October 23, 2018

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What Is Job Search ‘Ghosting,’ and Why the Hell Is Everyone Doing It?

I fondly remember my first “smartphone.” It was a giant Pocket PC (Google that, children) I inherited from my CPA review boss with a stylus and everything. THE FUTURE, I LIVED IT. No longer did I have to wait until I arrived at work to check my email. NO! I can work on the bus! […]

Unpopular Opinion: Women Make Terrible Leaders

Welcome to Unpopular Opinion, a new semi-regular series on Going Concern addressing topics impacting the accounting profession from the contrarian perspective. Have an unpopular opinion to share? Get in touch. Note: opinions are not necessarily mine.  Diversity and inclusion are hot-button issues not only in accounting but in the business world at large these days, […]

Do KPMG’s Summer Employee Perks Put All Other Summer Employee Perks to Shame?

This Accounting Today article on the perks KPMG is offering to its 30,000 U.S. employees this summer got me thinking about the summer employee perks, or lack thereof, I’ve received during my career. And I’m not just focusing on my last 19 years as a writer and/or editor. I’m going all the way back to […]

What Cheap, Crappy Gift Is Your Firm Handing Out This Holiday Season?

Here’s an anonymous tip that came in earlier today:

Random, Irrelevant LinkedIn Endorsements Are the Best LinkedIn Endorsements

Sorry if I'm a little late to this, but endorsement bombing on LinkedIn is a thing. That is, those professional accolades that you're always asked to hand out to people? People are endorsing each other ironically for random things that are of no particular relevance to anything: A couple of Rhys Wilson’s customers recently asked […]

Let’s Obsess Over: The Accountant Trailer

We linked to The Accountant trailer on Friday but after receiving a few messages and seeing a bit of chatter on Twitter, it warrants a bit more conversation. First, I suppose we should watch it together: I'm looking forward to seeing the movie this fall but, seriously, isn't Ben Affleck a little hunky for this […]

Should You Acknowledge Every Email?

When it comes to email, the moment where proper etiquette morphs into a pet peeve is difficult to pinpoint. How many exclamation points are too many?!!!!! The correct answer is: more than one. Should you use the HIGH PRIORITY button? The correct answer is: No. Never. Okay, maybe if you're about to mauled by a […]

An Accounting-Inspired Binge Watch List for the Accountant Who’s Seen Everything

Everyone knows that CPAs are the real stars of the Emmys and that accountants feature prominently in movies like Shawshank Redemption and The Royal Tennenbaums. What else is out there if you've already seen the whole accountants-in-the-movies list, though? (Schindler's List, The Untouchables, Ghostbusters, et al.) Cable is stuffed with white collar crime docs (American […]

Crackin’ Under Pressure: Making Mistakes During Busy Season

As you may know or be experiencing right this very second, it’s a stressful time of year for accountants and the people around them. Whether you’re working on tax returns or year-end audits or any other professional number crunching activity, that stress can cause people to make mistakes.

L’Affaire Denim: Accounting Firm Dress Code Debates Span Borders, Decades

Cosmic issues are being raised in the great Dress Code debates: Is denim okay every day? What’s the largest allowable team logo on a sweatshirt? How about pajamas outside the house? My experiences may offer some useful historical and cultural context. In the late 1990s I was expatriated to Paris with one of the then […]

Would an Accountant Ever Fall for a Phony IRS Call?

A couple of years ago, Sam Antar shared a recording of his conversation with a fake IRS agent with us. The poor dope on the other end of the line didn't know what hit him. What's been quite amazing is that the calls from fake IRS agents seems to be getting worse since the agency […]

Which Popular Accounting Hashtag Should You Use? An Explainer

You cannot deny the chaotic beauty of Twitter. There's something oddly soothing watching millions of voices shout into the void with little regard for who will be listening. Hashtags provide some method to the madness, yet each retains its own flavor of ridiculous. In the accounting world, I've noticed 3 hashtags emerge: #auditorproud, #BusySeasonProblems and […]

Let’s Get Worked Up About: Email Pet Peeves

Email. It's the most annoyingly omnipresent element of our working lives. When trying to enjoy the holidays, a nice vacation or even a relaxing Sunday evening, many people can't get the image of an overstuffed inbox out of their minds. During my last couple of busy seasons, I remember the dread I felt waking up […]

This Flask-Calculator Is the Perfect Gift for the Accountant Who Drinks Everything

