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Accounting News Roundup: Time to Sharpen the Teeth at PCAOB; Rebuffing Buffet on Taxes; US Needs Band Aid Treatment for IFRS| 07.29.11

House Postpones Vote on Boehner Debt Plan [WSJ]
The House postponed a Thursday night vote on Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the federal borrowing limit after he failed to stem a revolt by conservative GOP members. The delay leaves the credit status of the U.S. government in jeopardy with five days remaining before it begins running out of money to pay all its bills. The development came after a two-hour debate on the bill was abruptly ended earlier in the evening. Mr. Boehner, knowing that a rejection could undermine his speakership, then joined other House GOP leaders in trying to pressure party members to reconsider their opposition.

Lehman Case Hints at Need to Stiffen Audit Rules [NYT]
The ruling ought to raise a few eyebrows at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which sets auditing standards and regulates auditing firms. If the Lehman audit was in compliance with the auditing rules, it is time to review the rules.

Warren Buffett Is Wrong On Taxes [WSJ]
During Monday night’s national address, President Obama recited the Buffet line that millionaires and billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Democrats in Congress routinely cite Mr. Buffett’s tax confessions as irrefutable evidence that tax rates on the very rich are too low and the system is unfair. And the system would be unfair, if Mr. Buffett’s tax facts were the whole truth. But they aren’t.

Yelp hires new CFO from publicly traded Move Inc. [BBW]
Online reviews site Yelp has hired the chief financial officer of publicly traded real estate website operator Move Inc. as its new CFO — an appointment that may hint it is inching closer to its own initial public offering. Yelp said Thursday that Rob Krolik will replace Vlado Herman, who has worked for Yelp since late 2006 and has been its CFO since mid-2007. Krolik starts immediately. Herman will transition out of the company over the next several months, Yelp spokeswoman Stephanie Ichinose said. The company had been searching for a new CFO for several months.

Madoff Trustee Pulls In Another Billion [WSJ]
The court-appointed trustee recovering money for investors swindled by Bernard Madoff reached a settlement of more than $1 billion with Tremont Group Holdings Inc., one of the largest funds that allegedly channeled money into his Ponzi scheme. The settlement, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, is one of the biggest reached since the multi-billion dollar fraud came to light nearly three years ago. It brings to about $11 billion the amount that a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Irving Picard will ultimately be able to return those cheated by Mr. Madoff, who is serving a 150-year prison sentence.

LinkedIn for Accounting and Business Students [The Summa]
Unless you’re Jack Donaghy, you should probably consider it.

IRS to Build Database of Regulated Tax Preparers for Public Use [Bloomberg]
Taxpayers will be able to examine the qualifications of paid tax-return preparers in a database being built by the Internal Revenue Service that may be available as soon as 2013, according to congressional testimony by an IRS official. The database is part of the phased-in regulation of tax preparers that began in 2010 with a requirement that they register with the IRS and obtain an identification number.

ICAEW: ‘Big Bang’ IFRS adoption best for US [Accountancy Age]
Dr Nigel Sleigh-Johnson, head of the institute’s Financial Reporting Faculty, claimed switching in one fell swoop is evidentially better, as gradual transitions like those of private UK companies “can result in a rather incoherent and complex accounting framework”.

Woman faces trial for fake testicles [MSNBC]
“This is certainly not a staple of my ticket writing in Bonneau,” the police chief told Reuters on Wednesday.

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