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Accounting News Roundup: Big 4 Diversity Rankings; NFL Players Are Calling Their Accountants Today; Choose Sleep Over Food | 03.04.11

House votes to rescind IRS reporting measure [Reuters]
The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to rescind an unpopular business tax reporting requirement in the year-old healthcare law, but the measure could be delayed by a dispute with Senate Democrats over how to pay for it. The House vote was 314-112, with 76 Democrats joining the majority Republicans despite concerns the method used to cover the cost of repealing the reporting requirements would weaken President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

Ford Accounting Move May Add $13 Billion to Profit, Expert Says [BBW]
Ford Motor Co., after earning $9.3 billion in the last two years, may make an accounting change this year to reflect confidence in its recovery, a move one tax expert said could boost its 2011 profit as much as $13 billion. Ford in the second half may eliminate from its balance sheet a valuation allowance held against deferred tax assets, it said in a federal filing this week. The reserve was created in 2006 as Ford began four years of operating losses.

Employment Data Signal Economic Improvement [WSJ]
Nonfarm payrolls rose by 192,000 last month as private-sector employers added 222,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday in its survey of employers. The January number was revised to show an increase of 63,000 jobs from a previous estimate of 36,000. The unemployment rate, which is obtained from a separate household survey, fell to 8.9% last month, the first time it dipped below 9% since April 2009.

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity [DiversityInc]
PwC #3; E&Y #5; Deloitte #8; KPMG #29.

What NFL Players Are Asking Their Accountants Right Now [Esquire]
Pro football players may have to start unloading those extra cars.

Deloitte’s role as auditor to Aero Inventory under investigation [Telegraph]
The Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) said on Thursday that it had opened an investigation into the “preparation, approval and audit” of Aero Inventory’s accounts in the years leading up to its collapse in late 2009. The enquiry will centre on Deloitte’s role as well as that of the company’s accountants.

Phil Isom Joins KPMG to Lead U.S. Corporate Finance Group [PR Newswire]
Mr Isom joins KPMG from “another Big Four accounting firm’s capital advisory group.”

Sleep is More Important than Food [HBR]
In case you’ve got a decision to make this weekend.

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