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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

$1 Million to comply with Section 404 of SOX

Electronic Clearing House Inc. estimated that its cost to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (PDF, html) will be approximately $1,000,000 in FY 2005. This figure is "comprised almost equally among added auditor expenses, accounting consultants and internal staff additions that will be required."

Reprint of press release on TMCnet.com.

Section 404 reads:

Section 404 -- Management Assessment of Internal Controls

a. Rules Required. The Commission shall prescribe rules requiring each annual report required by section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to contain an internal control report, which shall--

1. state the responsibility of management for establishing and maintaining an adequate internal control structure and procedures for financial reporting; and

2. contain an assessment, as of the end of the most recent fiscal year of the issuer, of the effectiveness of the internal control structure and procedures of the issuer for financial reporting.

b. Internal Control Evaluation and Reporting. With respect to the internal control assessment required by subsection (a), each registered public accounting firm that prepares or issues the audit report for the issuer shall attest to, and report on, the assessment made by the management of the issuer. An attestation made under this subsection shall be made in accordance with standards for attestation engagements issued or adopted by the Board. Any such attestation shall not be the subject of a separate engagement.

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