With the end of year fast approaching, many of you will need something discreet to cope with all the busy season problems. To the internet! #busyseason is coming. So if you're giving a gift to a #CPA – make it good! #auditlife #taxlife #giftidea #flask pic.twitter.com/F7jNfD4uoc — Crystal G. Knight (@CKnightCPA) December 22, 2015   For […]

A Noncomprehensive List of Morale Boosters for Accounting Firms

Accounting firms, who generally eat their young, are all competing for “who has the best perks” in race to scoop up all of the competent new hires. We all know that accounting culture is toxic, but aside from taking all of your allotted vacation so you don’t die at your desk like that one guy, […]

Cryptic Accounting

I waste a lot of time on the internet. Alternatively, I discover a lot of weird and interesting things on the internet. Many of these things have nothing to do with the internet, ergo, I can't in good conscience share them with you because it doesn't exactly fall within my job description. However, when something […]

Virginia Is for IFRS Lovers

Credit to r/accounting, who continues to be hot on the accounting-themed license plate beat. If you're a GC amateur archivist, then you know this is not the first vanity plate from Virginia we've featured. These Old Diminoners do like them for some reason. Now that you've taken this in, what do we like best about […]

These Florida Accountants Are So Florida

Florida, the state long considered a mecca for Disney fetishists and retirees, is the actual worst. The peninsular Sunshine State, in addition to being our #1 exporter of citrus fruit (no idea if this is true), boasts spiders the size of Diet Coke cans that can only be smote with a flame thrower, wild sharks, […]

The Accounting Profession’s Future: Who’s Safe, Who’s Not

Across GC articles concerning the future of the accounting profession, there’s hefty debate about who’s going to be affected by these changes and how.

To be clear most of my headspace is preoccupied with the battle for small to medium businesses in general practice, which does not encompass the entire profession.

Accountant Trading Cards: I’ll Give You a Luca Pacioli If You Give the Accounting Profession Its Dignity Back

So accountant trading cards are a thing. Because there’s nothing more thrilling than the adrenaline rush of trading cards combined with the raw excitement of accounting. Accountant trading cards are similar to the Most-Wanted Iraqis playing cards issued by the Bush administration during the Iraq War. The main difference is that the Most-Wanted Iraqis cards […]

Are Pets a Legit Excuse for Leaving Work?

Over at the After School Special: Accounting Subreddit, someone might be trolling (sic'd throughout): So I've just accepted a job at KPMG, and I'm so excited about it! However, I'm so worried becasue my start date is in January, and I'm in audit so that would be right at busy season. I have multiple guinea […]

The Greatest Reality TV Accountants, Awarded and Ranked

What do I love more than an ice cold Diet Coke and a full TiVo queue of bad reality TV? When the reality contestants are accounting scrubs, obviously. I’ve ranked the following accounting reality stars based on courage, entertainment value, and actual talent.   7) The Award for Best Dating Show Contestant: Mara, Legal Accountant […]

What Percent of Accountants Will Burn In Hell?

Are accountants more inclined or less inclined to believe in God? We are bound by the AICPA Code of Conduct to have professional skepticism, so not having religious skepticism may just be a demonstration of a healthy work/life balance.   A recent Pew Research Center report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, says that in general more […]

Stupid Acronym Tricks

David Letterman's retirement has me feeling nostalgic this week, capital market servants. It was the first TV show my parents didn't want me staying up late to watch. I defied their wishes, of course, so when he moved to CBS and was on an hour earlier, it was even easier to watch Dave's irreverent, sarcastic, […]

Only One Thing Says ‘Accountant’ More Than a Practical Car

Meanwhile, somewhere in Georgia… About what you expect for an accountant's vanity plate, right down to the typos. [imgur via r/accounting]

#BusySeasonProblems: Happy Tax Season Birthday; An Unnecessary Brown Bag Lunch; The Final Countdown

It's quite obvious that we're getting close to the end. People are counting down, phoning it and the tweets from the final Saturday are a mix of hope and despair. Office obstacle course. Always in training. #BusySeasonProblems #taxseason pic.twitter.com/9yezQ2tpTN — Andrea Arriola, EA (@Tejandrea) April 7, 2015 Easily, the worst thing about #busyseason is the […]

Long Hours Are the Root of All Your Busy Season Problems

Perhaps you gleaned this from the exhaustive tournament we hosted recently, but we'll bring it up again: working a lot of hours causes a lot of problems. Among these problems: drinking. Harvard Business Review has the latest scientific research: Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and colleagues found that people who log […]

