October 30, 2020

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Number of the Day: 75%

That’s how many AICPA members are eligible for retirement this year, according to a 2015 exposure draft [PDF] put forward by the AICPA to add “retired” CPA status to the Uniform Accountancy Act. For several years, there has been discussion as to whether or not there should be a Retired-CPA status in the UAA. Currently, […]

Yes, You Can Make More Money as a Freelance Accountant or Finance Professional

The pendulum has swung: accountants and finance professionals can make more money—and have wayyyy more freedom—taking on freelance work, especially when compared to a full-time salaried position at a public accounting firm. Just imagine it! Working from home in your pajamas, setting your own hours, taking Netflix-and-nap breaks. No co-workers bugging you with stories of […]

2021 Accounting Internship Programs, Ranked

Hey wannabe public accountants, Vault today released its ranking of the best accounting firms for interns in 2021, and of the 15 firms included, two are in the Big 4 while five others are among the top 15 largest firms in the U.S. More than 11,000 current and former interns were surveyed earlier this summer […]

Ding Dong the Open Office Is Dead

… and the ‘Rona killed it. In a Fast Company article this week, we find that the much-hated open office is likely in its death knell, just another victim of that pesky global virus. It’s been embraced for saving money, hated for its lack of sound privacy, blasted for reinforcing sexist behavior, and even cited as a […]

Tracker: These Accounting Firms Have Either Cut Jobs or Pay (or Both) During the COVID-19 Crisis

[Updated on Oct. 19 with information about BDO USA.] In case you haven’t noticed, there have been a lot of salary reductions and jobs lost throughout public accounting over the past couple weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And it sucks. So we’ve started compiling a list of firms that have resorted to […]

Job of the Week: Remote Accountant w/ Sage-Intacct Experience

Going Concern’s Job of the Week features a CPA firm looking for a Remote Accountant with a strong working knowledge of Sage-Intacct and church client experience. If you are interested in this job, we invite you to apply with Accountingfly.  APPLY NOW (updated link) | Accountingfly connects you with virtual accounting jobs with the best […]

You Better Put Pants on Before Your Firm Decides to Implement a Work From Home Dress Code

Remember way back in March when the world came to a stop and offices everywhere shut their doors to employees, driving many of us inside? I distinctly remember the collective sentiment being something like “well, whatever, it’ll be over in a few weeks.” In fact, when my own state’s governor locked us down until the […]

What To Do If You Think You’re About To Be Fired

With the news this week that KPMG trashed a bunch of its workforce cuz Rona or whatever, we thought this might be a good time to talk about what you should do if you think you might get the axe. I wish I’d read an article like this a few years back when I got […]

Ask GC: Is It OK to Renege on a Previously Accepted Offer For an Offer From a Bigger Firm?

Back in the day, advice emails were our bread and butter. Well, more like my esteemed former colleague Caleb Newquist’s bread and butter. He loved cranking them out while I really had to be in the right mood otherwise I’d end up telling some poor intern to go fuck themselves just because I could. The […]

These Colleges Have Cranked Out the Most Public Accounting Firm CEOs and Managing Partners (2020)

Now that INSIDE Public Accounting has released its latest ranking of the top public accounting firms in the nation by revenue, we thought we’d update a post from last year about which colleges and universities have graduated the most firm CEOs, chairmen, and managing partners. As we did last year, we looked at IPA’s most […]

Learn How to Make Financial Forecasting as Easy as Finding Your Favorite Pair of Socks

Hey guys, do me a quick favor. Clear off all those empty Dunkin cups, doughnut crumbs, crumpled up Post-It Notes, old pens that ran out of ink, and that Xbox controller off your coffee-stained desk calendar, find the block for Thursday, Aug. 27, and write in “Webinar, 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.” Because who couldn’t […]

How’s Your Remote Plan Going? What Worked and What Didn’t? It’s Time to Move Forward

Hey there, denizens of Going Concern. If you are a managing partner or lead an HR department, please take the 2020 Anytime, Anywhere Work (ATAWW) Survey hosted by ConvergenceCoaching LLC. This survey will be used to identify trends on how accounting and consulting firms are handling the ongoing shift, as well as the overnight transition, to […]

