September 22, 2021

Promotion Watch ’21: EY Admits 830 New Partners Worldwide

Big promotion announcement today at EY on the eve of its new fiscal year: the firm admitted its largest-ever new partner class: The EY organization announces that 830 people have been promoted to partner across the globe, the largest ever cohort of new partners. Women and audit represent 34% and 26% of this year’s new […]

Has Anyone Worked At All of the Big 4 Firms?

Did you or a current or former colleague complete public accounting’s equivalent of “hitting for the cycle” in baseball? (Presumably, single = KPMG, double = EY, triple = Deloitte, and home run = PwC.) Do you wear your Big 4 quadfecta as a badge of honor? Which firm gave out the best swag? Which firm […]

Just FYI There’s a Video Game About a Turnip Committing Tax Evasion to Add to Your ‘Accounting and Accounting-Adjacent’ Steam Library

The last time we wrote about an accounting-related video game around here was nearly three years ago when some guy made a quickie called Busy Season that involved a dick awfully phallic-looking bean in various harrowing situations. Given that the Venn diagram of people who understand what busy season is like and people who have […]

PwC Has Gotten the U.K. Audit Cops’ Attention

The press release the U.K. Financial Reporting Council sent out earlier today was short and sweet—all of 64 words—but it likely sent a shiver down the spines of TPTB at PwC: The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) has commenced an investigation into PwC LLP in relation to its audit of the consolidated financial statements of Wyelands […]

Let’s Talk About What the Profession Can Do to Advance Black CPAs

Three leaders of the Black CPA Centennial’s organizing partners—whose everyday missions support and promote the advancement of Black CPAs—offer insights on the main barriers Black professionals face, the roles their organizations play in helping overcome those barriers, and what the CPA profession can do collectively to progress in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion. The organizations […]

Promotion Watch ’21: PwC Admits 63 Overachievers to the U.K. Partnership

The smell of new partners is in the air at the Queen’s PwC: Congratulations to the 63 new partners across our Audit, Consulting, Deals, Risk and Tax business divisions. Find out more: https://t.co/R1X0RW59XB pic.twitter.com/dR89znLKNK — PwC UK (@PwC_UK) June 24, 2021 Of the 63 P. Dubsteppers who get to sit at the adults’ table beginning […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Old Guy Decided Stealing a Sh*t-Ton of Money Would Be the Best Way of Getting Back At His Bosses For Downsizing

Eighty-year-old Charles Esposito of Hainesport, NJ, who worked as an accounting manager for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope for 45 years, was sentenced to five years in state prison on June 9 after admitting to stealing $2.5 million from his former employer, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Remy said during the sentencing hearing that ol’ […]

This Is Not Good, KPMG. Not Good At All.

Here’s some less-than-stellar news about the Queen’s KPMG from today’s Financial Times: KPMG faces a record fine of more than £15m after advising bed manufacturer Silentnight on the sale of its business despite the accountant’s “conflict of interest” with the buyout fund that bought it. An independent tribunal found that KPMG and one of its […]

Science Confirms That Mind-Numbing Overtime Sucks

2020 delivered much sorrow and absurdity but also brought us catchy new phrases. “Follow the science” has worn out its welcome in many circles, but I’m willing to resurrect this phrase for a just cause: debunking the myth that relentless overtime is a necessity in the accounting profession. Without further delay, let’s take a nice […]

Friday Footnotes: Too Hot For Immateriality; Deloitte Ditches the Office; Diversity? I Hardly Know Her! | 6.18.21

AICPA, CAQ support SEC’s exploration of climate change disclosures [Journal of Accountancy] The AICPA and the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) voiced support for the SEC’s exploration of disclosures related to climate change and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in comment letters sent to the commission on Friday. KPMG delays hybrid working plans after […]

F*ck the Firms, It’s Your Show Now

Several weeks back I had an early morning appointment halfway across town and though I usually bike everywhere, I decided I didn’t feel like working up a sweat at 7:30 a.m. so I called an Uber. Rather, I attempted to get an Uber, however not a single vehicle was on the road. I live in […]

