July 23, 2018

Your End of Busy Season Party Hasn’t Really Started Until the Beefcake Shows Up

Greensboro, NC-based Bernard Robinson and Co. holds an annual End of Busy Season party just like many firms do with food, an open bar and even an awards ceremony.

With awards like "Longest Internship… Ever" and "Most Likely To Drink Coffee By the Keg" given out at the event, the firm is clearly not taking themselves too seriously, which is easy when you're a smaller firm serving 2,300 clients. Just this year, they went from 15 employees to 90.

“We look forward to this party every year,” partner Tracey Murphy told the local News & Record.

Marie Yates, an administrative assistant at the firm who retired in January, told the paper she's been to every single End of Busy Season party.

Including the one where they hired a male stripper?

But the focus Monday night was celebrating the end of tax season.

Even so, Yates confided that parties have been R-rated on occasion. Like the time someone hired a male stripper to perform. [emphasis ours]

No one was wearing a lamp shade on their head when the News & Record left, but it was early.

“We always have a lot of fun,” Yates said. “In an hour, we’ll forget about what we’ve been working on.”

Oh I bet! It's easy to forget about clients when some guy in a cheap cop costume is wagging his wang in your face, innit?

We are all for a good party but wouldn't it have been a bit more PC to also hire a female stripper? You know, just for diversity's sake. Would hate for someone to feel excluded from this good time and all.

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Grant Thornton to Close Greensboro, NC Office

We’ve received multiple tips informing us that Grant Thornton’s Greensboro, North Carolina office will be closing in the spring after busy season has ended.

Greensboro has approximately 35 professionals in all three service lines although our sources indicate that many tax professionals were laid off late last year in anticipation of the closure. Greensboro currently functions as a satellite of the Charlotte office which houses the support professionals.

What’s not known at this time is whether the office will become virtual, similar to the setup that Ernst & Young arranged for its Greensboro office other whether it will be an outright closure.

We contacted Grant Thornton for comment and had not heard back from them at the time of this posting.

If you’re familiar with the situation in Greensboro and have more information, get in touch with us. We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Dita von Teese’s Accountant Understands Why She Has to Spend $70k on a Dress

Last month we mentioned that while we enjoy her genius, we wouldn’t want to be of Lady Gaga’s accountant. She definitely falls into the “clients that make you want to jump out the window” bucket.

Likewise, if we had our choice of clients, we wouldn’t be chasing down burlesque artists that marry rock stars, in this case, Dita von Teese. Not because we don’t enjoy burlesque artists and the rock stars they love, quite the contrary actually; it’s just seems that the headaches associated with such a client would be more trouble than it would be worth.


Surprisingly, DVT takes money quite seriously and is not as slipshod as you might expect.

I refuse to go to the hair salon and have a $300 hair dye job – I do it myself at home with an $8 dye kit… I’ve always been a saver…I saved at least 15[%] of everything I earned and invested it in mutual funds

Jesus, talk about sensible. However there is this glimmer:

I think nothing of spending $8,000 on a corset for my show. My accountant once said he couldn’t understand how I spent $70,000 on a single dress but then he came to my show and saw how lavish it was and told me afterwards that now he understood.

Those are work related expenses though; count us unimpressed. We’re expecting Gaga-esque negligent wasting of money. Like seriously getting carried away.

I bought [a Jaguar] one night on eBay for $35,000 when I’d had too much champagne.

Yes. That’s the best she can offer. Plus, there’s this:

I pay my [credit card] balances off every month.”

More sensible behavior. Doesn’t sound like she’d be that bad of a client at all. Hell, she probably even keeps all her receipts. L. Gaga’s accountant might consider asking her for some advice.

Dita von Teese: ‘I spent $70,000 on a single dress for my show’ [Telegraph]