Do type II subsequent events impair financial reporting quality?

Keith Czerney, Jaime J. Schmidt, Anne M. Thompson, Wei Zhu

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Abstract

This study examines whether material corporate events that occur during the year-end closing process constrain management’s and the auditor’s resources and inhibit them from providing high-quality financial reports. For a sample of U.S. company financial reports issued during 2000–2013, we identify material corporate events using Type II subsequent event footnote disclosures (i.e., material events that occur in year tþ1, but prior to the issuance of the year t financial statements, yet do not affect amounts recognized in year t). We find that Type II subsequent events are associated with lower financial reporting quality, as measured by the need to subsequently restate the year t financial statements. The increased restatement likelihood only occurs when managers are resource-constrained. Auditors can mitigate the increased restatement risk, but only when they allocate more resources to the engagement. Our results underscore the importance of resource management in the financial reporting and audit processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-123
Number of pages27
JournalAccounting Review
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2019

Keywords

  • Disclosure
  • Financial reporting quality
  • Resource constraints
  • Restatements
  • Subsequent events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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