Potential Legislative Regulatory Changes: What You Should Know

By Christopher L. Wallace, CPA, Partner

Potential Legislative Regulatory Changes: What You Should Know

President Trump’s administration continues to push forward with its economic agenda, including a focus on deregulation to stimulate the economy and small businesses. On July 11, 2018, the House Financial Services Committee pushed forward with a bundle of bipartisan deregulatory bills that will “ensure small businesses have increased access to capital, enhance investor protections and improve investors’ ability to make informed decisions”. The panel delayed a vote on one of the bills – the Small Business Audit Correction Act of 2018, which would exempt privately held introducing broker-dealers from being subject to audits under the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

A parallel version of this measure is working its way through the Senate.  If it passes through the Senate, there appears to be sufficient support from the House and President Trump to change this aspect of the Dodd Frank Act. Keiter works with numerous introducing broker dealer organizations and we support this measure. We believe the PCAOB has had a positive impact on audit quality for all broker dealers since the PCAOB began regulating these audits in 2014 which has improved awareness for public accounting firms, introducing broker dealers, and the users of these financial statements with regard to the value of high quality audits.

Regardless of whether or not the PCAOB regulation is discontinued, we will to continue to deliver the high quality audit services that our broker dealer clients have come to expect.

Our Financial Services Industry team will keep you updated on this topic as well as other accounting and tax changes that are relevant to your business. Contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help. Email | Phone 804.747.0000

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Christopher L. Wallace

Christopher L. Wallace, CPA, Partner

Chris is a member of the Firm’s Financial Services Industry team, and specializes in serving the Firm’s broker dealer, hedge fund, private equity fund, real estate fund, and other financial service clients. Chris has 25 years of experience in public accounting providing audit and consulting services to clients in various industries.

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