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PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly expand the existing auditor’s report. The new standard would require the auditor’s report to include: (i) disclosure of “critical audit matters” (“CAMs”), (ii) disclosure of auditor tenure, and (iii) other related improvements to the auditor’s report. The new standard would generally apply to audits conducted under PCAOB standards, although broker-dealers, investment companies other than business development companies, employee benefit plans and emerging growth companies would be exempt from the CAM disclosure requirement. Continue

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