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The Rise of the Lifestyle Accountant

You probably spat out your cornflakes reading this. I know I would. Like you, I clock a pretty standard 80 – 100 work week. I look at my friends who work 40 hours a week who complain about 5 hours overtime like this: I have a friend who, like me he worked in public, then […]

CPA Exam Candidates Must Be Starting Families Earlier

OR Becker is trying to expand the customer base. OR Gearty and Olintbro are convincing their friends to get the CPA just for grins. No matter what the trend is, the mother of all CPA review is showing grandparents some love on Twitter for some reason. Here is a shout out to all of our […]

PwC Employee More Upset By Aura 4 Than He Was When Facebook Switched to Timeline

The Tip Box that you see at the right and top of the page has been a moderate success. Thanks to its simplicity, even the most dense of you can send us information that could prove useful for a story worthy of these pages. And make no mistake, we do appreciate the dense messages; not […]

Here’s a Video Game That Features an IRS Agent Fighting Alligators and Zombies While on the Hunt for a Missing Tax Form That We Thought You Should Know About

For you overgrown adolescent boys out there looking for your next gamer challenge and Madden '13 just isn't doing it for you, let us present Alligators on a Bridge. It's April 15th and Tim the IRS Agent is nearly finished checking the tax forms he’s been assigned. Tim has had to deal with reading multiple […]

Ex-BDO CEO Wins New Trial Because One of the Jurors Lied About Being a Drunk, Shoplifting Shellfish, Everything

Former BDO CEO and wolfpack leader Denis Field has won a new trial on charges of tax fraud thanks to a juror in his trial who lied about her alcoholism and, oh…pretty much everything: U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan today overturned the convictions, ruling that the presence of Catherine Conrad, who was Juror No. 1, […]

Here’s a Good Reminder of Why Accountants Should Never Help Other People

Dateline – Seattle, Washington. An accountant makes a new female friend. Seems normal enough. Fast-forward a few days and the woman texts the accountant to tell him "she had been beaten up by her husband and wanted to stop by." [cue music]  The woman came by the accountant’s place, bringing two female friends he didn’t […]

Apparently Some People Filed Tax Returns In Their Pets’ Names

Everyone knows that the IRS makes silly mistakes from time to time, but presuming that the Service employees who look at these tax returns won't be fooled by a 1040 from "First Name: Mr." and "Last Name: Bojangles" seems a little reckless:  According to an indictment obtained by CBS4, Mathew and Sandra Zuckerman are accused […]

Thank God, This McGladrey Rebranding Thing Might Really Be Over Now

Way back in June of 2010, RSM McGladrey (aka McGladrey) and McGladrey & Pullen (aka McGladrey) announced that they would be branded under one name – McGladrey (aka McGladrey). There was a giant cake in the shape of a putting green – that NO ONE jumped out of – to celebrate the occasion and one office even […]

PwC Audit Finds That Nairobi City Council Is Nearly 100% Incompetent

Two questions: 1) Isn't this pretty representative of local governments everywhere? and 2) When did PwC start auditing humans for competency?  An audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers has revealed that 92 percent of the City Council of Nairobi workforce is incompetent. The appraisal commissioned in 2010 has recommended that the council trims its large and inefficient workforce. Town Clerk […]

Analysis: Is The Going Concern Editor on a Power Trip?

Generally, we prefer that our tip box be used for actual tips (as previously stated, "eat shit" is not a tip) but every now and then, some non-tip makes its way through that we can't help but act on. I suppose the following "tip" is one such non-tip that I'm compelled to repost here. It's […]

Who’s in a Big 4 State of Mind?

As you are most certainly aware, many of your Big 4 colleagues spend their days dreaming of a life far more fabulous than their own cube-dwelling, spreadsheet-drowning existence. I realize it's hard to imagine a life better than one that spends the occasional long evening in a JIT, but some of your colleagues can't simply […]

Deloitte CEO Gives the Most Non-Response Response to a Question Ever

Barry Salzberg demonstrates the art of the dodge:  Are the Big Four audit firms too big to fail?    There is no evidence that would indicate that there is a lack of choice by business to pick up a firm to work with, so I don't agree with the premise of that question.  Good lord. […]

Temporary Grant Thornton Tattoos Are the Worst Idea Ever

The last twelve months or so have been very good for the Purple Rose of Chicago. Let's recount a few highlights. They've been chasing dynamic clients around like fat kids chase ice cream trucks. Their solid work has been recognized by these dynamic clients. They were dismissed from a major shareholder lawsuit. At the behest […]