Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox plans to propose another year’s delay in imposing Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 requirements for small public companies.In testimony before the House Small Business Committee in mid-December, Cox said that he thought the additional delay would allow regulators to assimilate the results of a study now underway on the costs of 404 compliance. “I intend to propose to the commission that we authorize a further one-year delay in implementation for small businesses in order to base our decision on final implementation of Section 404(b) on the best available cost data,” he said.

Results of that study are not expected to be available until mid-2008.

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