SEC APPROVES SOX 404(B) EXTENSIONWashington, D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a one-year extension of the compliance date for smaller public companies to meet the Section 404(b) auditor attestation requirement of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

With the extension, smaller companies will now be required to provide the attestation reports in their annual reports for fiscal years ending on or after Dec. 15, 2009. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox first proposed the one-year delay for small businesses during December 2007 testimony before the House Small Business Committee, and the SEC formally proposed this extension on Feb. 1, 2008.

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