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SEC Segment 3: Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-K

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  • Exploring Regulation S-X
    8 mins
  • Auditor Independence
    19 mins
  • Rules of General Application
    31 mins
  • Interim Financial Statement Periods to be covered
    44 mins
  • Financial information
    58 mins
  • Registration Statement and Prospectus Item
    68 mins
  • Exhibit Item 600
    80 mins
  • SEC comment letter - Process
    94 mins
  • Staff legal bulletins
    101 mins
  • SEC Forms
    110 mins

Course Description

SEC Filing and Reporting Requirements – Regulation S-X, S-K and 8K

As part of the SEC mission to protect investors, the SEC outlines an abundance of reporting requirements for publicly traded companies.  This course will delve into Regulation S-X, S-K and 8K that lays out reporting requirements for various SEC filings used by public companies.   

Regulation S-X is a prescribed regulation in the U.S. that lays out the specific form and content of financial reports, specifically the financial statements of public companies. Regulation S-X extends the meaning of the term 'financial statements' to include all notes to the statements and all related schedules. Regulation S-X is closely related to Regulation S-K lays out reporting requirements for various SEC filings and registrations used by public companies. Regulation S-X profoundly affects internal and external accountants, auditors and officers and numerous officials, employees and contractors of publicly reporting companies.  Because of the need for accurate reporting, any operation of a company may be affected to require ultimate compliance with Regulation S-X and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In  a company's history, Regulation S-K first applies with the Form S-1 that companies use to register their securities with the  SEC as the “registration statement” under the SEC Act of 1933.   Thereafter, Regulation S-K applies to the ongoing reporting requirements in documents such as forms 10-K and 8-K. 

Regulation S-K applies to:

  • Registration statements under the Securities Act to the extent provided in the forms to be used for registration under that Act.
  • Registration statements under section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • Annual or other reports under sections 13 and 15(d) 
  • Going-private transaction statements under section 13.
  • Tender offer statements under sections 13 and 14;[5]
  • Annual reports to security holders and proxy and information statements under section 14; and
  • Any other documents required to be filed under the Exchange Act, to the extent provided in the forms and rules under that Act.

A public company is initially impacted by Regulation S-K with its IPO (initial public offering of shares). Form S-1 contains the basic business and financial information on an issuer with respect to a specific securities offering. Investors may use the prospectus to consider the merits of an offering and make educated investment decisions. A prospectus is one of the main documents used by an investor to research a company prior to an initial public offering.

An 8-K is a report of unscheduled material events or corporate changes at a company that could be of importance to the shareholders or the SEC. Also known as a Form 8K, the report notifies the public of events, including acquisitions, bankruptcy, the resignation of directors, or changes in the fiscal year.


  • Finance professionals
  • Accounting professionals
  • Auditing Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Board and Executive management of public companies or companies considering an IPO

Topics Covered

This session will provide the participant with an overview of the SEC filing and financial reporting requirements related to Regulation S-K from the accountant's perspective. We will discuss elements that accountants and auditors must be aware of when preparing those filings as well as obtain an understanding of reference materials available.  This includes a discussion of the various sections of regulation S-X and S-K and 8K.

This Online Accounting CPE Course is one of the best courses for Accountants and Approved for CPE Credits for CPA,CMA,CIA & Others. It's a Part of Series:

SEC Segment 1: SEC Authority and Responsibilities

SEC Segment 2: SEC Mandates and Objectives

SEC Segment 3: Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-K

SEC Segment 4: SEC Reporting Focus on 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K

SEC Segment 5: Enforcement and Rulemaking

Learning Objectives

  • To examine the various critical components of Regulation S-X requirements for financial statements
  • To evaluate Regulation S-K requirements for information outside the financial statements, including Management's Discussion and Analysis and executive compensation.
  • To explore the purpose and use of form 8K.
  • Become familiar with the SEC's filing forms and rules
  • Review SEC staff accounting bulletin process and financial reporting releases
  • To understanding SEC comment letters: how to deal with them and how to avoid them

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Certified Valuation Analysts
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Pros
  • Financial Investigator
  • Financial Planner
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA