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.
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