When This Accounting Firm Touts Its Work/Life Balance, You Should Listen

During the nearly 11-year history of Going Concern, we’ve been cynical about a lot of things in public accounting but maybe none more so than when firms talk about how great their work/life balance is.  The Big 4 and the top midtier firms paint a rosy picture of how wonderful they treat their thousands of […]

How COVID-19 Warped Us Five Years Into the Future—And What That Means for Your Accounting or Finance Career

Tom Brady was a Patriot. The only “Tiger King” was Tony, and he was grrrrrr-eat! And hand sanitizer was just worth its weight in, well, hand sanitizer. All of these things were true at the end of 2019, and that was less than half a year ago. So why does it feel like another lifetime? […]

Summer Internship Roundup 2020: Everyone’s Gone Virtual

[Updated on May 25 with additional information about BDO USA.] For every 20 to 25 tips we receive about layoffs and pay cuts at public accounting firms during the COVID-19 pandemic, we get one about some firm’s virtual extravaganza being offered to summer interns this year. Yep, virtual. None of that worthwhile public accounting experience, […]

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Causing Many Accountants (and a Whole Lot of Consultants) to Freak Out About Losing Their Jobs

OK, let’s talk about layoffs and accountants. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting dumpster fire that is the U.S. economy has quite a few capital market servants worried about losing their jobs. And some have taken to sites like Fishbowl and Reddit to voice their concerns. The thing is, nobody knows what’s going to happen. […]

Tips For Working From Home From Experts In the No-Pants Lifestyle

Hi there, Going Concern faithful. How is everyone? Hanging in there? I hope so. So look. Bramwell and I realized the other day that you guys new to regular work from home (WFH) — which is pretty much most of you — might need some tips on how to stay sane. Not that either of […]

Get Off Nintendo Switch and Earn Some CPE While You’re Working From Home

If you work for any of the 40 accounting firms we’ve confirmed are on mandatory work-from-home policies as of publication time, chances are you won’t be attending professional conferences anytime soon. Lucky for you our friends at Workiva have set up a virtual, two-day conference (that you can score CPE for attending!) that kicks off […]

Dear Summer Interns, Your Offer Is (Probably) Gonna Be OK

I’ve noticed a few “I’m supposed to do a summer internship for [insert Big 4 firm here], will Coronavirus affect my offer?” posts on Reddit lately so I figured we should probably address the issue. I apologize in advance for all the COVID-19 coverage around here, it’s the most exciting thing to happen since we […]

Busy Season Problems: COVID-19 vs. April 15, No Psychic Powers, IRS Hang-Ups

Got a busy season problem? First, put on some hand sanitizer. Then email us at tips@goingconcern.com with “Busy Season Problems” in the subject line. Or you can text us at (202) 505-8885. News broke yesterday evening that the Treasury Department was seriously considering pushing back the April 15 filing deadline because of the coronavirus outbreak […]

The Coronavirus Panic Is a Perfect Opportunity to Discuss Why We Need Better Work-From-Home Policies

So I’ve been sick lately. I never get sick. In fact, I pride myself on this. I imagine it has something to do with the fact that I spent over a decade of my life in San Francisco being exposed to Lord knows what cooties live in BART seats. I am to not getting sick […]

Busy Season Problems: Sleep Deprivation, Where’s My Wallet?, Daylight Saving Time Blues

Got a busy season problem? We want to hear all about it. Email us at tips@goingconcern.com with “Busy Season Problems” in the subject line. Or you can text us at (202) 505-8885. We have officially reached the point in busy season where our friends in tax are exhausted, cranky, and can’t distinguish between dreams and […]

Busy Season Problems: Quick Client Questions, Annoying Train Whistles, Autocorrect Fails

Got a busy season problem? Don’t be shy. Email us at tips@goingconcern.com with “Busy Season Problems” in the subject line. Or you can text us at (202) 505-8885. It’s been exactly one month since tax season 2020 began. So let’s check in and see how busy season is treating our friends in tax so far: […]

Yes, You Can Quit During Busy Season

Nearly 10 years ago to the day (10 years and one day, specifically), my esteemed former colleague Caleb Newquist wrote a post for this here then-new website entitled Infuriating Problem of the Day: Accountants Quitting During Busy Season. It’s important to note here that Caleb is former Big 4 himself (borderline debatable given he worked […]

Just How Difficult Is It to Break Into Accounting As a Second Career?

