2024 SEC Filing Deadlines and Financial Statement Staleness Dates

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Financial statement issuers must assess many items when planning to file a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including which financial statements are required to be included in the registration statement. Many factors are considered when determining the appropriate financial statements to include in the registration statement, such as the appropriate filing status of the company, pro forma financial statement requirements, transactions, acquisitions, or investments in other businesses.

A description of the appropriate financial statements to be included in the registration statement can be found in SEC Rule 3-12 of Regulation S-X (Rule 3-12). Rule 3-12 outlines the age of financial statements and the ways in which the financial statements’ age is measured, which is from the most recent balance sheet date to the date of the effectiveness or date of filing of the registration statement. The annual financial statements must be audited, and the date of effectiveness must be within one year and 45 days from the audited balance sheet date. If the date of effectiveness is more than 134 days past the audited balance sheet date, additional unaudited and reviewed interim financial statements are required to be included in the registration statement filing.

Rule 3-12 has a filing calendar for U.S. issuer companies and outlines the final effective date for registration statements. The dates for annual statements represent the final date that a filing without any additional interim financial statements would be considered valid.

Our Accounting Advisory team regularly interprets and applies U.S. and international accounting standards and SEC reporting requirements to our client’s complex business transactions. We have experience with technical accounting issues and SEC reporting requirements, which provides our clients with an independent source of knowledge and expertise.

For further guidance on registration statement planning or to address specific questions on the filing requirements and deadlines, please connect with our Accounting Advisory team or your Cherry Bekaert advisor.

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