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Accounting News Roundup: EC Impatient with U.S. IFRS Foot Dragging; British Expats Have a Week to Get Back to Libya; MBAs Can’t Right | 03.07.11

Brussels pushes US on accounting [FT]
The European Commission has tried to bolster the US’s uncertain commitment to global accounting standards by suggesting that it could lose international influence if it does not sign up. Brussels’s impatience with the long-standing attempt to create a single language for financial reporting comes amid criticism of the rules being written for the project.

MF Global appoints new CFO [Reuters]
Brokerage MF Global Holdings , led by former Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Jon Corzine, has appointed Henri Steenkamp to the post of Chief Financial Officer. Steenkamp, who is currently the firm’s chief accounting officer and global controller, will replace Randy MacDonald, who was recently appointed global head of the firm’s retail operations, the company said in a statement.

CFOs Reveal Second-Quarter Hiring Plans [PR Newswire]
Most (85 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they expect to make no changes to their current staffing levels during the second quarter of 2011. Seven percent anticipate adding full-time accounting and finance professionals, while another 7 percent plan personnel reductions. The net 0 percent projection is down two points from the first-quarter 2011 forecast.

Taxman gives ex-pats a week’s notice to return to Libya [Accountancy Age]
HMRC has announced that the ex-pats will have one week after the country is deemed safe by the Foreign Office to return there without it affecting their status. Jonathan Kropman, a tax partner at law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, said: “Given reports of widespread damage to property and infrastructure in Libya this seems unduly harsh.

Students Struggle for Words [WSJ]
While M.B.A. students’ quantitative skills are prized by employers, their writing and presentation skills have been a perennial complaint. Employers and writing coaches say business-school graduates tend to ramble, use pretentious vocabulary or pen too-casual emails.

Al Pacino — Targeted By IRS Over $188k Debt [TMZ]
A little fallout from the Ken Starr (the guy who just got sentenced) situation.

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