Around these parts we focus heavily on the “traditional” accounting track of school, degree, Big 4 job, CPA exam, and exit to greener pastures, usually in that order. It’s how it’s always been and likely how it always will be because as we know, it’s Big 4 or nothing in the world of accounting. We’re […]

Accounting Managers Apparently Have One of the Best Jobs In the U.S.

It’s that time of year again when Glassdoor extolls the virtues of being a data scientist, devops engineer, and product manager in its annual list of the 50 best jobs in America. Once upon a time, audit manager made this list, which left Adrienne scratching her head. This seems to mostly apply to industry rather […]

The First Interns of the Decade Have Officially Been Released Into the Wild

As anyone with a calendar is more than aware, it’s a new year, meaning winter internships are well underway in this little corner of the financial world. Trust that we’ll be monitoring the usual channels closer than ever on the hunt for major screw-ups, embarrassing photo ops, or, say, a highly condensed schedule of errands […]

Here Is a Chart of What You Are Doing to Piss Off Your Colleagues at Work

Take down that Bernie 2020 sign from your cubicle wall, stop streaming The Masters on your computer, put in some AirPods, and watch your language, asshole, because you’re irritating your co-workers, according to a new survey from Accountemps. The good news is your fellow accountants aren’t as annoyed by your tats, nose ring, and fuchsia […]

Here’s a Work-Life Balance Idea: Hangover Days

Over the years there has been much hand-wringing on the part of accounting firms when it comes to offering perks to retain top talent, a large chunk of which has been documented on these here pages. From flexible vacation to (ugh) ping-pong tables, entire firm departments have wasted countless hours coming up with ideas they […]

Listicle of the Day: Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work In 2020

So far today, I’ve received at least three emails letting me know that Glassdoor just came out with its ranking of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2020. And for most of the day, I ignored them. But curiosity got the best of me, and I took a look at the list to see […]

Be Thankful For These Learning Resources This Thanksgiving

Hi there, you little turkeys. While you cower in the bathroom to avoid making eye contact with your creepy uncle Dan we’re here to give you some learning resources from our friends at Alteryx. Look, it beats trying to explain to your grandma for the 100th time why you became an accountant and not a […]

Listicle of the Day: Best Accounting Firms For Working Dads

If you read our article in September about the public accounting firms that made Working Mother’s 100 best companies for 2019, you could surmise that those same firms were also included in Working Mother’s list of the 50 best companies for dads. And you would be right (except for you, BDO). For its second annual […]

Here Comes the Stupid Advice For Employers on How to Attract ‘Zoomers’

Well, we knew this day would come. I mean, it was inevitable what with the oldest millennials (myself included, depending on who you ask) turning 40 soon. There was only so long The Olds could continue speaking about millennials as if they are some baffling force fueled by Cap’n Crunch and cellphone radiation, but now […]

Survey: 1 In 10 Professionals Say They Never Go to Work Sick, Are Full of Crap

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never known a person who hasn’t come to work sick. Not that I condone it or think you should. The last thing you need is a colleague spreading germs by hacking up a lung in your face. But for one reason or another, we’ve all done it […]

How Accounting and Finance Professionals Can Use Data to Gain Superpowers

You read that right—when FP&A, accounting, tax, and audit professionals can proficiently read, work with, analyze, and argue with data, they gain superpowers. These powers give you the abilities to complete tasks with incredible speed, make decisions driven by uncanny wisdom, unleash spectacular results for clients, and ultimately gain an astonishing edge on your competitors. […]

