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Accounting News Roundup: Obamas Earned $1.7 Million in 2010; 9th Circuit Hears Boeing Whistleblower Case; Tax Advisor for the Desperate Endorses Trump | 04.19.11

Alterra Investors Should Oppose KPMG Reappointment, ISS Says [Bloomberg]
Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. (ALTE) investors should reject the insurer’s plan to reappoint KPMG- Bermuda after a government accounting board faulted the auditor’s work, said Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. The proxy-advisory service joins Glass Lewis & Co. in advising shareholders next month to vote against a proposal by Alterra’s management to keep the Bermuda affiliate of the Big Four accounting firm as the company’s auditor.

Obamas Earned $1.7 Million, Paid $453,770 in Taxes; Bidens Made $379,178 [Bloomberg]
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported $1.7 million in adjusted gross income last year and paid $453,770 in federal income taxes, according to tax returns released yesterday by the White House. The Obamas’ adjusted gross income for 2010 dropped about 69 percent from the previous year, when it was $5.5 million, and 2010 was the couple’s lowest-earning year since 2006, before Obama’s presidential campaign generated interest in books he wrote. Their total federal income tax liability for 2010 dropped about 75 percent from 2009, when it was $1.8 million.

ASU 2011-2: The Accounting for Troubled Debt Restructurings Still Leaks Oil [Accounting Onion]
How accounting standards and Hondas are not alike.

Testy 9th Circuit Hears Whistleblower Case [CNS]
Two Boeing employees who were fired after providing a newspaper reporter information about alleged ethics violations asked the 9th Circuit to reconsider a federal judge’s ruling that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not prohibit termination for disclosures to the media. No court has yet addressed whether employees can be fired under federal whistleblower laws for providing non-confidential information about potential fraud to the press.

Arguments Have Loopholes, Too [CFO]
The debate over GE’s taxes has as many holes as the IRC.

Gary Busey Endorses Donald Trump for President in 2012 [YouTube]

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