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Accounting News Roundup: Rangel Censured, Feels Good; Tax Relief for Bailed Out Companies; “Little GAAP” Risks | 12.03.10

Rangel Censured for Ethics Violations [WSJ]
“I truly feel good,” said Mr. Rangel, 80 years old, who has represented Harlem for 40 years. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that I know in my heart that I am not going to be judged by this Congress, but I am going to be judged by my life.”

Baucus introduces tax, unemployment bill as accord appears possible [On the Money/The Hill]
There he goes again, attempting to don the bipartisan armor, “Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced legislation Thursday to permanently extend tax cuts for the middle class, patch the alternative minimum tax for two years and reinstate the estate tax.

Besides the tax provisions, the legislation calls for a yearlong extension of federal unemployment insurance through 2011. Baucus introduced a $56.4 billion bill earlier this week to federal extend benefits, which began lapsing on Wednesday.”

BofA Drags Balance Sheet Confidence Backward [Jonathan Weil/Bloomberg]
PwC may be in a bit of a pickle over Bank of America’s mortgage mess.

Is the IRS Racist? [Time]
Total headline bait trash from Time. Obviously the IRS isn’t racist. Their methods need some serious tweaking and they need help setting their priorities but they aren’t bloody racist.

What’s keeping CPAs up at night? [CPA Success]
Tom Hood tells us.

Tax Breaks for Bailout Recipients Stir Up Debate [WSJ]
A series of tax relief measures is saving companies bailed out by the government billions of dollars at a time when concern over tax revenues has risen.

Although the Treasury Department first provided the tax guidance in the fall of 2008, the magnitude of the tax savings has become clearer in the past year. The tax relief drew new scrutiny last month after Wall Street bankers touted it to investors in the initial public offering of General Motors Corp.

KPMG Announces 2010 Americas Partner Class [PR Newswire]
We tried telling them months ago.

The Fed’s Full Disclosure: Don’t Forget About Government GAAP [Forbes]
Francine may have lost it, “What do Ben Bernanke and Julian Assange have in common besides that sexy ‘come hither’ look?” Shudder.

The Big Risks of Little GAAP [CFO]
Careful what you wish for?

Clifton Gunderson relocating headquarters within Tosa’s Research Park [MJS]
CG is expanding into new digs of 28,000 square feet.

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