Public companies and their auditors will have some added leeway to ensure compliance with still unfinalized Public Company Accounting Oversight Board rules restricting the kinds of tax services auditors can provide.

The board adopted the auditor independence rules last July. In November, it adopted a number of amendments aimed at streamlining the final approval needed from the Securities and Exchange Commission. At that time, the board set a date for some of the new rule's pre-approval requirements to be enacted, which could have kicked in after March 31.

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