PwC Is a Name You Can Trust … Or So It Claims

Hey all you Trusty McTrustersons! Here’s an excerpt from a post Trusty Tim Ryan published today on LinkedIn explaining something new at PwC called The New Equation: What we know is that trust will be the defining factor in how businesses are able to achieve both profit and purpose – so in the US, we are aligning […]

The IMA Is Beefing With the AICPA and NASBA Over the Future of Accounting Education

Today, the AICPA and NASBA unveiled their highly anticipated CPA Evolution Model Curriculum — CPAEMC if you’re nasty — which the Journal of Accountancy describes as “a recommended blueprint for an accounting program designed to help educators prepare graduates for the changing demands of the CPA profession.” Times they are a-changin’, kids, so much so […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part XIV

Andrew Yates has put together a squad—six men (including Yates) and six women—who will act as his right hand when he takes over as CEO of KPMG Australia on July 1. One of the members of KPMG Australia’s new National Executive Committee is a recent refugee of PwC, according to a press release: External hire, Dorothy […]

Friday Footnotes: A Deloitteful Failure; PwC Hunts For Missing Emails; CPAs Tell Clients GTFO | 6.11.21

Deloitte Sued for Allegedly Failing to Find ‘Irregularities’ in Audits of Singapore Oil Trader [Insurance Journal] A failed oil trader in Singapore that owes creditors more than $3.5 billion is suing Deloitte & Touche LLP, alleging the auditing firm failed to detect “serious irregularities” in its financial statements for more than a decade. KPMG shouts […]

Is It Time For Prometric to Ditch the Mask Mandate?

On May 16, 2021 the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals could enthusiastically rip the masks from their faces and go forth out into the world maskless like they did prior to all this mess. Social distancing? Gone. Hiding in your apartment? Forget it. From the CDC website: If you are fully vaccinated, you can […]

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Making Remote Work: June’s Hottest Remote Accounting Jobs

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Deloitte Is Currently Recruiting Chads With Yee Yee Ass Haircuts

Imagine my surprise when innocently browsing Reddit while on the can the other night and stumbling across the r/justfuckmyshitup x Deloitte crossover I never knew I needed. Some highlights from the comments: Don’t get this haircut and definitely don’t work at Deloitte either. You ever heard of wlb? It’s obviously a large firm with many […]

Promotion Watch ’21: PwC Admits 210 New Partners and Principals

It’s promotion season at PwC, and the newest batch of chosen ones will officially become partners or principals on July 1 after they kiss Tim Ryan’s ring. Of the 210 individuals promoted, 116 will be partners and 94 will be principals. This year’s class of 210 new partners and principals is the smallest since 2015, […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Baker Tilly Admits 24 New Partners

The Chicago-based public accounting firm with a guitar pick for a logo handed out 24 new memberships to the partner club on June 1, one more than last year. The 15 men and nine women in the Baker Tilly new partner class of 2021 are: Paul Bishop, CPA, Tax – Manufacturing and Distribution, Madison, WI […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Fraud Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

I never thought I’d ever write the words “egg accountant busted in embezzlement scheme” but here we are. The egg accountant, Jonathan Weston, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh June 3 on charges of fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney Office for the Western District of […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From EY and Issues a Press Release, Part VI

Poaching season never rests, especially in the U.K. In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” Ian Wood can get his old KPMG coffee mug out of storage because he’s back at where it all began, this time as part of the firm’s Energy Lead Advisory team. According to a press […]

Promotion Watch ’21: Deloitte Canada Adds 29 New Partners

While these 29 individuals at Deloitte Canada were promoted to partner at the beginning of the year, it’s not too late to recognize this class of 16 men and 13 women for their unyielding love of all things D-town. Among service lines, consulting leads the way with 15 new partners, followed by tax and legal […]

There’s a Coup Going Down as We Speak at the PCAOB

Here’s a nice little Friday news dump for y’all to hand-wring over as we head into the weekend: Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler has fired the U.S.’s top accounting regulator, a move that is certain to please investor advocates and progressives who had demanded an overhaul of the watchdog. The SEC announced the […]