Busy Season Zen: Ten Hours of Soothing Spring Showers

April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes. Of course, it also can bring tornadoes and all sorts of severe weather that will send your furry friends (and maybe you) running under the bed. However, the sound of rain falling and rolling thunder does give many people a sense of peace. Ten hours of it will get […]

#BusySeasonProblems: Inflatable Sharks; Late-night Checklists; Unexpected Taxable Income

Now that we've officially crowned "WTF am I doing with my life?" as the champion BSP, let's catch up on what busy season problems have made their way into the Twitter ether over the past week. I haven't cooked a meal in over 3 months #busyseasonproblems — Trei Jolly (@Trei_Jolly) April 1, 2015 Sorry about […]

Going Concern March Madness: The #BusySeasonProblems Championship — Deteriorating Mental Health vs. That Voice Inside Your Head

Here we are. After hashing through 62 other busy season problems, we've arrived at the championship for this year's GCMM.  It's been interesting to watch this tournament develop and learn what causes the annual busy season to be so terrible for accountants. Everyone has their own beloved annoyances, but to see the #6 Degrading mental […]

#BusySeasonProblems: Still Working Saturdays; Food-stained Clothes; Good Morning, Ireland

Since we're racing at ludicrous speed towards a mental anguish championship final in GCMMBSP, it seems prudent to scan Twitter to find out how accountants are handling their professional existence today. When the driver knows you work in accounting based on the hour you leave the office #busyseasonproblems #busyseasonprobs #accounting — Trever Eymard (@theteymard) March […]

Going Concern March Madness: The Final Four #BusySeasonProblems

We now, finally, have champions in each region of GCMMBSP: Life — Waking up early; Health — Degrading mental health; Work — Working on Saturday; Potpourri — Your brain asking: "WTF am I doing with my life?" Thanks for everyone who helped decide the bitter battle between Waking up early and Loved ones' guilt trips. It […]

Going Concern March Madness #BusySeasonProblems: Waking Up Early vs. Guilt Trips Goes into Overtime

Incredible. But I suppose this was bound to happen in such a hotly contested tournament. We had a tie at the end of regulation in the Life Region Final between #1 seed Waking Up Early and #2 Loved ones' guilt trips.  Since GCMMBSP has no official rules for this kind of scenario, we'll just extend the […]

Going Concern March Madness: Waking Up Early vs. Guilt Trips, Self-doubt vs. Irritability and More in The Elite Eight #BusySeasonProblems

The contenders have emerged in GCMMBSP. There was little doubt about Working Saturdays and Long Hours making it this far. It's sad that only one will advance to Final Four. Maybe you could've seen Less exercise coming, but I did not expect such a strong performance from Degrading Mental Health. Now you've got me concerned […]

Busy Season Zen: Every ‘Dude’ From The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is a cinematic masterpiece. Fact.  Other films by Ethan and Joel Coen have been given awards but none of them will ever achieve the legendary cult following like TBL. It inspired a multi-city festival. Before there was "U mad, bro?" there was, "Calmer than you are." It spawned a philosophy for crying out loud.     […]

Going Concern March Madness: Saturdays vs. Deadlines, Eating Junk vs. Depression and More in #BusySeasonProblems Sweet 16

As exciting as Round 2 was, the Sweet 16 looks even better. Saturdays vs. Deadlines, Eating Poorly vs. Depression and Less sex vs. Less exercise are all toss-ups. Plus, we have some some Cinderellas left, so that's fun. Long hours is quietly going about its business and I suspect that it will make short work […]

#BusySeasonProblems: 3 AM Snacks; ‘No, I don’t do taxes’; Long (and Even Longer) Hours

Polls for Round 2 of GCMMBSP are still open but since we won't know who's moving on until tomorrow, it seems prudent to check on what busy seasons problems IRL are keeping the accountant down.    My diet typically peaks in March. Specifically when I snack at 3:00am. #busyseasonproblems #idontevenlikeenergydrinks pic.twitter.com/K7B3jPYBVp — Andre M (@AndreDeGiant) March […]

Going Concern March Madness: #BusySeasonProblems, Face Time vs. Long Hours, Bad Take-out vs. Less Sex and More in Round 2

