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.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore and examine the various critical components of Regulation S-X requirements for financial statements.
  • Identify and evaluate Regulation S-K requirements for information outside the financial statements, including Management's Discussion and Analysis and executive compensation.
  • Explore the purpose and use of form 8K.
  • Recognize and become familiar with the SEC's filing forms and rules.
  • Identify and review SEC staff accounting bulletin process and financial reporting releases.
  • Discover and understand SEC comment letters: how to deal with them and how to avoid them.
Last updated/reviewed: March 16, 2024
2 Reviews (19 ratings)


Anonymous Author
Good overview of regulation S-X and S-K, and Form 8-K. PDF of slide show is useful.

Anonymous Author
I enjoyed the course, and I found it very informative.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to SEC Segment 3 Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-K3:00
  Regulation S-X Article 1 and 219:04
  Regulation S-X Article 3 and 413:41
  Regulation S-X Article 10,11 and 1210:55
  Regulation S-K16:39
  Regulation S-K Cont'd18:23
  Form 8-K5:20
  SEC Comment Letter Process11:41
  Articles Definitions5:14
  Appendix SEC Forms2:32
  Securities and Exchange Commission: Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-K1:39:07
  Slides: Securities and Exchange Commission: Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-KPDF
  Securities and Exchange Commission: Focus on Regulation S-K, S-X and Form 8-K Glossary/ IndexPDF