5. You are the project manager at a large accounting firm in the United States. Throughout the year your firm provides both consulting services and accounting/ auditing services to XYZ Widgets, Inc, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Currently, your project involves auditing the financial statements of XYZ Widgets Inc, in preparation for the annual shareholders/ investors meeting.
While your team is in the midst of project execution, you are informed that your project is due to new SEC regulations. Specifically, a new SEC regulation prohibits accounting firms from providing both consulting services and auditing services to a client, due to potential conflicts of interest that could arise from such business relationships. As a result, your project is cancelled, and the budget for your project is cut. Without the necessary budget, your project team is disbanded and your project team members go to their separate ways. Which of the following statements are true?