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February 1, 2023

Accounting News Roundup: KPMG Keeps GE, Wells Fargo Audit Gigs | 04.26.18

Programming note: ANR will be off tomorrow, returning Monday.

KPMG Gets Cold Shoulder From GE Shareholders [WSJ]
Michael Rapoport reports, “Only 64.9% of GE shareholders voted to ratify KPMG as GE’s auditor.” One governance expert called it an “extraordinary” level of opposition, but the fact remains: KPMG will be GE’s auditor for another year: Its 110th. Wells Fargo shareholders also voted to retain the firm, with 91.1% giving KPMG their blessing despite a recommended “No” vote from proxy firm Glass Lewis.

PCAOB Seeks Input into its 2018-2022 Strategic Planning Through a Public Survey [PCAOB]
“Following the recent appointment of five new Board members,” the auditors’ auditor wants the opinions of the public to “[take] a fresh look at the organization and its future direction in fulfilling its mission.” The survey is here.

Under New Tax Law the Question Is, To Be or Not to Be a REIT? [Bloomberg]
Some are considering a change to C corporation tax status to avoid paying most of their earnings in dividends, using it to expand or re-invest in their properties.

How High Are Recreational Marijuana Taxes in Your State? [Tax Foundation]
Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, but only eight of these have legal markets, meaning that pot is sold and taxes are collected.

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I wrote about KPMG’s announcement that it would be adding independent directors to its board.

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