November 21, 2018

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Grant Thornton U.K. Gets a New CEO

Good morning/afternooon, gang. We have some news to share from across the pond, as Grant Thornton has appointed a new CEO to replace Sacha Romanovitch. We are pleased to announce that Dave Dunckley has been ratified as our new CEO elect. His focus will be to create an organisation which powerfully connects a clear social […]

RSM US Revenue Topped $2 Billion in FY 2018

For those of you who keep close tabs on this stuff for some reason: The fifth-largest accounting firm in the United States in 2017 remains the fifth-largest accounting firm in the U.S. in 2018, as RSM US posted revenue of $2.14 billion for the fiscal year that ended April 30. RSM US’s 2018 revenue is […]

Grant Thornton CEO Mike McGuire Will Hang Around For a Few More Dynamic Years

While Grant Thornton U.K. is actively looking for a new CEO to replace Sacha Romanovitch, who is quitting after being stabbed in the back by a group of anonymous partners, everything is hunky-dory at Grant Thornton LLP, where the U.S. firm has decided to keep its current czar around for a little while longer. A […]

Anonymously Bashing Your Boss Must Have Worked as Grant Thornton U.K. CEO Is Calling It Quits

A small group of Grant Thornton U.K. partners must have been grinning from ear to ear on Oct. 15 after hearing the news that Sacha Romanovitch has decided not to seek a second term as the firm’s CEO. A new CEO is expected to be appointed before the end of 2018 following an election process in […]

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Three Ex-BDO USA Accountants Will Be Sitting on the Sidelines For a While Due to Really Bad Auditing Decisions

Coming off the heels of a horrible Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspection report, in which 16 of 24 audits inspected in 2016 were found to have deficiencies, BDO USA is again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Three former BDO accountants were suspended by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Oct. 12 […]

Plante Moran Adds 15 New Partners

Promotion Watch has landed in the Detroit ’burbs, where 15 men and women at top 15 firm Plante Moran have received their partner badges. Plante Moran’s partnership classes have gone up and down in numbers in recent years, kind of like Going Concern’s page views: 2018: 15 2017: 21 2016: 13 2015: 16 Much like […]

Moss Adams Admits 21 New Partners

When it comes to new partner promotions, Going Concern has never given much love to Moss Adams. But that ends today! Earlier this month, the top 15 firm, based in Seattle, gave 21 men and women keys to the partnership. This year’s class is rather large by Moss Adams standards: 2018: 21 2017: 14 2016: […]

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Man Who Took 10 Years to Get Certified Credits His Firm for Totally Unimpressive Accomplishment

A U.K. man is in the local paper after finally realizing his goal of becoming a certified chartered accountant after an impressive 10 years. Ten years? My how the time flies when you’re doing, well, anything but studying to become a certified chartered accountant. Michael Webb has qualified as a certified chartered accountant at the […]

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Those Who Know, Know BDO … Sucks at Auditing

So, the latest PCAOB inspection report of BDO USA is out, and man, it’s bad. You know it’s bad when even KPMG can do better. Well, at least according to the most recent available report, we’re still waiting on the suspiciously absent 2016 KPMG PCAOB inspection report. Anyhoo, back to BDO. They’re no strangers to […]

RSM US Adds 68 New Partners and Principals

Oct. 1 was a big day for the denizens of RSM US, as 68 new partners and principals were released into the wild. RSM is pleased to announce our 68 newest partners and principals! https://t.co/seOK5zui4F pic.twitter.com/YqsSwVGjiA — RSM US LLP (@RSMUSLLP) October 1, 2018 This year’s class of new partners and principals at the firm […]

Grant Thornton Posts Revenue of $1.8 Billion in Fiscal Year 2018

[Updated with quote from Grant Thornton spokesperson.] The Purple Rose of Chicago put out a very skimpy press release this morning announcing that the U.S. firm’s revenue hit $1.8 billion for the fiscal year that ended July 31, 2018, up 3.4% over last fiscal year. And … that’s pretty much it. Not even a mention […]

Here’s Your 2018 List of the Most Mom-Friendly Public Accounting Firms

Hey, ladies! If the grind of a career in public accounting is appealing to you and if you’re planning to have a family of five kids, two dogs, and a cat one day, then you should consider buying a Chevy Traverse—and peruse Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list for 2018. From a public accounting standpoint, […]

Some Grant Thornton U.K. Partners Are Trying to Undermine CEO, Say She Is Pushing a ‘Socialist Agenda’

