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FEI Survey: SOX 404 Compliance Costs Up 39 percent

FEI Survey: SOX 404 Compliance Costs Up 39 percent

by Rick Turoczy on March 21, 2005

Compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has become a far more expensive proposition than originally thought, as the average cost of complying with the internal controls mandate has hit $4.36 million, a 39 percent jump from 2004 estimates, according to a recent survey from Financial Executives International.

The organization of financial professionals, which surveyed 217 public companies with average revenues of $5 billion and asked them to gauge their Section 404 compliance costs, said that the out-of-pocket increase stems from a 66 percent leap in external costs for consulting, software and other vendors, and a 58 percent increase in the fees charged by external auditors.

In a breakdown, FEI said that 404 compliance averaged $1.34 million for internal costs, $1.72 million for external costs and $1.30 million for auditor fees. The auditor fees are in addition to companies’ financial statement audit fees.

FEI Survey: SOX 404 Compliance Costs Up 39 percent

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