PCAOB Enforcement Activity Up Sharply in 2022, with Highest Monetary Penalties Imposed in the Board’s History – Cornerstone Research

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) increased its enforcement activity sharply in 2022, disclosing the most enforcement actions in five years, and handing down the highest monetary penalties since its establishment in 2002, according to a new report released today by Cornerstone Research.

The report, PCAOB Enforcement Activity—2022 Year in Review, found that in 2022, the PCAOB disclosed 29 disciplinary actions involving the performance of an audit and/or a firm’s system of quality control, up 61% from 2021 and the most since 2017. Nearly half of those actions were disclosed in the fourth quarter. Monetary penalties in 2022 totaled close to $10.5 million, almost ten times more than in the previous year, with $8.8 million tied to Q4 actions.

Source: PCAOB Enforcement Activity Up Sharply in 2022, with Highest Monetary Penalties Imposed in the Board’s History – Cornerstone Research