Grant Thornton U.K. CEO Sacha Romanovitch isn’t very popular with a small group of partners who say she is pursuing a “socialist agenda” and has instilled a “culture of fear” at the firm where there are severe repercussions for speaking out, according to a Sept. 21 Financial Times report. Romanovitch, who became the first female […]

FRC Didn’t Want Grant Thornton U.K. to Feel Left Out of All the Disciplinary Fun

The Big 4 firms in the U.K. have been the target of repeated tongue-lashings from the Financial Reporting Council lately because, let’s face it, audits have been pretty damn bad. Things have gotten so desperate that EY is bringing in behavioral psychologists to improve audit quality. But the U.K. accounting watchdog’s most recent tongue-lashing wasn’t […]

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Grant Thornton Admits 32 New Partners and Principals

This just in from the Purple Rose of Chicago: Grant Thornton LLP has admitted 32 new partners and principals, and promoted 29 to managing director, effective today. Specifically, 20 new partners and 12 new principals are members of the class of 2018. Here’s how this year’s numbers compare to previous years’ new partner/principal promotions at […]

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A 4.2% Increase in Revenue Must Give BDO USA All the Happy Feels

Nearly two months after announcing that 37 new partners would be joining the firm, BDO USA put the word out that its revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, grew by 4.2% over the previous year. BDO USA’s self-reported revenue of $1.47 billion, which was announced on July 31, exceeds last year’s revenue […]

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Midsize Firms Are Stepping Up Their International Game to Compete with the Big 4

Globalization has reached a saturation point. For small and midsize accounting firms, the question of expanding internationally is not one of if, but when. Many firms have responded to the challenge, creating international capabilities that in some ways equal or even surpass that of the Big 4. A world of opportunity A 2016 survey by […]

Baker Tilly Admits 11 New Partners

Apologies for this slipping through the cracks, but earlier this month, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause announced it was bringing 11 new partners onboard. The new partners—four ladies and seven gentlemen—officially got their stripes on June 1. Since 2013, Baker Tilly has admitted an average of about 11 partners a year, so this year’s class is […]

You Won’t Need a Therapist if You Have a Mentor

Public accounting breeds irritable, highly-caffeinated workaholics. It’s no surprise mental health is an afterthought. Between preparing for intense client status calls and getting workpaper review comments cleared before archiving starts, it’s not likely you’ll have much time to focus on your feelings. We put up with long hours with 85%-90% billable utilization quotas during the […]

Aprio Itchin’ to Close Deal on Acquisition of Cloud Accounting Firm HPC

Aprio LLP’s proposed acquisition of HPC seems like a match made in cloud accounting heaven. The closing of the deal between Aprio, the fifth-largest accounting firm in Atlanta, and HPC, a cloud-based accounting practice that services it clients online, is still subject to certain contingencies, officials from both firms said. Financial terms of the agreement […]

Exposure Drafts: 1099s Don’t Care If You Shun Them

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BDO USA Admits 37 New Partners

Caleb sure picked a bad time to start a new job. New partner announcement season was one of his most favorite times of the year. I’m sure he’s celebrating the start of this season from afar. Today, BDO USA announced that 37 new partners will be admitted to the partnership, effective July 1. The 2018 […]

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How I Stole My Soul Back From Public Accounting

High Rock Accounting founder Liz Mason writes about her journey from public accounting grunt to starting her own firm.

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Why Serving the Cannabis Industry Can Be Dope for Accountants

In an interview with Going Concern, DOPE CFO founders Andrew Hunzicker, CPA, and Naomi Granger, CPA, explain what common cannabis accounting mistakes CEOs make and why the industry presents a huge opportunity for accounting professionals.

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Busting 4 Myths About Remote Accounting Work

You already know by now the remote revolution is upon us. Workers are embracing work from home options and flooding to the gig economy in droves. According to a 2017 report, 3.9 million employees currently work from home at least half the time. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But misconceptions about […]

Why I Have a Strictly Remote Workforce

In 2012, I started an accounting firm, although I didn’t realize that I was starting an accounting firm at the time. I was merely working under contract for a few businesses in the New Orleans area; as I got busier, I started to add help, and voila, Aguillard Accounting was born.

