What is your opinion concerning the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Since the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley, auditors have had civil and criminal liability and are required to take personal responsibility for financial statements. This activity will assist you with understanding your responsibilities and the legal ramifications of not meeting them. This background information will assist you with completing the final project and will provide preparation for a career in auditing.

Critics of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act do not believe the act will be effective at deterring accounting frauds because it primarily relies on specifying new crimes and higher penalties (e.g., increased maximum fines and prison terms). Critics argue that if corporate executives are not deterred by the prospect of 5 or 10 years in prison (which existed pre-Sarbanes-Oxley), the threat of imprisonment will have little or no practical effect no matter what the maximum is raised to. Thus, critics conclude that the act was more an expression of political outrage than good policy.

Proponents of the act believe the new crimes, increased penalties, and the other provisions in the act will be effective at significantly reducing corporate accounting fraud.

For your initial post, provide your opinion concerning the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and support your thoughts with at least one scholarly source in addition to the textbook.


Textbook used: Auditing & Assurance Services 10th Edition

By: William F. Messier Jr.

Steven M. Glover

Douglas F. Prawitt