We had an exciting first round of GCMMBSP, with strong showings by the top seeds and only a few upsets. That sounds counterintuitive for any tournament, but really, it wouldn't be right if seeds like Working Saturdays and Less exercise didn't advance to at least the Elite Eight. Round 2 features several excellent match-ups including […]

Going Concern March Madness: More #BusySeasonProblems

Going Concern March Madness: #BusySeasonProblems got off to an exciting start yesterday. I trust you all would like to start voting in the Work and Potpourri brackets NOW, but please hear me out for two. Busy season problems are real — whether it's your 3rd meal in a row from the vending machine or a co-worker […]

Here Are Two More Brackets Accountants Can Enjoy

As you may have heard, it's bwacket season and there are many fine tournaments going on that don't exploit the athletic talents of young men and women, not least among them, our own #BusySeasonProblems bracket. For those of you that just can't get enough, we heartily recommend two more: 1) BYU's Tournament Using Accounting Research […]

Going Concern March Madness: #BusySeasonProblems

Yes, it's once again time for your favorite giant waste of billable hours in the 3rd month of the year — Going Concern March Madness. This year we've jumped on the popularity of Busy Season Problems. It wasn't an easy tournament to compile so you'll have to forgive the nuances between contenders (e.g. All the […]

#BusySeasonProblems: Three Square-ish Meals; 15-hour Days; St. Patrick’s Day FOMO

Several major deadlines have passed, yet the plight of accountants rages on. If you have a BSP that can't be addressed in 140 characters, post it to Open Items or email us.  10am and not a single chargeable hour? Guess I'll spend Saturday in the office too. #busyseasonproblems #auditlife — Katie Buyse (@kayteebee11) March 11, […]

AICPA Courting Beliebers Now

The world needs #CPAs even more than it needs @justinbieber. See why we're needed oh so badly: http://t.co/7ckJj1gYol — ThisWayToCPA (@ThisWayToCPA) January 23, 2015 Fishing for RTs from Justin Bieber? The AICPA must be really hurting for ideas. Can someone remind them that the CPA exam gap is immaterial?

Inside Deeper Weekend and the Grassroots Movement to Transform the Accounting Profession

I had no idea what to expect at Thriveal’s 4th Annual Deeper Weekend other than ludicrously passionate accountants. It was held over two days in early November at a small gallery in West Greenville, South Carolina. When I arrived, a presentation was already going on with 60 or so people sitting in rapt attention.    […]

(UPDATE) Which Accounting Firm Fired an Employee for His Dispute with Comcast? A: PwC

In short, Comcast is a despised company.

Now we have another tale of its treachery and the tentacles have intertwined a “large, prestigious accounting firm.”

More Accountants Carrying Guns, Says Guy Who’s Heard Some Stories

Here's something I didn't expect to read today: It’s been more than 85 years – back in the days when gangsters Dean O’Banion and Al Capone went to war over Chicago – that accountants have felt compelled to carry firearms for personal protection.  Yet the anecdotal evidence is that a rising number of accountants are […]

Let’s Play a Game: Grant Thornton Partner or George Costanza Look-Alike?

You all may fondly recall a game we played awhile back called Accountant/Not an Accountant where you were tasked to look at a picture of a celebrity and guess if this person was an accountant (aspiring at one point or actual former number-cruncher) or not an accountant. That was kinda fun, no? The other day, […]

Here’s a Fake AICPA Press Release That We Wish Were Real

This is so ridiculous that upon receiving it, Colin did one of those cartoonish double-takes, you know, with the sound effect and everything. The really sad part is minus the swearing, you could almost believe it to be true. AICPA Launches Three New Professional Designations New York (November 19, 2013) — The new Chartered Global […]

New Audit Associate Looking For Prank Ideas, Possibly a New Job in Near Future

Oh, man. Are we going to go here? I think we are. From the suggestion box: Can we have a post where folks can share their best auditing related pranks? I'm a new associate and want to pull something memorable on my team. When talking audit pranks, the most well-known and widely used prank is […]

Guy Wants a Gentle Way to Break Up With the AICPA

I am surprised this wasn't marked "urgent" because it seems this guy just cannot wait: Subject: AICPA Can you tell me how to cancel my membership. I hate that place, and now that I'm leaving big 4 I get to get off their god forsaken spam listings, if only I can figure out how. My […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: ‘Your jaded mentality toward the profession is often over the top’

Welcome to a special Tuesday after Labor Day edition of To Whom It May Going Concern, our infrequent feature of the best (read: worst) and worst (read: best!) tips and feedback we get from readers. Have a tip or feedback for us? Email us at [email protected] or drop something in the tips box. All messages […]

Let’s Play Another Round of Accountant/Not an Accountant!