We’re One Meltdown Away From a Bunch of Crusty Old CPAs Saying ‘I Told Ya So’ About the Cloud

If you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what a severe outage of Internet-based services might be like, this CFO article cites a report that tried to ballpark it: A cyber incident that takes a top-three cloud-services vendor offline for three to six days would spawn customer financial losses of about $7 billion […]

Exposure Drafts: Busy Season Is Over. You Deserve a Break From People.

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Exposure Drafts: Busy Season Adultery Isn’t the Worst Betrayal

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Man Accused of Using Federal Funds to Purchase Plane, Guns, Porn Gonna Keep His Job Because Tax Season

Anyone who’s gone through a single busy season will tell you that there’s no messing around. It’s crunch time. That’s why many accountants go to work when they’re sick, forgo austere obligations, ignore their loved ones, and in general, compromise their principles to keep busy season moving along as smoothly as possible. Today we have […]

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On Chivalry and Emotional Restraint in Public Accounting

When I started in public accounting we did a Skittle icebreaker on the first day in the office and each color had an associated question. My random Skittle question was, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” and I remember saying: “Nerves of Steel.” Most people thought it was a unique response. […]

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Exposure Drafts: The One Way Accounting Firms Are Succeeding at Diversity

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IRS Reminds Everyone to Report Their Crypto Trading Income and If You Don’t, Hey, Maybe You’ll Go to Jail

As we’ve discussed, some cryptocurrency traders have only recently learned that taxes are a thing. To make matters worse, some traders who made a lot of money wound up fully back in the market only to find themselves holding positions that now have huge paper losses. This situation is precisely the worst possible one to […]

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Some Cryptocurrency Traders Opting for ‘Screw It’ Tax Compliance Approach

Here’s an amusing New York Times column by Kevin Roose that features a rafter of cryptocurrency traders distressed about their tax situations. As we noted earlier this year, some crypto traders got mad/sad upon learning that taxes were a thing they had to deal with. And according to Laura Walter, aka Crypto Tax Girl, some […]

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Beware of Public Accounting’s ‘Voluntold’ Assignments

Employment-at-will. It’s a lovely sentiment; if you don’t like it, quit. Easy. But, all jobs require you to do things that aren’t your cup of tea. Once you sign an offer letter at your accounting firm of choice, your schedule will be decided months in advance by the scheduling overlords (i.e., whichever unlucky partner or […]

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Reminders for The Idiots Out There Who Have Yet to Get Their Tax Stuff Together

Still busy, I see. Hello American Taxpayer, How are you? Good? Great, that’s swell. Hey, here’s a question — have you thought about your tax return? No? Oh, yes, I did hear that March Madness is going on. But did you also know that the tax return filing deadline is coming up soon? What’s that? […]

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Foreign Affiliates of Big Audit Firms Screwed Up Some Stuff

The Securities and Exchange Commission fined foreign affiliates of BDO, Deloitte, and KPMG for skirting oversight of the PCAOB. Here’s the skinny: According to the SEC’s orders, the Zimbabwe affiliates of Deloitte & Touche and KPMG improperly audited the majority of assets and revenues of a publicly traded company without registering with the PCAOB. The […]

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While Some Companies Move Away From Remote Work, Others Double Down

Last year, IBM decided to “co-locate” its 2,600 member US marketing department. Translation? IBM is eliminating remote work. The news is especially shocking as IBM is one of the pioneers of remote work, installing work-from-home terminals for some employees as far back as the 1980s. As more businesses move toward embracing remote work, others are […]

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A Field Guide to Quitting a Job in Public Accounting

That is the look of a man who no longer bears the yoke of a Big 4 job. Are you fantasizing about quitting your public accounting job? It’s finally March. Busy season will start to wind down soon and those miserable hours will begin to taper off. You may catch yourself daydreaming about finding another […]

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How to Be Part of the Team, Even When Working Remotely

Does remote working make you feel like a faceless drone, beaming work from a distant planet across satellites to unseen robotic clients? Cloud accounting doesn’t have to look like this. In fact, it can’t look like this if businesses want to stay competitive and ahead of the curve. As more companies begin to rely on […]

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What to Do if You Find Yourself Reverse Mentoring a Public Accounting Partner

It’s no secret that public accounting churns and burns its employees. Burnout is a cost of doing business. The result is fewer people embark on the partner track and those who become partners plan on staying put. I’d say most of those partners are crossing their fingers that the gravy train keeps chugging along from […]

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Tax Pros: IRS Would Appreciate It If You Didn’t Foist Your Pushy Clients On To Them

