With the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), finance and accounting departments have scrambled to put in place internal control systems as required by SOX section 404. Compliance with SOX and SEC regulations are certainly good reasons for companies to create a financial control system.
Basic Cost Accounting Information starts with cost: a financial measure within your accounting management system defined as resources consumed or acquired in accomplishing a specified purpose such as performing a service, providing a product, or carrying out a project or program regardless of when the resources were ordered, received, or paid. Cost can be defined in a variety of ways depending on the objectives or information desired. Continue reading What Are the Uses of Cost Accounting Information?
There were two things at the heart of the financial crises: the sub-prime home lending fiasco (with the bad loans then bundled into investment securities) and the use of credit default swaps that had organizations falling like dominoes once bad mortgage loans started taking some institutions down. How can you make sure your company succeeds? One way is using financial strategies for business success. Continue reading How to Use Financial Strategies for Business Success
According to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), an effective internal control system helps ensure that our organizational processes are functioning properly, that our financial information is reliable, and that we’re in compliance with applicable regulations. Businesses primarily implement an internal control system to protect themselves from internal fraud and abuse, while many do so with regulatory or standards compliance in mind. Continue reading Why Is an Effective Internal Control System Crucial for Success?
Writing procedures is an exercise in controlling compliance costs. You’re trying to comply with customer expectations, management objectives, government regulations, and/or industry standards, making compliance expensive. Regardless of the reason for compliance, wouldn’t you want to write as few procedures as possible if you could still conform to the compliance mandate and keep your compliance costs to a minimum? Continue reading How Do Procedures Reduce Compliance Costs?
When you hear the phrase “internal control system required by Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Section 404,?” do you automatically think of policies and procedures? Simply having accounting policies and procedures does not indicate an internal controls accounting system. Well-written accounting control procedures that document well-defined accounting processes, however, are an important component of the control system you are building. Continue reading What Are Accounting Controls and Processes?
How can you make the most of your accounting manual and accounting policies and accounting procedures to support your internal control objectives? Continue reading Do Your Accounting Procedures Drive Internal Control?