We had so much fun with this last time, we decided to do it again. Now, let's all keep in mind that we are going with the pop culture definition of accountant (as in anyone who knows debits from credits, does tax returns for a living and/or took more than just one accounting course in […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: ‘If Going Concern were to go public, who would you pick as your auditor?’

As we may have mentioned, we get bombarded with a number of strange questions. Either most of you have been enjoying summer because things have been relatively mundane or we've been relatively uninspired by the barrage of tips, suggestions, and inquiries, because TWIMGC hasn't appeared for a while. This seems like a good enough of […]

Someone Who Has Never Dated an Accountant Came Up With 15 Reasons to Date an Accountant

Earlier today, we spotted a post from our friends over at Above the Law mocking eHarmony's "15 Reasons to Date a Lawyer" (or, alternatively, 15 stupid reasons to date a lawyer) which, of course, inspired us to look for an equally stupid article about dating accountants.

Raise Your E-cig If You’re an Accountant Vaping at Your Desk

A former cancer stick smoker turned vaper would like to know if any of you fellow office drones/vapers have been busted sneaking a few puffs: Wanted to get some insight from the GC community.  I am a vaper since I quit smoking and have been vaping on several occasions in my office.  Sometimes I'll hit […]

The Going Concern Grand Prix: Let’s Talk About Your Ride

It's not often we get an advice email we haven't already answered, but lo-and-behold, here's one: What is the coolest car an accountant could have?  Bimmer? Benz? Beetle? Forget ballin partners who have long since disposed of a soul, I mean us grunts who do the work.  Surely our perceived lack of personality and terrible […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: “If people can sue the firms for not working overtime, can I sue the firm for making me fat?”

Welcome to the latest edition of To Whom It May Going Concern, our infrequent feature of the best (read: worst) and worst (read: best!) tips and feedback we get from readers. Have a tip or feedback for us? Email us at [email protected] or drop something in the tips box. All tips on are on the […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: “Next time you abuse your first year, remember that they are the ones that pick up your food.”

This is the latest edition of our infrequent feature, To Whom It May Going Concern. Here we share some of the more, shall we say, interesting messages that come across the wire. If you get the urge to tell us what you think about this here website, email [email protected] with "To Whom It May Going […]

Possible CPA Vanity Plate Belonging to Possibly Vain Person Possibly Driving Around Dallas

As we're sure you already know, Tax Prof has been on the vanity license plate beat this week. Naturally, one of our readers had a spotted plate to throw in the mix: "Saw this little beauty walking out of work about a year ago" Now, it's entirely possible this license plate is one of those […]

Comp Watch ’13: Considering a Mark of the Big 4 Beast

I suppose if public accounting firms were looking to brand their employees, offering them a 15%-no-questions-asked raise would be the way to do it: If your company offered you a pay raise to tattoo its logo on your body, would you do it? A New York City real estate company made the offer and dozens of […]

BREAKING: People Put Crappy Coffee on Their Expense Reports

An astounding report by Certify, a travel and expense management provider, found that Starbucks is a popular place for people to have coffee and talk business.    The report shows that breakfast was dominated by Starbucks, with 14.14 percent of expenses and averaging $7.86 per receipt. You guys. Go to the street vendors or a […]

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival Has a Champion (And Some of You May Need a Sponsor)

Bracket season came to close yesterday afternoon on Going Concern and your Busy Season Survival champion is none other than booze. Hooch. The Sauce. Firewater. Whatever your flavor, alcohol managed to overcome it all to win GCBSSF&BvsT. Yes, those of you who cry busy season tears into beers managed to outnumber the BYU alums, CPAs […]

Going Concern March Madness: The Busy Season Survival Final — Booze vs. Excel, There Can Be Only One

Finally, the champions of the two Busy Season Survival regions — Food & Bevvie and Tech — will meet to crown the ultimate winner of GCMMBSSF&BvsT. It's been a memorable tournament unless you've been committed to Team Booze in practice as well as voting. From coffee's disappointing performance to an inspired run by Email to the exciting […]

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival — Food & Beverage vs. Technology, The Final Four

Well, we have our survivors from GCMMBSSF&BvsT. It's been quite a journey so far, and now we will crown the kings of both Food & Beverage and Tech in your quest to come out of busy season with your sanity intact.