Americans are desperate for help with their tax returns. The majority of taxpayers would settle for a DeVry University dropout with precisely three credit hours of accounting courses under their belt if it meant they wouldn’t have to deal with taxes at all. Tax professionals, likewise, are overwhelmed. The clients they do have are pushy, […]

This Valentine’s Day, Get Something For That Lovable Yet Hopelessly Disorganized Accountant in Your Life

Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means accountants all across this great land are disappointing their beloveds with excuses like, “We have a deadline Thursday,” and “Remember, we both agreed that we wouldn’t buy into these Hallmark holidays,” and “The client needs me to stay late.” So if you’re unable to pull yourself away […]

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Insecure Overachievers Will Always Have a Place in Public Accounting

Does the endless stream of work make you want to cry sometimes? I know it is enough to make even diehard auditors buckle and break. Overwork is a hallmark of the accounting profession, and we all know it. But why? Surely if you factor in all of the international teams, we have plenty of people […]

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Cryptocurrency Traders Learning That Taxes Are a Thing

Here’s an amusing MarketWatch story by Shawn Langlois on how cryptocurrency traders, presumably having no concept of income, are all bent out of shape about the taxes they owe on their trading gains. The lead kvetcher, latex_man, posted a thread entitled “I just did my taxes and it turns out I lost almost everything” and […]

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An Open Letter to Anyone Thinking of Asking the Accountant in Their Life for Help on a Tax Return

Dear friend, There’s an accountant in your life. He or she may be a relative, acquaintance, or someone who foolishly answered your terrible icebreaker “So, what do you do for a living?” honestly. It dawned on you that tax season will soon be upon us. You have probably received documentation informing you that a precise […]

Exposure Drafts: You Can’t Run From the Billable Hour

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Reminder, Creepy Accountants: Offering to Teach a Subordinate About Tax Returns Is Not an Opportunity to Get All Handsy

Here’s a story from November (yeah, I know, but it’s January 3rd) about a “68-year-old Manhattan accountant” who “lured his 23-year-old clerk to his home office by saying he wanted to teach her about income-tax returns — then claimed God wanted her to be his sexual plaything.” I don’t have to tell any of you […]

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A CPA’s Incomplete 2018 Busy Season Prep To-Do List

Cut holiday vacation short to read the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Implement “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” charge code. Cram 40 hours of CPE into 4 days. Stare at children to remember their faces. Document rationale for becoming a corporation. Refill Zoloft prescription. Write farewell emails to non-profit clients. Stock up on bubble wrap. […]

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Grant Thornton Gets Dinged for Giving Partners with Audit Quality Issues More Work

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has announced a big settlement with Grant Thornton over quality control violations and audit failures. The firm was censured and agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty. The quality control violations related to the assignment of two Philadelphia-based partners to audits in 2013 when they had been cited […]

We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Bearing Noncash Cash Gifts of Less than $500, Therefore Don’t Have to File Form 8283

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A Working List of Things Accounting Firms Will Be Fretting About in 2018

Disruption Change Disruptive change The pace of disruptive change Whether or not they’ve figured out the cloud Finding qualified talent Millennials Figuring out how to find qualified talent that aren’t millennials The inevitable cyberattack that will result in every client the firm has ever had filing a lawsuit Artificial intelligence making accountants obsolete through automation […]

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We Might Have New PCAOB Member Nominees Soon, Someday, Maybe

Just keeping it warm. Dave Michaels reports at The Wall Street Journal that SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s preferred choice to lead the PCAOB is rumored to be the same person everyone thought it would be: SEC Chairman Jay Clayton wants William Duhnke to become the PCAOB’s next chairman, according to one of the people familiar […]

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The Number of Women Partners in Accounting Firms Is Still Abysmal

Earlier this month, the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) issued its second CPA Firm Gender Study and its findings are not encouraging. The survey found that partnership on average remains overwhelmingly male. The current survey shows little change from studies done in years past, which have typically found less than one-quarter of the partnership […]

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Exposure Drafts: All I Want for Christmas Is the Maximum Allowed Under the Gift Tax Exclusion

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Exposure Drafts: The Billable Hour Has Some Kinks

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Exposure Drafts: Good Mentors, Bad Utilization

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Embracing Remote Accountants Can Benefit Your Business

Remote working is on the rise. In 2016, 22% of American employees did at least some of their work from home. And for those with advanced degrees over the age of 25, the number is even higher—a full 43% reported working remotely at least some of the time. It may feel natural to some accounting […]

Exposure Drafts: Being #AuditorProud Means Not Having to Say, “I’ll be home for dinner.”

