Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Major/Program

Business Administration

First Advisor's Name

Abhijit Barua

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dasaratha Rama

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Co-committee chair

Third Advisor's Name

Kannan Raghunandan

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Fourth Advisor's Name

Suchismita Mishra

Fourth Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Keywords

early filing, financial statements, determinants, arl

Date of Defense

3-17-2021

Abstract

The objective of this study is to identify the determinants of early filers (firms that file before their filing deadline) and to ascertain whether their accounting quality differs from that of timely filers. In 2005, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) accelerated the filing deadlines affecting fiscal year 2006 and onward. An analysis of audit opinions of Form 10-K from years 2007 to 2019 shows that the Audit Reporting Lag, or ARL (the number of days between the fiscal year end and auditor signature date), is 12 days or more ahead of the deadlines in approximately 40% of the firm-years. The first essay documents the determinants of early filing and examines how the determinants differ from factors that affect ARL as documented in prior studies. Findings in my empirical analyses show that not all ARL determinants have the same impact on early filing. In my second essay, I investigate the accounting quality of early filers by utilizing two widely used measures: propensity to restatements and abnormal accruals. I document that the propensity to restate financial statements of early filers is significantly lower than that of the on-time filers. My other measure, abnormal accruals, indicates no statistical difference between early and on-time filers. Since the likelihood of restatements is a stronger inverse measure of accounting quality, the evidence reported in this study suggests that early filing can be a signal of better financial reporting quality. Moreover, timeliness is considered a qualitative or enhancing attribute of financial information; it is a desirable outcome for a firm to file early as long as it can guarantee that the financial statements are free of error. One can reasonably assume that auditors will not sign their audit reports early unless they are comfortable with their audited numbers. Although many prior studies have investigated ARL, those have focused mainly on late filers. To the best of my knowledge, this study is the first to investigate early filers and their accounting quality.

Identifier

FIDC009717

Available for download on Sunday, April 16, 2023

Included in

Accounting Commons

Share

COinS
 

Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).