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Accounting News Roundup: Deloitte Looking at Five-Year Hiring Spree; Boehner Finding Common Ground on Tax Cuts?; Public Companies Who Can’t Calc EBITDA | 09.13.10

~ Ed. note: Posting may be a little light over the next couple of days as TPTB have taxied me to some meetings in an undisclosed location. I’ll break free when I can to help you stave off the madness and be back to a full slate on Wednesday.

Deloitte Touche plans hiring spree [FT]
“Deloitte employs 170,000 people worldwide and said on Monday that it expects to add 250,000 new workers during the next five years as it looks to expand its services and geographic reach.

Regionally, Deloitte had the strongest growth in Asia, where revenues were up by 8.5 per cent to $3.6bn. Revenues were up by nearly 4 per cent to $13bn in the Americas, thanks to increased demand in Brazil, but dipped in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Tax Cuts May Prove Better for Politicians Than for Economy [NYT]
“[E]conomic research suggests that tax cuts, though difficult for politicians to resist in election season, have limited ability to bolster the flagging economy because they are essentially a supply-side remedy for a problem caused by lack of demand.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this year analyzed the short-term effects of 11 policy options and found that extending the tax cuts would be the least effective way to spur the economy and reduce unemployment. The report added that tax cuts for high earners would have the smallest “bang for the buck,” because wealthy Americans were more likely to save their money than spend it.”

Boehner Opens Door in Tax Talks [WSJ]
“Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio), speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” reiterated that he preferred extending the Bush-era tax cuts for all earners. But he said he would vote for a bill limited to middle-income Americans if all other options failed.

‘I want to do something for all Americans who pay taxes,’ Mr. Boehner said, adding that extending rates for all income brackets would help the economy grow and create jobs. ‘If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I’ll vote for it.’ ”

Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud [NYT]
“At issue in the complaint against the Chamber of Commerce is whether the group mixed funds for charitable and noncharitable political purposes in violation of tax codes.

The chamber, often using expensive mass-market radio and TV spots, has weighed in on many major public policy debates in recent months, including the Obama administration’s health care policy, business regulations, campaign finance laws and Internet rules, as well as job creation and the threat of tax hikes. On many issues, it has pushed for less government regulation in favor of free-market incentives.

Now the chamber’s political arm is turning to the November elections, and it expects to spend $50 million or more to push pro-business candidates, usually Republicans. As part of a wave of new commercials broadcast this week, the chamber’s California affiliate attacked Senator Barbara Boxer — a Democrat running for re-election against Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard — and accused Ms. Boxer of ‘destroying jobs’ by voting against business.”

The curious amici curiae brief on behalf of PwC [AccMan]
The AICPA and New York State Society of CPAs filed an amicus brief on behalf of PwC in the case of Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana and City of New Orleans Employees’ Retirement System v. the firm et al. which Dennis Howlett calls “an alarm bell.”

“From the get go what we are seeing is a trade body coming to the defense of one of its own, not in the interests of the shareholders the auditors should have been serving but in the interests of one of its own. In doing so it invokes inflammatory language designed to deflect away from the underlying problems. In an act of opening gambit cynicism, the brief seeks to confirm a position that auditors apparently enjoy to the exclusion of all other business: ‘costs of which may be passed on to clients in the form of higher fees.’ Whatever happened to the notion of risk and reward?”

Pay freeze blow for FTSE 350 directors [FT]
“More than half of FTSE 350 companies have not increased their executive directors’ salaries over the past year, meaning a two-year freeze for many executives, according to new research.

Two-thirds did not receive a rise the previous year either, says the report by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. Bonuses, however, have become more volatile, with pay-outs rising slightly in the FTSE 100 but falling in the FTSE 250.”

Five More Public Companies Who Need to Learn How to Properly Calculate EBITDA under SEC Rules [White Collar Fraud]
Sam Antar has had it up to here (somewhere between his cigar and non-existent hairline) with amateur EBITDA calculations:

“It’s pathetic that so many public companies miscalculate EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) and violate Regulation G governing the calculation of non-GAAP measures such as EBITDA. It seems that too many CFOs, Audit Committees, and auditors don’t take the time to thoroughly review compliance with all appropriate SEC financial reporting rules.”

After busting for their bogus EBITDA calculations, Sam names a few names over at WCF.