Concerns that the outsourcing of finance and accounting functions impedes the ability to control key processes related to compliance and governance appear to have abated, according to a survey commissioned by Accenture.

Among 203 executives surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, nearly 60 percent now believe that the outsourcing of finance functions enhances the ability to adhere with compliance regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley. And more than half believe that outsourcing alleviates the burden of staying on top of frequent changes to tax codes and accounting rules, while also providing an increased level of information transparency, visibility of controls and clarity of accountability.

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