Compliance with 1934 Securities Exchange Act Reporting Requirements During Annual Broker-Dealer Audits is Key, Say SEC Officials

Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Trading and Markets Robert Cook and Chief Accountant James Kroeker are reminding auditors that it is important that they comply with specific 1934 Securities Exchange Act reporting requirements when performing annual broker-dealer audits. Earlier this month, the two SEC officials sent a letter to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Stock Brokerage and Investment Banking Expert Panel Chair Stephen Zammitti.

Per Kroeker and Cook, under the 1934 Securities Exchange Act’s Rule 17a-5, broker-dealers must file yearly reports, supplemental reports, and supporting schedules. They also noted that Under Rule 15c3-1, a supporting schedule must include required and actual net capital and, when applicable, computation of the customer reserve requirement, as well as information about possession or control requirements.

The two SEC officials issued the reminder that brokerage firms have to submit an accountant’s report about the supporting schedule from a registered public accounting firm and that the yearly financial report audits must meet accepted auditing standards. Cook and Kroeker also said that even though the Dodd-Frank Act gave the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board the authority to put forth an auditing and attestation standard for broker dealers’ PCAOB-registered auditors, per recent SEC interpretive guideline auditors should keep adhering to AICPA standards until further rulemaking. The two SEC officials emphasized the need for accounting firms to review internal accounting records, the accounting system, and procedures for safeguarding securities and that, per Rule 17a-5, the audit and review’s scope must be enough to provide enough assurance that any “material inadequacies… would be disclosed.”

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Read the SEC Guidance (PDF)

The 1934 Securities and Exchange Act

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