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#AuditorProud Day Hits the Trifecta

Has it been a year already? The third annual #AuditorProud Day is upon us and it’s building momentum. Last year, 115 countries participated posting over 14,000 tweets and 4,000 Instagram photos. Kiwis got into the act early: Happy #AuditorProud Day! Auditors instil trust and confidence & have indispensable role in capital market system #CAANZ @chartered_accts […]

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A Poem for #AuditorProud Day

I am an auditor. I am proud. Say it with me nice and loud. I am an auditor. I am proud. I’m a proud auditor, no exceptions allowed. I audit all day, I audit all night. I am proud to audit with all my might. Sure we screw up now and then: Enron, WordCom, the […]

Exposure Drafts: Trust Me, I Have Professional Skepticism

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Grant Thornton Admits 39 New Partners and Principals

Who are the new Grant Thornton partners? Glad you asked. The firm announced them earlier today along with new principals and managing directors, as is customary for the Purple Rose of Chicago. If you like to parse these things out, then it breaks down as: 27 partners, 12 principals and 28 managing directors. In the […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2017)

By the sound of things, it’s time for us to open the gate on the Grant Thornton compensation thread. This is a little strange because, in years past, tips usually start rolling into our inbox in the last half of July. One message we received over the weekend, however, might explain the delay: Comp releasing […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for BDO Compensation Discussions (2017)

We’ve had a couple of requests for the BDO compensation thread, and the calendar is right, so we’re happy to oblige. One tipster that works in advisory told us “I just received an email from the partner saying to stop by his office” but added, “I don’t expect anything significant.” BDO hasn’t released its revenue […]

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BDO Admits 36 New Partners

Congratulations to the 36 very good boys and girls who can count themselves among the flock of BDO’s chosen ones. Okay, maybe that’s a touch extravagant for a BDO partner, but that does not diminish the achievement. This year’s class is a smidgen smaller compared to last year’s 39, but it’s still a large class […]

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Here’s Some BDO Partners Getting Pied in the Face

As far as good ol’ fashioned comedy bits go, a pie to the face still holds up well. It won’t get the biggest laugh, but it sure is satisfying to watch. Someone at BDO knew this and put it to work by incorporating it into their campaign to raise donations for National Red Nose Day. […]

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Let’s Play a Game of ‘Who Would Win in a Fight’ Accounting Edition

As you may have heard, busy season is over for many miserable accountants across the country. If you failed to get that memo, it’s time to avert your eyes from that spreadsheet and get some sleep, you’re obviously brain-dead and completely disconnected from the real world. Sorry. Rather than wallow in busy season gone by, […]

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BDO Auditor Had Starring Role in ‘The Spy Who Bought Me Coffee’

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that BDO is at the center of a messy situation with one of its clients, thanks to a super slick auditor on the inside cruising the firm’s halls: The auditor at BDO USA LLP casually wandered around the accounting firm’s New York offices, striking up conversations with colleagues about […]

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Grant Thornton Making Some Tweaks to Its Unlimited PTO Policy

Last time we checked on Grant Thornton’s unlimited PTO policy, we learned that it was having at least one desired effect: people were taking more time off. The median number of PTO days taken jumped from 17.4 to 19.1. However, the comments from that article suggested that things were getting a bit out of hand. […]

How’s Grant Thornton’s Unlimited Vacation Policy Been Working Out?

Last year, the only second-tier accounting firm not cool enough to go by its inititals, Grant Thornton, announced a new paid-time off policy that would allow its employees to take unlimited vacation. Although GT employees seemed happy with the idea, the move was met by skepticism here and elsewhere.

Grant Thornton Offers Unnecessary Reminder

#ElectionDay fact: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most unpopular candidates in history>> https://t.co/bjeXFC2rpV — Grant Thornton (@GrantThorntonUS) November 8, 2016 Thanks, GT.