2020 Accounting Internship Programs, Ranked

Did anyone else notice that Vault released its 2020 accounting firm rankings and accounting internship program rankings on the two biggest tax days of the year? The Vault Accounting 50 almost always comes out on April 15, and its latest ranking of the best accounting internships came out on Oct. 15. Coincidence? Probably … or […]

Get Dialed In for Busy Season 2020 with These Remote Tax Prep Jobs

Winter is coming, as is Tax Season 2020. The folks at 1-800Accountant don’t want to see tax professionals left out in the cold, not putting their tax preparation skills to good use during busy season. So, the firm is looking to hire between 40 and 50 people nationwide to fill its remote seasonal tax preparer […]

Dear Hiring Managers, Lower Your Standards or STFU About How Hard It Is To Find Top Talent

There’s a delicious rant blowing up on /r/accounting I wanted to share with you all on this fine Wednesday because A) it’s hilarious and B) I’m fairly certain a good 99% of you can relate to OP’s frustrations. Screw the pleasantries, let’s jump right in. Accounting student rant. (Soft skills, brand building, *vomit*) from r/Accounting […]

Let’s Discuss: How Often You Cry at Work

And we don’t mean crying tears of joy after you put in your two weeks at [INSERT NAME OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM HERE] because you accepted a job in industry. More than 8 in 10 workers admit to crying at work, with almost half of those saying they were driven to tears because of their […]

AICPA Report: Accounting Firms Just Aren’t Hiring Accounting Grads Like They Used To

The latest Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits report came out this week, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been anxiously waiting two whole years for it. I mean, I didn’t save the date or anything, but all of us around here have been […]

The AICPA Is Getting Serious About This Protecting Your License Thing, You Guys

On the heels of a plan to evaluate licensure rules which was met by some criticism last month, the AICPA and NASBA have announced a new coalition to make sure those troublesome lawmakers of ours don’t go running around letting any idiot with a pulse perform the intricate task of professional accounting. As we already […]

Hey Accountants, We’ve Found Your Productivity Sweet Spot

You’re three sips into your grande double shot as you pull into a desolate, jet black parking lot. By the time you hear footsteps walk through your office hallway, you’re an hour deep into next week’s big project. You are Monday’s early-morning warrior—an anomaly in today’s ever-changing accounting landscape. Right?  Nah, sorry. Being an early […]

TIL: There’s a Ranking of the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms

The editors at Construction Executive must have been desperate to fill their editorial calendar for 2019 because the trade magazine just came out with its inaugural ranking of the top 50 accounting firms that provide services to construction clients. Here’s all the work Construction Executive did to come up with its first-ever accounting firm listicle: […]

Survey: Accountants Are Absolutely F*cking Miserable at Work

When we talk about the miserable working conditions in public accounting, we’re usually referring to the long hours because let’s be real, it’s low hanging fruit when it comes to complaints. One thing we haven’t spent nearly enough time discussing is another pervasive issue in the accounting workplace: shitty ass colleagues. Enter the Chartered Accountants […]

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Why Growing Companies Desperately Need People With Your Accounting Background

With companies relying more on artificial intelligence and cloud-based technology, there’s been a trending doomsday buzz about the stability of the accounting profession heading into the next decade. But put down those Morpheus blinders for just a minute and take a deep breath. We’ve got some good news for you flesh-and-blood number-crunchers: Now more than […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: So You Put in Your Two Weeks, Now What?

Early on in this series, we covered the first steps to take before quitting your job in public accounting. You brushed up your dusty-ass resume, connected with those obnoxious recruiters on LinkedIn you’ve been dodging since your first days in public, and gently massaged any and all connections you’ve made going back to your Accounting […]

College Students Would Rather Work at Walt Disney World Than at the Big 4

There was a time when the Big 4 used to dominate the top 10 companies in the business category of Universum’s list of the 100 most attractive employers for U.S. college students. But not so much anymore. In 2017’s ranking, only two Big 4 firms made the top 10 (EY at No. 8 and Deloitte […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: The Art of Saying Goodbye to Your Crappy Old Job

As we’ve progressed in this series about quitting your terrible public accounting job and moving on to bigger and better things, I’ve looked forward to this post more than any of the others. Why? Because we have collected some funny-ass farewell emails over the years and I relish any and every opportunity to share them […]

