July 17, 2018

Accounting News Roundup: Poaching a Tax Partner and a Big 4 Feast | 02.13.18

King & Spalding Adds New York Tax Partner from KPMG [TAL]
Kevin Glenn, a 22-year vet of the House of Klynveld, is now complete: “Glenn said it was a ‘lifetime-long aspiration’ to become a law firm partner.” FWIW, he doesn’t expect the Big 4 to “make significant inroads” in the U.S. legal market. That sounds like a dare, PwC.

Carillion: accountants accused of ‘feasting’ on company [The Guardian]
MPs are not pleased about the £72 million in fees the Big 4 earned in the years leading up to the collapse of the construction company. “The image of these companies feasting on what was soon to become a carcass will not be lost on decent citizens,” a guy said.

The Terrible, Horrible No Good Tax Policy Buried In The Budget Deal [TPC]
Howard Gleckman writes that the provisions in the budget bill “expired at the end of 2016” and were brought back “for last year.” A year that you may recall, is already over. “[W]hat possible purpose is served by subsidizing activities that already have occurred?”

Court Enters Final Judgment Against Geoffrey H. Lunn for Role in Elaborate Investment Hoax [SEC]
I don’t recall hearing about this case featuring Geoffrey Lunn, who was sentenced to jail in 2014, but, yes, this final judgment from the SEC has a few details of his elaborate hoax. Through his phony investment firm, Dresdner Financial, Lunn stole $5 million. “Lunn did not invest any of the funds. He instead gave $848,500 to three Las Vegas call girls, withdrew over $1 million in cash and money transfers, made a $1 million Ponzi-like payment to a favored investor, paid over $1.3 million to individuals who helped market the fraudulent scheme, and used the remaining funds to pay for personal and business expenses.” Lunn even tried to blame it all on a one-eyed man, which he must’ve come up with after watching The Fugitive for the billionth time, and didn’t want to make it too obvious.

Previously, on Going Concern…

I wrote about senior managers who are on the fence about becoming partners.

In Open Items, “Just started at a Big 4 and struggling. Is it normal?

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Accounting News Roundup | 01.21.10

How to find the “best and brightest” [CPA Success]
This may be a better topic for the friendly HR professional but figuring out who these future accounting rock stars are before they show up on their first day is “more art than science”, as Tom Hood notes.
Popular to some old-school thought, GPA does not always indicate who’s going to dominate in the real world and “soft skills” — besides being a terrible term — are in more demand than ever.
Help The The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Help Haiti [Re: The Auditors]
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is having a drive today and since Francine’s friend is the CFO, we’ll be glad pass around the news:

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Guillermo Becerra, is the CFO of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. I asked him how I could help him, and the Red Cross, during what must be an incredibly busy time post-Haiti earthquake.


“The Chicagoland community will come together on Thursday, January 21 to give to the American Red Cross as we help the people of Haiti recover from the catastrophic earthquake that devastated their country last week.
The Chicago Helps Haiti media relief drive begins at 5 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Nearly every TV and radio station in our area will be promoting this fundraising effort throughout the day. You can help too, by giving via phone or online, and sharing your thoughts here, on Facebook or Twitter, and by asking others to give.
To give from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. CALL 1 (877) 565-5000 or visit www.chicagoredcross.org/haiti

Plus, we’re guessing that if you give, your 2009 tax return isn’t much of a concern.
If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe [NYT]
The Times is concerned that you have a shitty password which puts you at a huge risk of being hacked by someone sitting in their parents’ basement.

Imperva found that nearly 1 percent of the 32 million people it studied had used “123456” as a password. The second-most-popular password was “12345.” Others in the top 20 included “qwerty,” “abc123” and “princess.”

You know who you are, ye with stupid passwords. Also, don’t even think of changing it to “654321” because that drops in at #19.

Accounting News Roundup: Haiti Relief Passes Senate; Accounting Job Surge? CPAs Basically Control People’s Lives | 01.22.10

Senate votes for faster tax breaks for Haiti gifts [WaPo]
As expected, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation yesterday that allows taxpayers to deduct donations made for Haiti relief efforts. You have until the end of February to donate so that it may be included on your 2009 return.

Maybe it’s bad legislation but we’ve been over that.

CPA Jobs Set for Surge. But When? [CPA Trendlines]
That’s the question, isn’t it? Rick Telberg, who has done a great job of tracking the Bureau of Labor Statistics on accountants, points out that while the latest BLS forecasts a 22% increase (279,400 jobs) by 2018, there’s no indication that it’s happening now:

[M]any tax, accounting and finance professionals are still slogging through the Great Recession. The Association for Financial Professionals, for instance, reported that about one in four respondents say their organizations will contract in 2010. At the same time, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of private companies found 43 percent of CEOs and CFOs still budgeting no expansion over the next 12 months to 18 months. The data just seem to reinforce economic uncertainties and a weak outlook.


The BLS is looking past the past the recession for the jump in opportunities but just when the hell will that be? Just because the economy isn’t contracting currently, doesn’t mean it won’t in the future and this “recovery” has been tepid at best.

Theismann to CPAs: You Are the Conscience of America [Web CPA]
Joe Theismann gets it. He knows that without all of you out there in CPA land, your clients don’t stand a chance. They’d be finished. Finished!

“You’re the conscience of America,” Theismann told conference-goers. “You are the survivors in tough times. With accountants, I’m not looking for someone to file taxes and do my financials. I can do that myself online. In your position you can basically control people’s lives.”

So get out there and control somebody’s life. Joe Theismann is expecting it.