Friday Footnotes: PwC Thinks You Miss Your Office Friends; KPMG Clients Kept Tax Dodging; Deloitte and Diversity | 6.4.21

Wealthy KPMG clients continued to dodge taxes for years after CRA detected offshore ‘sham’ [CBC] The KPMG scheme involved setting up shell companies for Canadian multimillionaires and billionaires in the Isle of Man, a British crown dependency in the Irish Sea. A client would purport to give away their wealth to one of the shell […]

EY Just Bought Some Really Expensive Pancakes

In late 2019, we learned that EY thinks women are a bunch of dumb sluts who need to be told to cover up the goods in a professional setting, so much so that a day-and-a-half long “leadership seminar” held at the firm’s Hoboken office in 2018 focused intently on this bit (er, their bits?). HuffPo […]

KPMG Managing Director Alan White Will Be Laid to Rest on June 3

A memorial service will be held in West Virginia on Thursday morning for KPMG Managing Director James Alan White who passed away in Dallas on Oct. 22, 2020. Internment will follow the memorial service, according to his obituary. White, who would have turned 56 on June 16, was born in Charleston, WV, and was a […]

Here’s Why the Millennials and Zoomers In Your Office Stink

If you’ve chosen to awaken from your work-from-home slumber and returned to your firm or accounting department, you may have noticed a foul smell coming from some of your younger colleagues. No, they aren’t reeking of entitlement (unless they work at EY). They are reeking of body odor. Lockdowns and social distancing have triggered a […]

Friday Footnotes: The Future of Remote Work; Talent Crunch Gets Crunchier; SEC Sucks | 5.28.21

KPMG launches relaxed work policies to combat remote work fatigue [Accounting Today] “Since the start of the pandemic, the firm has employed a continuous listening approach, using regular experience surveys and other feedback channels to stay connected with people and better understand the challenges they’re facing and support they need,” Darren Burton, vice chair of […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: RSM US #62 (2021)

When all was said and done, RSM US and its employees had a pretty decent 2020. The firm’s revenue increased nearly 11% over the previous year, RSM didn’t cut pay during the pandemic and doled out both raises and bonuses to employees, and RSM overtook KPMG as the firm most likely to give its capital […]

Oh Look, a Pissed-Off Stockholder Is Suing Mattel Directors and PwC

While a potential class complaint filed against Mattel and its auditor PwC by a group of Mattel investors currently sits in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, a separate lawsuit against directors of the global toy giant’s board and PwC was filed on May 21 in Delaware Chancery Court by a […]

EY Poaches Someone From Deloitte and Issues a Press Release, Part II

In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we head to London where Jill Trafford finally got an invitation to participate in games Big 4 partners play. She announced her promotion at EY on LinkedIn earlier this month: With EY dangling a promotion to partner, Trafford decided to dip from her […]

Promotion Watch ’21: BKD Adds 18 New Partners

TPTB at BKD have released the names of the firm’s newest class of partners who will officially be welcomed to the club on June 1. The 15 men and three women who will receive gift bags from Ben and Kate next week are: Jim Ashley, Springfield Brian Beiser, Denver Rick Carrier Jr., Evansville Meagan Clark, […]

Hywel Talks Hybrid At EY U.K.

“We have championed flexible working for many years prior to COVID-19 and we will continue to do so. This has been built on a culture of trust with our people. We also believe there will always be a need for EY to have office space across the U.K., but how we use our offices in […]

Old Guy Wearing KPMG Hat Wins At Golf

Congrats to KP(hil)MG’s most beloved and valuable employee for winning his second PGA Championship on Sunday—his sixth major overall—and for becoming the oldest major champion ever at age 50. Phil Mickelson and his blue KPMG hat shot a one-over-par 73 during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday, finishing with a two-shot lead […]

Shape Your Accounting Career Your Way with the Intuit Expert Network

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EY Had An Office In Gaza Media Tower Leveled By Israeli Air Strike

Thanks to a tipster who sent us a link to a Facebook post from Saed Abdallah, a partner at EY Palestinian Authority: The missile strike on the 12-story al-Jalaa building in Gaza City was carried out by Israel because it claimed the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas. The building, which […]