Don’t Pretend That the Presence of Three Grant Thornton CEOs Had Nothing to Do With a Cubs Victory

The first Cubs World Series win at Wrigley Field in 71 years wasn't just going to happen. The three CEO's of Grant Thornton since 2001 at the World Series tonight! Go Cubs! pic.twitter.com/jhf2lVgDba — J. Michael McGuire (@mikemcguireCLT) October 31, 2016

Grant Thornton Admits 47 New Partners and Principals

Grant Thornton announced its new partner class yesterday and while this year's group was slightly smaller than last year's class of 50, it's still far larger from those in recent years. There were 32 new partners admitted in 2014, 30 in 2013, 27 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. Here's the newly […]

Grant Thornton CEO Does His Best Ferris Bueller Impression

Mike's just blowing off work to see a Cubs game: Our @mikemcguireCLT put on his #Cubs hat + took to the mound to throw out the first pitch. #LetsGo pic.twitter.com/kl0fPlFsyC — Grant Thornton LLP (@GrantThorntonUS) August 5, 2016 Ball? Strike? Wild pitch? If you were there, get in touch to let us know how he […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for BDO Compensation Discussions (2016)

BDO is a firm on a roll. Just last week they announced a third straight year of 20%+ growth in revenue to $1.29 billion. They admitted 39 new partners this year, the largest class since we began covering those promotions. They're snapping up firms left and right. Yep, everybody sounds pretty happy. Oh, who am […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2016)

Grant Thornton saves its compensation discussions for the dog days of summer. My hunch is that they like sharing disappointing news when people are feeling lethargic and unwilling to make too much of a fuss over a raise that barely keeps up with inflation.

Here’s Your Open Thread for RSM (fka McGladrey) Compensation Discussions (2016)

Early July is usually when compensation discussions start for the denizens of RSM, fka McGladrey, fka McGladrey & Pullen, fka RSM McGladrey (a division of H&R Block). Lo and behold, very early this morning, a tipster sent us a message: RSM comp thread? Partners begin communicating July 6th through 20th. Normally, we might wait awhile […]

BDO Admits 39 New Partners

Oh look, we have more new partner news. BDO actually made this announcement a few weeks ago, but no matter, the new partners officially got their stripes on July 1. The 2016 class of 39 marks the seventh straight year of growth. There were 30 new partners in 2015, 24 in 2014, 16 in '13, […]

Grant Thornton Hoping to Bring Soul-Crushing Disappointment to Charlotte Hornets With New Sponsorship

Grant Thornton recently became a multi-year sponsor of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. The deal will afford them several perks including "leasing a suite at Time Warner Cable Arena, advertising courtside and putting the firm’s name on a private club near the home locker room." It's a great deal for GT; a sports franchise — […]

Wayne Berson Gets Four More Years as BDO CEO

BDO partners seem to like Wayne Berson well enough to let him keep his job a while longer: BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced that the firm’s partnership has re-elected Wayne Berson to a second four-year term as chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2016.  During the first […]

Grant Thornton: New Unlimited PTO Policy Not Designed to Get People to Take Less Vacation

As you've all heard by now, Grant Thornton will be launching an unlimited PTO policy starting November 1. The firm documented its employees' surprise to the move and it is surprising since less than 1% of companies offer unlimited vacation. Not only that, but the Purple Rose of Chicago will be the only major accounting […]

Don’t Forget, McGladrey Will Be RSM on Monday

Earlier this year, McGladrey announced that they would be dropping the "McGladrey" from their name and adding "RSM." The new initials goes official on Monday across the globe so I imagine many partners will fling soon-to-be-obsolete letterhead in their hearths this weekend, watching with a mixture of pain and longing as the paper turns to […]

Grant Thornton Demonstrates Its Instinct for Diversity in Its Paid Time-Off Video

Grant Thornton’s video announcing their unlimited paid time off policy was exceptional cinema. For starters, everyone in the video looks very uncomfortable — like they weren’t sure if they were giving feedback on company policy or making a sex tape with a tax manager. It’s also clear that the people who were ambushed in the […]

Grant Thornton’s Revenue Didn’t Take Time Off

The Purple Rose of Chicago earned $1.45 billion in the U.S., beating last year's haul of $1.35 bil. Judging by Mike McGuire's canned quote, everything is on the up and up: “Our financial results are a direct reflection of the value we’re providing to our clients,” said Mike McGuire, chief executive officer of Grant Thornton […]

Grant Thornton Should Pay Its People to Take Vacation

Grant Thornton is getting into the surprisingly generous benefits act, announcing that it will offer its employees unlimited time off starting in November. They even shot this video of their people's reactions to the news: Those people seem genuinely surprised. That's kinda nice. Few companies offer unlimited PTO; this Bloomberg report says fewer than 1% […]