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Accounting in 2040: 4 Ways the Industry Will (Probably) Change in 20 Years

What will the accounting industry look like in 2040? Will Skynet launch a nuclear apocalypse, leaving robots to inherit Earth’s charred, radioactive remains, or will it just ruin the Terminator franchise with unnecessary and confusing reboots? Will accountants be plugged into a giant matrix, their bioelectricity used to power evil machine overlords, even though a […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: Job Searching While Still on the Job

Welcome back to Get Me the Fuck Out of Here, our series on getting the hell out of your horrible public accounting job and into that greener grass on the other side. So far we’ve covered getting your resume in order and whether or not you should find a job before you leave your current […]

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Experts: Kids These Days Don’t Give a Shit About Making Partner

Over the years, we’ve written countless articles mocking the paranoia constantly brewing in the accounting profession over [insert threat here]. Usually it’s robots coming to take your jobs or “something something millennials,” and although we’re happy to rip on Alex Jones fanbase-level fear over threats real, imagined, and/or exaggerated, there is often a smidge of […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: To Job or Not to Job Before Leaving Your Public Accounting Job

Last week, we talked about first steps for quitting your job in public accounting. The TL;DR of it is 1) decide you’re going to leave before you do something you might regret like punching your partner in the balls, and 2) get your resume ready. Alright, so let’s assume you’re ready to leave and you […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q2 2019

A lot of us at Going Concern would’ve rather been chained up in the dungeon with Tyrion Lannister instead watching last weekend’s “Game of Thrones” finale. But we’d prefer just about anything over being trapped in the figurative dungeon of boring, thankless accounting jobs. Here’s something that’s more omg-so-awesome “Breaking Bad” finale than fade-to-black “Sopranos” […]

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He Made the American Dream Real: From Foreign Lands to Big 4 Auditor to a Leader at an Advisory Firm

Does your accounting job have you trapped in an accrual world? Do you ever want to ditch it all and travel down a different career path? You could go back to school to become an orthopedic surgeon, but then you’d have to re-learn the phases of mitosis. You could be an English teacher, but that […]

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Get Me the F*ck Out of Here: First Steps For Quitting Your Job In Public Accounting

A year ago, our contributor Megan Lewczyk (what the hell happened to her, anyway? Megan, send a smoke signal if you’re OK) wrote a field guide to quitting your job in public accounting. Unlike many of the articles we pour our hearts and souls into around here, it was well-received, and even after all this […]

Which Big 4 Firm Is Paying Its Interns the Most?

Summer internship season is fast approaching, as thousands of bright-eyed young men and women will soon flood accounting firms all over the country, hoping to not have their wills crushed and not screw up too badly so they receive a full-time offer of employment. But what are these eager ladies and gents getting paid to […]

KPMG Gets Another Award For Being the Big 4 Firm That Is the Least Old, Male, and Pale

Did you guys see DiversityInc’s 2019 ranking of the top 50 companies for diversity? In past years, there’s been most, if not all, of the Big 4 represented. But not recently. Only one Big 4 firm made the list in 2018 and 2019, and that firm is KPMG. Maybe KPMG nearly sweeping Vault’s 2020 accounting […]

Big 4 Shut Out of Working Mother’s List of the Top 10 Companies For Multicultural Women

The Working Mother list of the top 50 companies for multicultural women came out last week, and I honestly didn’t realize this was a thing until I saw this self-congratulatory tweet from PwC while scrolling through Twitter this morning: PwC is proud to be named a 2019 @_WorkingMother_ Best Company for Multicultural Women! Learn more […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Become the Next National Taxpayer Advocate

The woman in the photo above is Nina Olson. She is the National Taxpayer Advocate. Olson has been the National Taxpayer Advocate since March 2001. But she will retire on July 31, 2019. Now you, tax guy or tax gal, can be the next National Taxpayer Advocate and write ridiculously long reports to Congress each […]

