2023 Year-end toolkit: Navigating materiality assessments

PwC's accounting podcast

Jan 11 2024 • 26 mins

In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, our guests share insights on key areas of the year-end accounting and reporting process.

In this episode, guest host Kyle Moffatt, PwC National Office Professional Practice leader, sits down with PwC’s US Trust Solutions Quality Management leader, Michael Mullen, to help us navigate materiality judgments in a challenging financial environment.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • 2:10 - A discussion of the guiding principles of SAB 99 and its importance in the current macroeconomic environment
  • 5:41 - A refresher on the framework for evaluating materiality and errors in financial statements, including both quantitative and qualitative aspects
  • 7:05 - Observations on the increase in SEC staff comments and requests for SAB 99 analyses to support materiality judgments
  • 8:40 -Recent SEC statements on the increased trends in restatements and revisions, including considerations for preparers and auditors working through materiality assessments and reminders on the control implications
  • 15:55 -A discussion of the role of the audit committee and the importance of proactively engaging with those charged with governance when dealing with materiality judgments
  • 17:45 - Key takeaways for preparers and auditors in navigating the heightened risk of fraud and the significance of understanding the role of each stakeholder in the financial reporting process
  • 21:40 - Final advice for preparers on improving processes and controls to effectively avoid errors

For more information on key SEC rules, refer to our publications on cybersecurity disclosures and cybersecurity materiality assessments. Additionally, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app for upcoming episodes in our Year-end toolkit series.

Michael Mullen is PwC’s US Trust Solutions Quality Management leader. In this role, he oversees complex client issues, providing technical insights and expertise in support of overall quality. With over 30 years of client service experience, Michael has led numerous global client engagements.

Kyle Moffatt is PwC’s Professional Practice leader, leading a team responsible for working with standard setters and regulators as well as delivering brand-defining thought leadership and educational materials. He also consults with engagement teams and audit clients on SEC reporting matters. Before PwC, Kyle spent almost 20 years with the SEC, most recently as Chief Accountant and Disclosure Program Director in the Division of Corporation Finance.

Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability-related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.

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