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Senate Bill Gives Sarbanes-Oxley Exemption to Small Banks

Banks holding less than $1 billion in assets could receive an exemption from the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Under S. 1962, the Community Bank Access to Capital Act of 2017, the proposed Senate bill frees smaller banks from the more complicated and expensive reforms under Sarbanes-Oxley. S. 1962 also requires public companies to hire an external auditor to attest to management’s internal controls over financial reporting. The bill’s co-sponsor, Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), stated the proposed measure would promote growth among community banks and help them support their communities. Section 404(b) advocates. Read More.

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FASB Agrees on Guidance for Troubled Debt Restructurings

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to clarify its guidance for troubled debt restructurings under Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. During its September 6 meeting, the FASB agreed that lenders should assess the impact of the restructuring when the individual troubled loan is known. In certain situations, banks are free to make estimates based on historic data, which the FASB refers to as a “portfolio-level” approach. FASB member Christine Botosan remarked that the decision allows banks to estimate troubled debt restructurings earlier, wherein the estimation. Read More.

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Bank Regulators Add Guidance for FASB Credit Loss Standard

Several bank regulators have updated their interpretive guidance regarding the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) credit loss standard. The revised guidance from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will be added to the December 2016-published frequently asked questions document that explains why the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. The new guidance addresses how to handle subjective information when banks estimate their loss reserves when applying ASU No. 2016-13. In. Read More.

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CAQ Study Shows Big Drop in Financial Restatements

Evaluating financial restatement trends over the ten-year period after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s (SOX) implementation, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) recently released the findings of its study, Financial Restatement Trends in the United States: 2003–2012. Authored by University of Kansas Professor Susan Scholz, the report focuses on restatement activity that was disclosed by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-registered filers. Per Scholz’s analysis and findings, it was determined that financial restatements have dramatically decreased over the years. Major takeaways from the report include the following: Contributed to the implementation of SOX Section 404 internal control reporting, restatement announcements reached its peak. Read More.

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