How New Accounting Grads Can Tune Up Their Diversity BS Detectors

How can CPA firms be so white and male when they’re so dedicated to diversity? Look at any firm’s career site and you’ll see a carefully written commitment to diversity. Read enough of them and you’ll soon realize that diversity statements all sound the same. The profession can’t even come up with diverse ways to […]

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Survey: Accountants Want to Spend As Little Time In the Office As Humanly Possible This Summer

Here’s something that Adrienne and I are completely in agreement with: In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (52 percent) and early departure on Fridays (27 percent). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-four percent of senior managers […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Highest-Paying Cities Don’t Give Accountants the Most Bang for Their Buck

Last week, we perused a report from AdvisorSmith on the 50 best U.S. cities in which accountants can pursue their careers and gave you the top 25. Two of the variables used by AdvisorSmith for its ranking were average annual accounting salaries per city and cost of living, so let’s focus on those today. Using […]

Best Cities to Find a Job and Raise Your Little Accountants

Through the years, we’ve done several “Best Cities for Accounting Jobs” articles. We think they are pretty worthwhile, especially for those of you youngins who are looking to get your foot in the door and want to live and work in the hustle and bustle of a big city. Or maybe you want to work […]

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Here’s Another Article Advising Dumb-Ass Old People On How to Talk to the Youths at Work

Welcome back to another installment of “GC Shits on Legitimate Accounting Publications For Writing Stupid Advice.” I’m your host Adrienne. In today’s episode, we’re going to destroy this recent Journal of Accountancy article about how to improve cross-generational communication in a professional setting. Now that Generation Z has entered the workforce, colleagues at a single […]

The Big 4 Will Stomp On Your Creativity Like a Grape

In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Nicola Mansfield talked about why she jumped ship from Deloitte Australia recently to become the managing director of Interbrand, a brand consulting firm owned by global advertising company Omnicom Group. Mansfield joined Deloitte in late 2015 after the Big 4 firm bought the brand and spatial design […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Forensic Accounting FTW

Happy Monday, gang. Today, we’re going to take a look at Vault’s 2020 ranking of the “Best Accounting Firms for Forensic Accounting.” We wanted to give some love to these number-crunching crime fighters who helped take down Paul Manafort and bust idiot celebrities who illegally tried to get their wannabe-celebrity children admitted into elite universities […]

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Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: KPMG Is the Diversitiest of the Big 4

We’ve given KPMG a lot of shit on this site recently, and rightly so. But we’re going to throw the House of Klynveld a bone today, as there’s some good news to report: KPMG nearly swept the diversity categories in Vault’s “Best Accounting Firms” rankings. Let’s not kid ourselves, though: The accounting profession is still […]

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3 Ways Millennials Changed the Accounting Industry with Technology

In the age of Instagram influencers and workplace beer gardens, millennials often get an unfair rap for communicating and working differently than their older office peers. While they may have grown up texting in lieu of talking and “dancing” with headphones at silent discos, like it or not, millennials are now the largest and most […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Culture, Leadership, Relationships with Supervisors, and Work/Life Balance

Hey, guys. Hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. As you know, Mondays after a holiday weekend suck, especially if you hate your job. But there are accounting professionals out there who were probably champing at the bit to come to work today because they actually enjoy being there and being around their […]

Vault 2020 Firm Rankings: Benefits, Comp, Vacation, and Promotion Policies

Earlier this week, we wrote about PwC’s continued dominance on Vault’s Accounting 50 and most prestigious firm rankings. Today, we’re going to focus on four of the 18 “quality of life” rankings that fall under Vault’s latest “Best Accounting Firms to Work For” section. And these four categories are near and dear to your heart: […]

You’ll Have to Pry Vault’s ‘Most Prestigious Firm’ Title Out of PwC’s Cold, Dead Hands

A little while ago, we told you how PwC locked down the top spot in Vault’s 2020 Accounting 50—the seventh consecutive year the firm has been ranked No. 1.  But believe it or not, this isn’t the longest win streak P. Dubs has going when it comes to Vault’s rankings. Even though the House of […]

PwC Once Again Tops Vault Accounting 50 (2020)

