EBay Reports Material Weakness: Second Control Deficiency in Three Years

Last week on February 6, in its Fiscal 2016 10-K, eBay (EBAY) disclosed a material weakness in its internal controls over financial reporting (“ICFR“). The deficiency related to a failure to properly apply tax accounting and affected the Deferred Tax Asset and Income Tax Benefit … Continue reading

Literature Review: “Qualitative Characteristics of Financial Reporting Errors Deemed Immaterial by Managers”

In this post, we look at a recent paper titled “Qualitative Characteristics of Financial Reporting Errors Deemed Immaterial by Managers” by Preeti Choudhary, Kenneth Merkley, and Katherine Schipper. The authors use Audit Analytics’ databases on restatements and immaterial error corrections to provide an in-depth analysis of the … Continue reading

When is a Cybersecurity Incident Material?

Recently we discussed the principle of materiality in the context of Valeant Pharmaceuticals and its Variable Interest Entity (VIE), Philidor. In that post we examined two key concepts in assessing materiality, namely quantitative and qualitative. It is possible for something to be quantitatively immaterial, … Continue reading