Enforcement actions against accountants declined last year

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board finalized slightly fewer enforcement actions against accountants in 2017, slipping from 79 in 2016 to 75 last year, according to a new report.

The report, from Cornerstone Research, found that while the number of finalized SEC actions declined, they actually increased from the PCAOB. The number of finalized SEC actions against auditors and audit firms in 2017 was only half the total in 2016, but PCAOB enforcement rose to its highest level with more actions taken against auditors and audit firms of brokers and dealers.

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