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Overview

Now updated and fully revised, The Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Implementation Toolkit, Second Edition helps large or small companies continue to meet the complex internal control reporting requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. Brimming with a wealth of forms and checklists, the new edition helps you get up to speed quickly with SOX 404 requirements and makes the compliance process repeatable, more efficient, and more effective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470169315
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Ramos, CPA, also author of Wiley Practitioner's Guide to GAAS and How to Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404: Assessing the Effectiveness of Internal Control, Third Edition is a consultant and professional writer primarily in auditing and accounting technical matters. He has written numerous successful products, including nonauthoritative practice aids, implementation guides, and authoritative AICPA audit and accounting guides. In addition to text-based products, he has authored a variety of training programs, including computer-based multimedia training and audio and video scripts. Ramos has also written in the areas of ethics, auditing, and fraud detection.

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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part I Tools for Management 1

ADM-1 General Work Program 3

ADM-2 Project Planning Summary 17

ADM-2a Checklist for Summarizing Project Team Competence and Objectivity 31

ADM-2b.1 Worksheet for Determining and Documenting Significant Accounts and Disclosures 34

ADM-2b.2 Mapping of Business Processes to Significant Accounts and Disclosures 40

ADM-2c Example Inquiries to Identify Changes to Internal Control 45

ADM-3 Senior Management Review Checklist 47

ADM-4 Checklist for Preparation of Management's Report on Internal Control Effectiveness 52

Part II Documentation of Internal Control Design 57

DOC-1 Work Program for the Review of Documentation of Entity-Level Controls 59

DOC-1a Assessment of Internal Control Effectiveness: Overall Approach to Review of the Documentation of Entity-Level Controls 62

DOC-1b Assessment of Internal Control Effectiveness: Checklist for the Review of the Documentation of Entity-Level Controls 66

DOC-2 Work Program for the Review of Documentation of Activity-Level Controls 80

DOC-2a Assessment of Internal Control Effectiveness: Overall Approach to Review of the Documentation of Activity-Level Controls 82

DOC-2b Assessment of Internal Control Effectiveness: Checklist for the Review of the Documentation of a Significant Transaction or Business Unit/Location 85

DOC-3 Documentation Techniques and Selected Examples for Routine Transactions 87

DOC-4 Checklist for Evaluating SOX 404 Software 110

Part III Internal Control Testing Programs 113

Entity-Level Controls Testing Tools 115

TST-ENT-1 Summary of Observations and Conclusions about Entity-Level Control Effectiveness 119

TST-ENT-1a Checklist for Small Business Entity-Level Controls 135

TST-ENT-2 Work Program for Testing Entity-Level Control Effectiveness 143

TST-ENT-3 Index to Tests of Entity-Level Controls: Inquiries and Surveys 171

TST-ENT-3a Entity-Level Tests of Operating Effectiveness: Inquiry Note Sheets—Management 176

TST-ENT-3b Entity-Level Tests of Operating Effectiveness: Inquiry Note Sheets—Board Members 187

TST-ENT-3c Entity-Level Tests of Operating Effectiveness: Inquiry Note Sheets—Audit Committee Members 193

TST-ENT-3d Entity-Level Tests of Operating Effectiveness: Inquiry Note Sheets—Employees 200

TST-ENT-3e Example Employee Survey 207

TST-ENT-4 Index to Tests of Entity-Level Controls: Inspection of Documentation 215

TST-ENT-4a Worksheet to Document Inspection of Documentation of Performance of Entity-Level Controls 217

TST-ENT-5 Index to Tests of Entity-Level Controls: Observation of Operations 220

TST-ENT-5a Worksheet to Document Observation of Operation of Entity-Level Controls 222

TST-ENT-6 Index to Tests of Entity-Level Controls: Reperformance of Controls 225

TST-ENT-6a Worksheet to Document Reperformance of Entity-Level Controls 227

TST-ENT-7 Work Program for Reviewing a Report on IT General Control Effectiveness 230

TST-ENT-7a Planning and Review of Scope of Tests of IT General Control Effectiveness 235

TST-ENT-8 Work Program for Performing an IT General Controls Review 241
Guidelines for Testing Activity–Level Control Effectiveness 245

TST-ACT-1 Guidelines and Example Inquiries for Performing Walkthroughs 253

TST-ACT-2 Example Testing Program for Activity-Level Tests of Controls 261

TST-ACT-2a Example Testing Program for Control Operating Effectiveness: Revenue 262

TST-ACT-2b Example Testing Program for Control Operating Effectiveness: Purchases and Expenditures 267

TST-ACT-2c Example Testing Program for Control Operating Effectiveness: Cash Receipts and Disbursements 271

TST-ACT-2d Example Testing Program for Control Operating Effectiveness: Payroll 275

TST-ACT-3 Work Program for the Review of a Type 2 SAS No. 70 Report 279

TST-ACT-3a Type 2 SAS No. 70 Report Review Checklist 282

TST-ACT-4 Process Owners’ Monitoring of Control Effectiveness 289

Part IV Example Letters and Other Communications 295

COM-1 Example Engagement Letter for Outside Consultants to Management 297

COM-2 Example Management Representation Letter 301

COM-3 Example Management Reports on Effectiveness of Internal Control over Financial Reporting 303

COM-4 Example Subcertification 305

Appendix A 307

About the CD-ROM 385

Index 389

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