BDO Shouldn’t Have Blown This Audit

This SEC Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Order against BDO will be the best thing you read today. That is, if you enjoy reading about audit firms issuing an unqualified opinion when they absolutely had no business issuing an unqualified opinion. That is the case with the story of BDO's 2009 audit of General Employment Enterprises, […]

Stephen Chipman Calling it a Career at Grant Thornton

Stephen Chipman, erstwhile CEO of Grant Thornton, blogger, romantic, inexperienced Chicagoan, incredibly unprepared Chicagoan, note writer, dynamic perpetual optimist etc. etc. is hanging it up after 34 years at the Purple Rose of Chicago:   Grant Thornton LLP announced that Stephen Chipman, senior vice chairman of Grant Thornton LLP, has elected to retire early from […]

Grant Thornton Admits 50 New Partners

Grant Thornton deified 50 new partners on August 1st, according to a firm press release. This year's class size dwarfs those from recent years; there were 32 new partners admitted in 2014, 30 in 2013, 27 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. Purple Rose of Chicago CEO Mike McGuire heaps on the […]

Judge Felt Compelled to Call Out Grant Thornton’s Extraordinarly Crappy Work

It's always amusing when a judge reprimands an accounting firm for sucking at its job. Usually it's due to some dumpster fire that auditors watched burn for too long, but today's bench slap came from a judge on Delaware's Court of Chancery in regards to some valuation work Grant Thornton performed: Vice Chancellor Travis Laster […]

Oops: Grant Thornton Lost an Audit Client Due to ‘Inadvertent Scope Creep’

Ahhhh, independence. The albatross around the neck of the audit profession. Or maybe that's the PCAOB. Or maybe it's the technology. Fuck, I don't know. If you imagine all the giant birds shitting on auditors, ugh, that's a horrific thought.

Here’s Your Open Thread for BDO Compensation Discussions (2015)

The accounting firm known as BDO is having a good 2015. It recently admitted 30 new partners, the largest class since GC's been covering the promotions. Revenues eclipsed the billion-dollar mark back in May, thanks to its insatiable hunger for boutique firms. Oh, and it keeps stickin' ex-CEO Denis Field with those massive legal bills. […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for Grant Thornton Compensation Discussions (2015)

The last time we teased with talk of GT compensation, our tipster seemed impatient and harboring inflated expectations. Hopefully most of you McGuire Munchkins are either more patient or realistic about your comp news. Or perhpas you've adopted, "I don't care about money anymore," as your personal comp season motto. That'd be a fun surprise […]

Bonus Watch: Impatient Grant Thornton Employees with Big Expectations

This just in: Grant Thornton will pay out bonuses early this year (July 21). They will electronically disseminate salary and bonus information on July 14. All I'm saying is they better be good. Our tipster included an excerpt from an alleged message to the troops: At Grant Thornton, our people are talented, intellectually curious and […]

Thriveal Has Started an Incubator Just for New Accounting Firms

By now, you've probably heard of Thriveal, Jason Blumer's network of accounting firms that hopes to change the profession with its unconventional ideas. One of the more unconventional things the group has created is the Thriveal Lab — a hub of experimentation for its members, directed by Adrian Simmons — that released its first report […]

BDO Admits 30 New Partners

Effective July 1, 30 new partners will get a seat at BDO's adult table. This class is the largest since we've been covering the firm's partner promotions. There were 24 in 2014, 16 in '13, 15 in '12, 13 in '11, and 5 in '10. I count 7 women on this list and, oddly, everyone […]

Ex-BDO CEO’s Quest to Get Firm to Pony Up for His Legal Bills Not Going So Well

Former BDO CEO and Wolfpack leader Denis Field received some bad news in his quest to get BDO to pay his hefty legal bills: A panel unanimously affirmed rulings by Justices Saliann Scarpulla and Barbara Kapnick in Matter of Denis M. Field v. BDO USA, 600010/12, refusing to grant motions by Denis Field, former CEO of […]

Grant Thornton Poaches a Deloitte Partner and Issues a Press Release, Part I

Grant Thornton has put everyone on notice that they've snagged Deloitte National Managing Partner for U.S. Government Affairs & Public Policy Jim Brady. He will become GT's Central Region Managing Partner effective August 1. Brady has had quite a career at Deloitte, serving in many similarly dynamic roles. Among them: National Audit Leader for Growth […]