The Financial Restatements Procedure ensures financial reporting errors are investigated and resolved in a timely manner, and that financial restatements are completed in accordance with ethical and legal requirements and accepted accounting practices. The procedure applies to mathematical mistakes, misapplication of accounting principles, improper oversight or control, misuse or misstatement of facts. (10 pages, 1986 words)
Financial Restatements Responsibilities:
The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is responsible for overseeing investigations into reporting errors, preparing and submitting all financial restatements as required by law and by company policy, and for preparing press releases about restatements.
Top Management, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer), the Controller, and the Board of Directors are responsible for cooperating with inquiries into financial statement errors, and for reviewing and approving all financial restatements.
The Audit Team Leader is responsible for review and approval of root cause analysis and investigation results of material errors in financial statements.
Financial Restatements Definitions:
Auditor – A qualified accountant who inspects the accounting records and practices of a business or other organization.
Audit Team – Body formed by a company’s Board of Directors to oversee internal and external audit operations. Sarbanes-Oxley (USA) requires that publicly traded companies form an Audit Team from the Board of Directors.
Financial Statements – Statements that give an overall picture of business operations and of financial condition.
Financial Restatement – When a company, either voluntarily or prompted by regulators or auditors, revises previous financial statements.
Form 10-Q/A – Form 10-Q is the form and instructions used for submitting quarterly financial reports to the SEC. “Q/A” is used when submitting a financial report that amends a previously submitted 10-Q.
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