So let's get to it. We're keeping the polls open until Friday at 1 pm ET so you can stuff the channels appropriately.

Market Research Shows That People Prefer Cats Over Accountants Nearly 1,000 To 1

What on Earth is this? And everyone said I could never make cats and accounting work when I published my groundbreaking research paper The Cat Quotient in 1989.     KATZABOSCH USES CATS IN NEW MARKETING STRATEGY Launches CatSayBosh.com   Baltimore, MD – KatzAbosch, a leading certified public accounting and consulting firm serving the Mid-Atlantic […]

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival — Food & Beverage vs. Technology, The Elite Eight

This blogging gig sucks. The publisher, Gail, is up my ass about this March Madness thing. Says we have to follow through even though it was Colin's stupid idea. Everyone knows that booze is the only thing you need to survive busy season; not sure why we have to go through all the trouble.

The tech guy, Stonewall, is helping out though, so I guess we'll just try to get through the Elite Eight. 

But seriously, just keep some hooch in your drawer at work like me. If you need anything else — including more than 4 hours of sleep a night — to power through busy season, then I don't want you on my team.

Going Concern March Madness Busy Season Survival: The Sweet Sixteen, Day Two

I'm in Raleigh, North Carolina today visiting students at North Carolina State, so I apologize for the delay in getting to the bottom half of the Sweet Sixteen in GCMM. I know you've shaking with anticipation.

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival — Food & Beverage vs. Technology, The Sweet Sixteen

If you picked upsets in your NCAA Mens bracket and all the favorites in your GCMMBSSF&BvsT bracket, then you're in pretty good shape today. My hunch is that you went for the opposite strategy.

While favorites Excel and coffee had no problems and the wins by Bagels and Key Shortcuts were very satisfying, the loss by Someone Else's Hotpocket from the Freezer was devastating. DEVASTATING. 

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival — Food & Beverage vs. Technology, Day 2

Busy season is like war. Okay maybe not, but it's hell anyway. There are no rules on how you survive it, but you MUST survive it. And if that means taking that last slice of pizza and hiding it in your drawer for later then by God, YOU MUST TAKE THAT SLICE OF PIZZA. Oh, Pete was late getting to the team lunch and didn't get to eat? TOO BAD. You're going to want that cured meat and refined flour in about 3 hours when you'll need your 4th wind.

Day 1 of GCMMBSSF&BvsT is underway and there is still time to vote if you were too busy skipping work yesterday to get around to it. But the rest of us need to keep things moving, so let's do that now.

Going Concern March Madness: Busy Season Survival — Food & Beverage vs. Technology

For the last two seasons, Going Concern March Madness pitted accounting firms against each other to decide just which firm was the coolest in this fair land. Sadly, we have decided to end this exercise. It was a good (?) run but has been exhausted for reasons that include: 1) a Rothstein Kass three-peat was not something anyone was prepared to endure and 2) the underlying premise of the bracket was based in fantasy or, dare I say, complete bullshit. Does this mean that Vault's annual prestige ranking has lost all purpose? That's not for me to say.

Here Are Some Bad Busy Season Role Models

In the spirit of busy season, we figured this would be a good opportunity to bring back a few role models you shouldn't be molding yourself after if you want to get along with your team and have a job next busy season. Take it or leave it, these are just suggestions. 5. The guy […]

A CPA’s Guide to a Successful Observance of St. Patrick’s Day

For CPAs, St. Patrick's Day is usually just one of several holidays that becomes a casualty of busy season. On Presidents' Day we were unable to engage in parliamentary procedure, on Mardi Gras we are unable to get laid, and on Valentine's Day we are unable to get laid1.

Proper observance of St. Patrick's Day requires three components: a spiritual component, a green component, and a drunken component–all of which will be easier to do this year because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday. (You're not officially required to work on Sundays, but you're unofficially expected to work on Sundays. Add St. Patrick's Day, and you've pretty much got a free pass to dick around. At work.)

To Whom It May Going Concern: Journalistic Integrity or the Lack Thereof; Someone Needs a Kuddle; Black Jokes?!

