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 […]

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CPA Exam Pass Rates For 2019 Are Off to an Excellent Start

Whenever big CPA exam changes hit, some folks rush and try to get it done before the changes take effect. We saw this in 2010 with the pending implementation of CBT-e, a revamped “version” of the CPA exam that served little-to-no purpose other than getting CPA exam candidates worked up like a pack of untrained […]

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 […]

PwC Once Again Tops Vault Accounting 50 (2020)

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at GC HQ when our friends at Vault put out their yearly rankings of the top accounting firms in the U.S. in several categories. But for now, we’re going to focus on the overall top 50 ranking. The No. 1 firm in the U.S. for 2020, […]

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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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The Definitive Guide to Choosing a CPA Review Course

I’ve been writing about the CPA exam for, yeesh, it’ll be 12 years this summer. TWELVE YEARS. I wish I could say that’s like half my life, but I’m old now so it’s more like a third of it, which is still a pretty sizable chunk of it, all things considered. In that time, I’ve […]

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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 […]

Tim Ryan Crunches More Than Just Numbers

A couple hours ago, as I’m putting together today’s newsletter, Adrienne and I got a text from Caleb that said, “Tim Ryan does 1,200 sit-ups in a day? Holy shit.” I thought, “What the hell is he talking about?” So, I Googled “Tim Ryan PwC sit-ups,” and sure enough, a March 13 Wall Street Journal […]

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4 Reasons the Accounting Firm Timesheet Must Evolve in 2019

It’s 4:45 on a Friday afternoon at Accounting Firm, USA. Fee earners are itching to start their weekends, but one final task remains. Before the happy hour beer taps can flow, before elated dogs (and disinterested cats) can greet their returning owners home, before the family can pile into the minivan and head out to […]

PwC Settles with FDIC for $335 Million Over Colonial Bank’s Epic Collapse

Well, this was some news I really wasn’t expecting today. FDIC as Receiver for Colonial Bank, Montgomery, AL, reached a $335 million settlement with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP related to professional negligence claims. Colonial Bank failed on August 14, 2009. https://t.co/W2ohFNCvRe — FDIC Gov (@FDICgov) March 15, 2019 Here is the full statement from the FDIC: The […]

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Busy Season Zen: Whatever the Hell Is Happening Here

You know, I debated posting this as a Busy Season Zen as it’s less zen and more… I don’t even know. But I figure at this stage in the game, you could use a break or at least be reminded that there’s a big, weird, wonderful world out there beyond your cubicle. Yeah, let’s go […]

Auditor Swap: Fitbit Dumps PwC In Favor of Grant Thornton

The Purple Rose of Chicago just got itself a new engagement. Via Reuters: Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has dismissed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a review of its fees and appointed Grant Thornton LLP, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The filing states that Fitbit chose not to renew its engagement with PwC […]

No One Seems to Care That Deloitte Named Joe Ucuzoglu CEO

Is it me or does there seem to be absolutely no buzz about Joe Ucuzoglu being elected as the new CEO of Deloitte? Is it because people are still talking about yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former KPMG partner David Middendorf? Or maybe because we’ve known unofficially since December that Ucuzoglu was going […]

Wisconsin CPA Who Fatally Struck Illinois State Trooper with His Car Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Homicide

Scott Larsen appeared in a Skokie, Ill. courtroom on March 11, where the Wisconsin accountant pleaded not guilty to felony reckless homicide charges in the January death of Illinois State Trooper Christopher Lambert. According to a Chicago Tribune report, Larsen, 61, also pleaded not guilty to violating Scott’s Law, which increases potential penalties for motorists […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: David Middendorf and Jeffrey Wada GUILTY!

A Manhattan jury on Monday convicted former KPMG partner David Middendorf and former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board staffer Jeffrey Wada for their roles in one of the biggest accounting scandals in recent years. Law360 court reporter Jack Newsham broke the news on Twitter earlier this afternoon: BREAK – Middendorf, Wada convicted on all but […]

A List of Prominent Accounting Incompetence

In this age of pervasive unavoidable media, everyone has a platform, a handle, a persona, a BRAND. Or at least they want to. The reality is that no one gives a shit about your brand or your proprietary hashtag that is 50 million light-years away from trending. It’s bleak to think about, but the truth […]

KPMG Appeals One-Year Auditing Suspension In Oman, Loses

KPMG couldn’t talk its way out of trouble, as an independent appellate court in Oman recently upheld a securities regulator’s ruling last November that prohibits the firm from taking on any new auditing clients for one year. In a statement on March 3, the Capital Market Authority of the Sultanate of Oman said: “Capital Market […]

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Busy Season Zen: This Car Wrap

Well, it’s Friday so you know what that means, time for another edition of Busy Season Zen. I scoured the Interwebs to bring you a quality video today, one that doesn’t involve baby doggos or kitties or children because sometimes the whole “it’s cute because it’s a baby” thing gets old. It’s a true shame […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Credentialed Accountants vs. Non-credentialed Accountants

In its annual salary survey, the Institute of Management Accountants always includes a section comparing compensation for accountants who are either CPAs, CMAs (Certified Management Accountants), or both with accountants who hold neither credential. And every year the IMA finds that credentialed accountants make more money than those without a CPA or CMA. Makes sense. […]

Ex-KPMG Partner’s Fraud Trial: David Middendorf Takes the Stand

Law360 court reporter Jack Newsham wrote on Feb. 28 that it could happen this week, and he was right: Former KPMG partner David Middendorf took the stand this afternoon to testify in his own defense. MIDDENDORF TAKES THE STAND — Jack Newsham (@TheNewsHam) March 4, 2019 Authorities have said that Middendorf and four of his […]

Woman Who Once Called Ex-U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson a ‘National Embarrassment’ Is the New Chair of Deloitte’s Global Board

Deloitte announced today that Sharon Thorne, deputy CEO and managing partner of global and strategy for Deloitte North West Europe, will become chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors beginning in June. She will be the first woman to hold that position with Deloitte. Thorne, who joined Deloitte U.K. in 1986, will succeed David […]

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Busy Season Zen: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to grow up so you could eat candy for dinner and stay up as late as you want? And then you actually became an adult and realized you’re so tired from the never-ending rat race that you can’t wait to take a nap and refresh […]

Now Your Kids Will Get to See How Cartoony Deloitte Really Is

Through the years on this here website we’ve reported on things that were said or done at Deloitte that might be considered cartoonish. Like when Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen claimed Deloitte is harder to get into than Harvard. Or Penn. Then there was that time when Deloitte offered prizes to alumni and retired partners […]