Number of the Day: $26.7 Billion

Deloitte has the most valuable brand among commercial services firms worldwide, as the Green Dot is valued at $26.7 billion, according to the 2021 Commercial Services 100 report from Brand Finance. However, the value of the Deloitte brand slipped nearly 18% in the past year—from $32.5 billion in 2020 to $26.7 billion—due to the Rona, […]

RIP James Alan White, Managing Director at KPMG In Dallas

Just saw on my Twitter feed the sad news that the remains of James Alan White, the KPMG managing director who went missing last October, were found Thursday afternoon and identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reported: Dallas police said that a survey […]

Audit ‘Reform’ in the UK: Hello … Is Anybody There?

It’s one thing to discuss the breadth of the UK government’s March 18 consultation paper, “Restoring Trust in Audit and Corporate Governance,” with its 98 questions spread over 232 pages, as I did recently in a conference mixing academics and practitioners. It’s quite another, and thoroughly dispiriting, to observe the public silence on the likelihood […]

KPMG Can’t Get Out of Class-Action Suit Filed By Miller Energy Investors

A Tennessee federal judge on May 7 greenlighted class certification in a multiyear lawsuit against KPMG by investors of the now-defunct oil and gas company Miller Energy Resources Inc., despite KPMG’s best efforts to get the lawsuit thrown out. According to Law360, U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Poplin had recommended that the Miller Energy investors […]

$58,508: The Average Starting Salary for New Accounting Grads

Accounting students who are graduating in 2021 are the beneficiaries of an average starting salary that has increased by nearly 11% over last year, according to the most recent salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The average starting salary for accounting undergrads this year is projected to be $58,508, up […]

Number of the Day: $5.7 Million

No, that isn’t the latest fine given to a Big 4 firm by the SEC for shitty auditing. That is the median cash compensation—after graduation and working for 35 years—for someone who got an MBA from one of the top 50 business schools in the U.S., according to an analysis for the website Poets&Quants by […]

Which Firm Had the Most IPO Audit Clients In Q1 2021?

The SPAC bubble didn’t burst during the first quarter of 2021. Of the 407(!) initial public offerings in U.S. markets between Jan. 1 and March 31, 298 (73.2%) involved blank check or special-purpose acquisition companies, according to a new analysis from Audit Analytics. In total, the 407 IPOs raised nearly $134.7 billion—an increase of more […]

In Response to Discrimination Claims From Ex-Senior Officer, PCAOB Went on a ‘Deny’ Spree

The PCAOB emphatically denied the allegations made by its former chief administration officer Sue Lee who claimed in a wrongful termination lawsuit that she was the victim of a “xenophobic and racist campaign” against her by Chairman William Duhnke because of her Asian ethnicity. How emphatically did the PCAOB deny Lee’s discrimination accusations? The U.S.’s […]

Even EYers Think PwC Is a Better Firm Than EY

Leave it to EY to turn a call with staff into a high school pep rally. And leave it to one EY employee to hilariously try to torpedo it. This was posted on Fishbowl earlier today: The funny thing is another EYer who was on that call told us he/she was considering doing something similar […]

Number of the Day: 59%

While not public accounting specific, that is the percentage of top performers who had their promotions postponed within the past year due to the Rona pandemic, according to the results of a recent Robert Half survey. So as a result of not being able to drink that sweet promotion juice, 38% of professionals surveyed said […]

KPMG Proves Its Commitment to Women By Firing the Guys Who Expensed Strippers and Gave Interns Alcohol Poisoning

Determined to steal the crown from public accounting’s reigning fuck-ups (that’s EY for those of you out of the loop), a group of former KPMGers are doing their best to bring shame upon their former firm now that news of their “boys’ night out” shenanigans has reached the unwashed masses. And they have the Australian Financial […]

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: EY #41 (2021)

Bringing up the rear among the Big 4 firms in the 2021 F100BCTWF is EY at No. 41. The good news is, even after all the cringey decisions EY leadership made over the past year—temporarily shelving performance-based bonuses, getting rid of senior manager promotion bonuses, giving raises only to EYers who went up in rank, […]