It's been a bit since we've done a To Whom It May Going Concern and that could be because a lot of you have been too busy to send us a steady stream of hate mail, lame tips and vague complaints. Things must be slowing down, though, because our beloved hate mail and nonsense is […]

Accountants: Tell Us Your Busy Season Problems

As many professionals embark on the tumultuous journey that are the busy season months of January, February, March, and April, it is inevitable that known and unknown problems will arise. Some of these are client-initiated and others are co-worker-initiated. Some of them are simple problems; some of them are complex problems. Some involve food odor; some […]

Going Concern’s Guide to a Healthy Busy Season: Because No One Should Die at Work

We like to answer reader questions from time to time, just so long as it's interesting. If your question is boring, it will be ignored. It's nothing personal; we just get a lot of them. Send us your best questions, career conundrums, and work-life problems to [email protected] Not an inside tip, as much as a […]

Shipping Wars’ Token Hot Chick Is a Former Accountant?

As far as reality show accountants go, I guess Shipping Wars' Jennifer Brennan isn't quite the caliber of the PwC Dumpster Diver but does compete well with Cosmo bachelor and country hottie Tripp Davis. If you haven't caught this A&E "reality" show about moving strange loads cross-country, "Texas Cowgirl" is basically the resident hottie. She […]

Blind Item: Which NYC Accounting Firm’s Holiday Party Was a Little Too Light on the Liquor?

Here's an unconfirmed account of a holiday party from last month:  [Well-known firm] NYC party on [date] at the [fancy place] was not up to snuff. While the venue was sleek, and the band was good, – the food, and most importantly the booze was not.  The bar only served one choice of white wine and one choice […]

And Now, May We Present Going Concern’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Ed. note: With only a week before Christmas, you can't walk into any building without hearing Manheim Steamroller or Michael Bublé blasting through the soundsystem. It's enough to make you want to punch out one of those Salvation Army bell ringers. If you can't beat 'em (and not go prison), join 'em, right? So, in […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: “You’re an accountant concerned about being around nerds?”

To Whom It May Going Concern is an infrequent feature of some our favorite messages that come across the wire. If you have something important to tell us, email [email protected] with "To Whom It May Going Concern" in the subject line, @ us on Twitter or just yell really loud and maybe we'll hear you. […]

Science Says You Should Have Multiple Large Monitors

Back in October, we learned that PwC auditors had finally whined loud enough to earn a second monitor. Up until that point, it was only by the grace of God that anyone was able to accomplish anything and it probably explains the firm's dreadful PCAOB inspection results. Some found it strange that a firm of […]

Grown Man Curious to Know If Other Accountants Are Experiencing Mockery From Coworkers, Mom Issues, Crabby Spouse During Movember

For the past several years, the month of November has been flush with gentlemen, dudes, and hyperhormonal young boys growing moustaches for the sake of bringing awareness to men's health issues like prostrateprostate cancer and depression. This trend has expanded globally, much to the chagrin of family, spouses, co-workers and the populace who are decidedly […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: “Bob Moritz said ‘assless chaps’ in regards to his motorcycle riding at the PwC town hall.”

To Whom It May Going Concern is a feature of some of the more, shall we say, interesting messages that come across the wire. If you get the urge to tell us exactly what you think about this here website, email [email protected] with "To Whom It May Going Concern" in the subject line, @ us on Twitter or just […]

To Whom It May Going Concern: No More Big Four?

To Whom It May Going Concern is a feature of some of the more, shall we say, interesting messages that come across the wire. If you get the urge to tell us exactly what you think about this here website, email [email protected] with "To Whom It May Going Concern" in the subject line. Just a reminder […]

Is Everyone on Extreme Cheapskates an Accountant Or What?

Yesterday, while most of America or at least most of my noisy and obnoxious Facebook friends were prepping to watch the second presidential debate, TLC premiered its latest So Horrible I Can't Look Away reality series Extreme Cheapskates. We met the dumpster-diving PwC tax accountant featured on the show's first episode yesterday but apparently she […]

Is Getting a CITP Worth It?

