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Accounting News Roundup: Tax Compromise Ready to Pass Senate; Carlyle CFO Jumps Ship Pre-IPO; Exclusive Club Founder Owes Millions in Taxes | 12.13.10

Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate [WSJ]
Democrats are predicting that a much-debated tax agreement will clear a crucial hurdle comfortably in the Senate on Monday, with a margin that they hope will add momentum to the deal in the House. But even with President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and a growing number of Senate Democrats backing the deal, House Democrats remained eager to test whether they could push Republicans to raise the proposed tax rate on estates.

Seven Things You Should Not Do Online at Work [FINS]
A quick refresher for anyone that has already forgotten PwC Email Hottiegate 2010 (Ireland edition).

Carlyle Finance Chief Nachtwey Leaves in Setback to IPO Plans [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
Peter Nachtwey, a Deloitte alum, is leaving Carlyle ‘to pursue a great new opportunity’ shortly before the firm’s planned IPO, “Carlyle plans to file IPO papers late in 2011, people with knowledge of the matter said earlier this month. The stock sale may not occur until the following year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.”

Internal auditors next to give evidence in the Lords [Accountancy Age]
Internal auditors will take centre stage tomorrow when they appear before a House of Lords committee to give evidence on the role of auditors during the financial crisis.

The Lords are expected to probe the relationship between internal auditors and audit committees, on the one hand, and external auditors on the other. The current chief executive of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Dr Ian Peters, will appear as will Sarh Blackburn, a former president and current member of the institute.

IRS: Exclusive Montana Resort Founder Owes $15.4M [ABC News]
The co-founders of the millionaires-only Yellowstone Club also has to settle up with the state of Montana, “Tim and Edra Blixseth also owe Montana $57 million in taxes on money taken out of the Yellowstone Club and spent on luxury jets, cars and yachts that they wrote off as business expenses, according to state officials. With Edra Blixseth bankrupt, state officials have filed a warrant to go after Tim Blixseth’s assets to cover the debt.”

Firm will review auditor that overlooked Bell corruption [Los Angeles Times]
California Controller John Chiang is expected to release his review next month of the work of auditing firm Mayer Hoffman McCann, which gave the municipality a clean bill of health. The case has highlighted questions over firms that audit troubled government entities. Chiang already has issued several reports on Bell’s finances that found numerous shortcomings and red flags pointing to excessive salaries, illegal taxes and fees.

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