Public Company Accounting Oversight Board - PCAOB


DEFINITION of 'Public Company Accounting Oversight Board - PCAOB'

A non-profit organization that regulates auditors of publicly traded companies.

BREAKING DOWN 'Public Company Accounting Oversight Board - PCAOB'

The PCAOB was established as a result of the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The board's aim is to protect investors and other stakeholders of public companies by ensuring that the auditor of a company's financial statements has followed a set of strict guidelines.

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  1. Do dividends affect working capital?

    Regardless of whether cash dividends are paid or accrued, a company's working capital is reduced. When cash dividends are ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Do prepayments provide working capital?

    Prepayments, or prepaid expenses, are typically included in the current assets on a company's balance sheet, as they represent ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Does working capital include salaries?

    A company accrues unpaid salaries on its balance sheet as part of accounts payable, which is a current liability account, ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is a profit and loss (P&L) statement and why do companies publish them?

    A profit and loss (P&L) statement, or balance sheet, is essentially a snapshot of a company's financial activity for ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do dividends affect the balance sheet?

    Dividends paid in cash affect a company's balance sheet by decreasing the company's cash account on the asset side and decreasing ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Do dividends go on the balance sheet?

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