September 25, 2021

The Accountant Doth Protest Too Much

If you assumed that comments submitted for accounting, auditing or tax proposed regulations were too boring to read, man, you are missing out.

I dug through more than a dozen comments on the PCAOB's proposal to disclose audit partner names and, for the most part, the comments were harmless and relatively interesting. However, I find that when I undertake one of these little excursions there's always a hidden treasure; this time, the Institute of Management Accountants' comment letter was the gem I wanted. It ended like so:

Now, I've only been in and around accounting for 12-ish years, but am I strange to think that this proposal isn't an insult to the profession? I think I could make a pretty reasonable case that auditor independence is a bigger insult to the accounting profession than partner disclosure.

But also, does the IMA really have a dog in this fight? We're talking about auditors, after all. Plus, the "cannot fathom" seems plenty strong on its face along with "professional insult." I mean, what is a professional insult? I just thought it was a thing comedians did when discussing each other's moms.

But don't take my word for it. Go read it alongside the rest of the comments I picked out (including one from John Roberts!) and have a great short week. 

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