Sometimes, your career troubles are so massive that you can no longer afford to buy a few rounds of drinks to convince your buddies to listen to you complain for the fifteenth night in a row. That's when you man (or woman) up, open up an email and let GC steer you in the right […]

Accountants Debating Semantics? Accountants Debating Semantics

Do people accuse you of getting worked up over petty annoyances and you fear that no one understands your suffering? Email us your questions, complaints, and concerns so that we may make your world a better place. I have a question to the accounting world at large regarding vocab. What is preferred: analytic or analytical? After […]

Let’s Compare the Big Four Accounting Firms to the Four Houses in Harry Potter

Career conundrum got you down? Want someone to tell you how to spend your bonus? Need gift ideas for your secret workplace lover? Email us the questions that burn deep in your loins.  Do you think that the Big 4 are comparable to the 4 houses in Harry Potter?   Deloitte: Griffindor [sic] PWC: Slytherin […]

Here Are Some Office Olympics Ideas for Your Accounting Firm’s Fall Busy Season

Did you get passed over for that promotion? Not sure what dish to whip up for the Labor Day potluck at the boss's house? Need a new mobile app suggestion for those bathroom breaks?  Email us your dilemmas and queries so that we may put your mind at ease.   Undoubtedly some of you are still […]

Curious Reader, Who Supposedly Doesn’t Work at McGladrey, Questions All the McGladrey Mockery

Are you wondering what happened to Colin's numerous typos? Curious why we don't let interns run our Twitter account? Want to see me virtually pie a failed CPA exam candidate on Skype? Editorial questions, comments and complaints are welcome, just don't expect us to actually read them. Hey there cynical GCerz I have a question […]

Did an Ernst & Young Partner Get Demoted for His Anti-Facial Hair Stance?

In the past week, we have received several tips about an Ernst & Young OMP who was recently demoted to a less-BSD position. While that's the reality, we're certain that any internal messaging took quite a different tone with the partner in question ("PIQ") "transitioning to a client facing role" or some other euphemism for […]

David Cay Johnston Would Just Like to Confirm That Mitt Romney Isn’t Like Richard Nixon, That’s All

And he's so excited to do it, he's throwing digits in Willard's face! Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy [via TaxProf]

Yes Auditors, It Is Possible to Explain Your Job Without Scaring People Away

Once again we dig into the ol' mailbag to answer a question that has plagued one of your fellow capital market servant colleagues. If you have questions on anything from appropriate footwear to choosing the right tickmark from the supply room to handling awkward sexual advances by a coworker, email us. Dear GC:   In […]

A Guide to Understanding the Hierarchy of Big 4 Leadership

Have you found forbidden love at your firm and don't know how to handle it? Do you have a problem saying no to an unreasonably demanding superior? Are you a new intern that is curious about the socially acceptable number of drinks to consume at a team happy hour? Email us your questions and after a […]

Sorry To Say, More Women Are Likely To Say They Are Sorry

I came across an article over the weekend that I thought might be interesting to the four or five women who read Going Concern. The basic premise – if you're too lazy to read it – is that women are more prone to issuing apologies than men. Sorry we need to ask a colleague a […]

Some of You Should Take Fashion Advice From This Deloitte Consultant

We cover fashion from time to time here on Going Concern primarily because so many of you are in desperate need of help in that department. Look, I know it's hard to pick out clothes when you don't live with mom anymore (or she has finally refused to do it) but like we've said before, […]

A Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse for Public Accounting Zombies

Surely most of you have heard about two horrifying and completely bizarre incidents recently; the "Miami zombie" who ate 80% of a dude's face off and the Maryland engineering student who chopped up and ate his roommate. I grew up in Milwaukee not that far from Jeffrey Dahmer's house so I can't say cannibalism in […]

Dewey Think an Accounting Firm Could Go Bankrupt?

Michael Cohn over at Accounting Today wonders if an accounting firm could suffer the same fate as recently departed global law firm Dewey & Leboeuf. It's a question worth asking since the entity structures for both accounting and law firms are similar and mergers are common in both industries. But really, it's not as likely (although not […]

Is This the Most Embarrassing Thing To Ever Happen to an Accountant at Work?

Many of you have suffered social indignity at one time or another while at work. Spilling food on yourself. Wardrobe malfunctions. Moments of clutzitude. The blood rushes to your face and stays there for undetermined amount of time, your co-workers snicker, and talk behind your back for a while, but eventually you get over it. […]

How To Write an Epic Farewell Email

BWHAHA we changed it up! You thought Colin was going to milk a second post out of the pathetic farewell email he barely posted yesterday but we have just twisted your brains by having ME do a follow-up. WHAT WHAT. Anyway. When the [dude who's terrible at writing farewell emails] E&Y email came in via […]

Serious Question: Why Did You Become an Accountant?

Forgive me but for the five years since I accidentally stumbled into the wild world of accounting, I've heard just about every complaint you can imagine. The hours suck. The work sucks. It steals your soul. They load you up on snacks and lock you in a dark office, starving you of Vitamin D and […]