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5 Crazy Fraud Stories You Would Never Believe (If They Weren’t True)

From Russian government assassinations to multimillion-dollar blood-testing scams, there’s never a shortage of surreal fraud stories to rock the financial industry each year. And each year, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) hosts the ACFE Global Fraud Conference to bring to life these hardly believable (yet true) financial cases by way of those who […]

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Survey: Accountants Want to Spend As Little Time In the Office As Humanly Possible This Summer

Here’s something that Adrienne and I are completely in agreement with: In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (52 percent) and early departure on Fridays (27 percent). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-four percent of senior managers […]

PCAOB Releases Teaser Trailer of 2018 Inspection Findings

Testing internal control over financial reporting, assessing risks of material misstatement, and auditing accounting estimates (you know, the yoozh) continue to trip up auditors, according to the PCAOB, which offered a sneak preview of what we can expect in 2018 audit firm inspection reports. More than 160 U.S. audit firms were inspected by the PCAOB […]

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UPDATED: What In the Hell Is Happening to CCH?

Get excited, Tax Twitter, you’re about to get your moment in the sun. Granted it’s a moment of total panic, but still, a moment. So, if you haven’t heard, CCH has been borked since yesterday. When we say borked, we don’t mean “some users are having access problems,” rather the entire thing has been nuked […]

Another Day, Another Fine for KPMG

Here we go again … A U.K. regulator on Wednesday fined KPMG LLP and a partner at the firm after they admitted to misconduct in relation to the audit of financial statements of Co-operative Bank PLC. The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s watchdog for accounting and audit, handed KPMG a fine of £5 million ($6.51 million) […]

Hiring Watch ’19: EY Is Looking for Some Fresh Faces In New Orleans

First Nashville, now the EY hiring caravan is heading to New Orleans. Ernst & Young, an international accounting and business services firm, will create an administrative support center in New Orleans that will add 200 employees in the next three years, city, state and economic development officials announced Monday (May 6). The center will be […]

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Accounting Fraud Watch: Samsung Bioepis, Celadon Group, More on BT Italy

Catching you up on the latest fraud happenings in the world of accounting. Two Samsung employees arrested over alleged cover-up [Financial Times] Two executives of Samsung’s biopharmaceutical unit were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of destroying evidence to cover up an alleged $3.9 billion accounting fraud. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office in South […]

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Here’s Another Article Advising Dumb-Ass Old People On How to Talk to the Youths at Work

Welcome back to another installment of “GC Shits on Legitimate Accounting Publications For Writing Stupid Advice.” I’m your host Adrienne. In today’s episode, we’re going to destroy this recent Journal of Accountancy article about how to improve cross-generational communication in a professional setting. Now that Generation Z has entered the workforce, colleagues at a single […]

The Big 4 Will Stomp On Your Creativity Like a Grape

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Nicola Mansfield talked about why she jumped ship from Deloitte Australia recently to become the managing director of Interbrand, a brand consulting firm owned by global advertising company Omnicom Group. Mansfield joined Deloitte in late 2015 after the Big 4 firm bought the brand and spatial design […]

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KPMG Just Can’t Stay Out of Trouble

On this week’s episode of “KPMG Did Something Bad” … A U.K. regulator on Tuesday fined KPMG LLP and three executives after an investigation that found misconduct in relation to the audit of financial statements of a Lloyd’s of London insurance syndicate. The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s watchdog for accounting and audit, fined KPMG £6 […]

Which Firm Topped the Big 4 in IPO Audits in Q1 of 2019?

2019 is supposed to be a record-breaking year for initial public offerings. At least that’s what the experts have been telling everyone. Barrett Daniels, Deloitte’s national IPO services leader, said the IPO market in 2019 “could end up being historic,” while Jackie Kelley, EY Americas IPO leader, said “this is going to be the best […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Forensic Accounting FTW

Happy Monday, gang. Today, we’re going to take a look at Vault’s 2020 ranking of the “Best Accounting Firms for Forensic Accounting.” We wanted to give some love to these number-crunching crime fighters who helped take down Paul Manafort and bust idiot celebrities who illegally tried to get their wannabe-celebrity children admitted into elite universities […]

PwC’s 2017 PCAOB Inspection Report Is Fairly Unspectacular

So far among the top seven firms in the U.S., the PCAOB has released 2017 inspections reports for five: one was god-awful (RSM US), one was horrible (KPMG), one was pretty, dare I say, good (Deloitte), and one was dynamic (Grant Thornton). PwC’s inspection report would probably fall on the “good” side (if you consider […]

Accounting Class Actions Are Once Again a Billion-Dollar Business

Well, looky here. The total value of accounting securities class-action settlements in 2018 reached the second highest total in the past decade, according to a new analysis by Cornerstone Research. The report found that while the number of accounting case settlements declined to 41 in 2018 from 49 in the previous year, total settlement value […]

