In testimony on Capitol Hill, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox said that the costs of complying with Sarbanes-Oxley's Section 404 will go down, but reiterated his position that there was no need for another delay in 404 compliance for smaller filers. Testifying before the House Committee on Small Business, Cox said, "The focus of this hearing is on whether the SEC's new guidance for management, and the PCAOB's new standard for auditors, will lower compliance costs for small companies. The answer is yes." Cox said he did not support further delays in the current deadline for small companies -- generally defined as those with less than $75 million market cap -- to file their first management report on internal control. The chairman said the costs of SOX will go down under the SEC's new guidance because companies "will be able to focus on the areas that present the greatest risk of material misstatements in the financials," and will be able to "exercise significant judgment in designing an evaluation tailored to its individual circumstances."
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