New partners were deified recently at DHG, Wipfli, and BDO U.K., plus new leaders were named at Wipfli and PwC in South Africa. Dixon Hughes Goodman admits seven new partners and principals Seven lucky boys and girls got their seat at the big kids table on June 1, but the class of 2019 is smaller […]
There will only be EB Wipfli in your dreams. We were just forwarded an email that Eide Bailly CEO Jerry Topp sent to the firm announcing that the deal is no longer happening. From: Jerry Topp Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:34 PM To: ~!All Users Subject: Important Merger Update Importance: High I have some significant news […]
On Wednesday we reported that the latest entries into the accounting firm merger orgy were Wipfli and Eide Bailly. Today, the firms rolled out their trite little song and dance about client service, expanded geography and whatnot but we've been over that, so we'll spare you from repeating those details. What we do have is a […]
Last month we heard a rumor that Milwaukee-based Wipfli (I've been informed it's pronounced WIFF-lee) and Fargo-based Eide Bailly were in merger discussions. Supposedly, Wipfli partners voted on the merger right before Christmas but our source said that prior to the vote "[Wipfli] announced internally that they are merging with Eide Bailly," and that the […]
Ernst & Young revenues fall slightly to $21.3 bln [Reuters]
“For the full fiscal year ended June 30, revenues were down 0.9 percent to $21.3 billion from $21.4 billion in fiscal year 2009, Ernst & Young said.
Revenues from advisory services grew by 2 percent, but other areas of the firm, including tax and audit services, posted declines.”
Goldman Sachs Says U.S. Economy May Be `Fairly Bad’ [Bloomberg]
Or ‘very bad.’ Either way, it’s there’s no good to be found.
Obama’s Tax Pitch: Income Gap That Millionaires Should Fill [Bloomberg]
“President Barack Obama has shifted his central argument against the Bush-era tax cuts to make the income gap as much a voter concern as the budget gap.
Since Sept. 3, Obama has chided Republicans for wanting to extend tax cuts for “millionaires and billionaires” — a line he repeated in a morning television interview, a weekly radio address, backyard chats in Des Moines and Albuquerque, and three times during one speech at a community college in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Before then, administration economists cast taxing the wealthy largely as a matter of fiscal prudence — a way to free up $700 billion from the deficit over the next 10 years.”
Wipfli acquires Illinois firm [The Business Journal of Milwaukee]
“Wipfli LLP, a CPA firm headquartered in Milwaukee, said that officers and associates of Rockford, Ill.-based Lindgren Callihan Van Osdol & Co. Ltd have joined Wipfli through an acquisition.
The transaction was effective Oct. 1 but was announced late Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lindgren Callihan Van Osdol, which was founded in 1963, specializes in audit, accounting and consulting services to businesses and to individuals. The acquisition is one of the largest in Wipfli’s history, said managing partner Rick Dreher.”
Karl Rove group, other tax-exempt orgs under fire for alleged political activities [Don’t Mess with Taxes]
Hard to believe that Karl Rove would be involved in anything shady.
Sun Chips Bag to Lose Its Crunch [WSJ]
YOUR LUNCH WILL BE QUIETER SOON.
H-P Board Surprised Hurd Didn’t Go Quietly [WSJ]
H-P’s directors ‘hoped he would move on,’ said one person familiar with the situation, adding that the board prefers to focus on ‘protecting the brand and taking the higher ground.’
Mr. Hurd resigned Friday over ethics violations related to his relationship with a former H-P marketing contractor, Jodie Fisher. His exit was immediately followed by hard-hitting comments from H-P executives and a board member. Mr. Hurd left with a separation agreement that included a $12.2 million cash payment and a promise not to disparage the company or ‘induce others’ to do so.
In the days b n, according to a person familiar with the matter, Mr. Hurd hired Sitrick & Co., a Los Angeles-based firm known for handling crisis communications for high-profile individuals, including former H-P chairman Patricia Dunn and celebrity Paris Hilton.”
What Not to Do When Blowing the Whistle [FINS]
Sure you can get paid the big bucks to sing like a canary these days but are some things you might want to consider first.
Black Accountants Group Names New Leader [Afro American]
“Calvin Harris Jr., was recently elected the 24th national president and CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). NABA, a 501 c(3) nonprofit, is the leading association for African Americans and minorities in the accounting, audit, finance, information technology, tax, and other business related fields. Harris’s two-year term began July 1.”
Wipfli LLP: Washington state-based Michael R. Bell & Company, PLLC, joins Wipfli LLP [WisBusiness]
“Effective August 1, the partners and associates of Washington state-based Michael R. Bell & Company, PLLC, joined Wipfli LLP, an international CPA firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michael R. Bell & Company specializes in providing audit, accounting and consulting services to a variety of health care organizations and will become part of Wipfli’s full-service health care industry practice.”
Salesforce Customers Want Better Link to Accounting [Web CPA]
“A new survey of Salesforce.com customers found that the majority of them want to link more closely between their customer relationship management software and accounting software.
The survey, by Salesforce.com partner FinancialForce.com, found that 67 percent of those using competing packages cited a lack of integration of their current accounting software with customer relationship management software as their biggest headache.”
Plum Benefit to Cultural Post: Tax-Free Housing [NYT]
Being a director of some of the best known museums in the world is not only lucrative (multi-million dollar salary), you can also get a pretty sweet pad – tax free!
Mickelson Has Arthritic Condition That Made Him Question His Golf Future [Bloomberg]
Rest easy T Fly, Phil says he’s back to 90% just in time for the PGA that starts tomorrow.