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Grant Thornton Partner Killed In Car Crash

Some sad news to report, as a partner in Grant Thornton’s New York City office died in a one-car crash in Westport, Conn., on April 14. Cullen Walsh, 39, was identified by authorities on Tuesday as the person killed in the crash, according to the Westport News. Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday morning, first responders […]

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Busy Season Zen: Eight Straight Hours of Cat Purring

So here we are, the last Busy Season Zen of busy season. You almost made it, just a little bit more to go. If you’ve made it this far, certainly you can crawl your way to the finish line. For this week’s zen, we thought about doing satisfying factory videos or bears playing in someone’s […]

Ex-KPMG Executive Director’s Sentencing Put Off Until June

We won’t know until June at the earliest how much prison time former KPMG executive director Cynthia Holder will get for her involvement in a scheme to steal confidential audit inspection information from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Holder was supposed to be sentenced in Manhattan federal court on April 5, but her sentencing […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Tax Professionals

Hey there, tax jockeys. How’s your Wednesday been so far? Feeling less whiny today? Good. We have some new salary data to share with you, from the folks over at Korn Ferry, that might be of interest. The management consulting firm dug deep into its pay database, did some math, punched some buttons, and came […]

Let’s Congratulate Deloitte’s New Audit and Consulting Bosses

Before I sit down to watch the NCAA men’s basketball championship game tonight, I’d be remiss not to tell you guys about some big news coming out of D-town this afternoon: Deloitte US has appointed Lara Abrash as chair and CEO of Deloitte & Touche LLP, leading Deloitte’s U.S. Audit & Assurance practice; Dan Helfrich as chairman and CEO […]

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Busy Season Zen: Bath Time With Sweetheart

Birds can be kinda weird, as pets anyway. I mean, yeah I understand it’s just as weird to collect small predators who shit in a box, but birds can be loud, too clever for their own good, and the damn things tend to outlive everyone. Plus their ancestors are dinosaurs and the last thing you […]

Audit Deficiencies Got Much Worse Among Big 4 Firms in Canada

I came across an article on the site Canadian Accountant this morning that said Canada’s audit regulator, the Canadian Public Accountability Board, recently issued its annual inspection results for 2018, finding significant audit deficiencies increased from 15 in 2017 to 34 in 2018. Thirty-four total significant deficiency findings might not seem that bad compared to […]

Rhode Island Believes In Second Chances, Even for Deloitte

Back in January 2017, Caleb made mention that Rhode Island was pissed at Deloitte because, when the state rolled out a new computer system in September 2016 that the firm designed, it had more bugs in it than a Florida swamp. The computer system—known as the Unified Health Infrastructure Project (UHIP)—was supposed to streamline benefits, […]

Big 4 Calling On All Blockchain Nerds to Come Nerd Out At Their Firms

From CoinDesk: “Big Four” professional consulting firms Deloitte, KPMG and EY are all in the top five when it comes to posting blockchain job ads, according to new data from Indeed.com. The employment site released its latest figures for job postings relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin in the U.S. on Thursday, with the data covering […]

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Busy Season Zen: These Baby Frogs

As we crawl toward the end of busy season 2019, it’s important to remember just how unimportant you are in the scheme of things. I mean, out of billions of human beings on the planet you are but one speck, a cog in an invisible machine. Sorry, was that too deep? Let’s get back to […]

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PwC Embroiled In Massive Office-Wide Theft Scandal

People who aren’t accountants no doubt believe accounting to be one of the most trustworthy professions out there, second only to Buddhist monkistry, the clergy (in most cases, anyway), and professional seeing-eye dogging. However, despite being bound by a strict code of ethics under their respective professional licensing bodies, as well as their own rigid […]

RSM Pulled In $5.37 Billion In Revenue Globally In 2018

This slipped through the cracks, but it might be of interest to a few of you RSM fanboys and fangirls. RSM posts record revenues as consulting services power growth. Click here to read more: https://t.co/5EJKaHBnBT#RsmGlobal #revenue #RSMae #People pic.twitter.com/Vym6mOuC9j — RSMae (@RSM_ae) January 31, 2019 The $5.37 billion in global revenue the firm hauled in […]

Going Concern March Madness: Ultimate Tech Showdown

Once upon a time, our former dear leader Caleb — who is not exactly known as the pinnacle of red-blooded, sports-loving American male — got the bright idea to gift the accounting profession with its very own March Madness competition. Although it was wildly popular those first two years, it also ended in embarrassment for […]

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Busy Season Zen: Dis Fluff

I really hope y’all are prepared for today’s zen, as it might be the cutest thing you’ll see all week. Well, all day for sure. Hell, you probably haven’t seen anything so cute ever in your life, especially given that you’re wasting so much of it rotting away in a cube farm waiting for the […]