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Retention of Records Relevant to Audits and Reviews

SEC | January 22, 2003

The Securities and Exchange Commission today approved the adoption of Rule 2-06 of Regulation S-X to implement Section 802 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Documents to be retained - Rule 2-06(a) will require that accounting firms retain records relevant to the audits or reviews of issuers' and registered investment companies' financial statements, including workpapers and other documents that form the basis of the audit or review, and memoranda, correspondence, communications, other documents, and records (including electronic records), which are created, sent or received in connection with the audit or review, and contain conclusions, opinions, analyses, or financial data related to the audit or review.

Time of retention - Rule 2-06(a) also will require that records be retained for seven years after the auditor concludes the audit or review of the financial statements, instead of the proposed period of five years...

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