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at GC HQ when our friends at Vault put out their yearly rankings of the top accounting firms in the U.S. in several categories. But for now, we’re going to focus on the overall top 50 ranking. The No. 1 firm in the U.S. for 2020, […]

Compensation Watch ’19: Tax Professionals

Hey there, tax jockeys. How’s your Wednesday been so far? Feeling less whiny today? Good. We have some new salary data to share with you, from the folks over at Korn Ferry, that might be of interest. The management consulting firm dug deep into its pay database, did some math, punched some buttons, and came […]

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This Forbes Columnist Thinks You’re All a Bunch of Whiny B*tches

If you read Forbes contributor Peter J. Reilly’s recent post entitled Advice For The Looming Tax Deadline – No Fooling, you easily could have missed the jab at the end toward all you whiny losers complaining about how hard tax season is. I could waste a lot of characters here describing it, but you know […]

Big 4 Calling On All Blockchain Nerds to Come Nerd Out At Their Firms

From CoinDesk: “Big Four” professional consulting firms Deloitte, KPMG and EY are all in the top five when it comes to posting blockchain job ads, according to new data from Indeed.com. The employment site released its latest figures for job postings relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency and bitcoin in the U.S. on Thursday, with the data covering […]

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Why Is Aprio the Only Top 100 CPA Firm with a Non-Traditional Name?

There’s no easier way to put it: Most top accounting firms do it by the book. Even with the complication of buyouts and mergers, top 100 CPA firms have historically been named after founders. In fact, some states even require it—solidifying a tradition that many partners still prefer. That’s why when Habif, Arogeti & Wynne […]

Busy Season Problems: Moms (Usually) Just Don’t Understand

This week’s BSP is dedicated to all the Moms out there who still have no idea why you hardly call between late January to mid-April, why you’re working all day on a Saturday, why you look malnourished, and why you have bags under your eyes. my mom calls me: hi! how’s tax season going? are […]

Busy Season Problems: No Highlighters, Please; Clients Ignoring Portals; Bad Takeout Food

So we kinda slacked off on doing posts on busy season problems this tax season. Sorry ’bout that. But it seems like there hasn’t been as much venting on Twitter this year as in past years. However, now that there’s less than a month left until Tax Day, patience might start to wear thin, so […]

Accounting Firm Discovers One Weird Trick to Save on Rent, Landlords Hate Them

It’s no secret that public accounting comes with long hours. Maybe not as grueling as, say, working on an Alaskan fishing boat, but long nonetheless. In some ways it’s a commonly-understood dirty little secret; everyone expects it but recruiters don’t like to talk about it. Maybe that’s why we found this blog post by Texas […]

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Attn Miserable Cube-Dwellers: Check Out This Job Posting

So before we get into this job posting, we’re obligated probably by law and definitely by our dubious moral code to inform you that this is a sponsored post. Sponsored in that money was exchanged to make sure we got this job listing in front of y’all, but it has been written by yours truly […]

Busy Season Problems: People Are Flipping Out Over Their Small Tax Refunds

You guys have probably seen or heard that as of Feb. 8, the average tax refund was $1,949, down 8.7% compared to the first two weeks of tax season last year. And you’ve probably seen or heard that economists and tax experts are saying it’s way too early to start rioting in the streets, as […]

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A Day in the Life: Accounting Manager at Stack Overflow

OK, so it has been waaaaaay too long since we gave you a day in the life of someone who isn’t slaving away at the Big 4. Nearly two years, actually. Sorry about that. It was this idea I had back in 2017 that never really took off because trying to track down accountants with […]

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Let’s Talk About F*cking Your Coworkers

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Whether you’re single, attached, or too busy to give a crap about getting laid, today is all about love. Or at least that’s what Hallmark wants us to believe. Given the fact that love is on everyone’s minds this week, the following article from the NASBA Center for Public Trust couldn’t […]

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Are Financial Barriers to Entry Keeping Low-Income People Out of the Profession?

You may not know this but I grew up po’. Not “sorry, Adrienne, you won’t be getting a new bike for your birthday” po’, but “sorry, Adrienne, Santa won’t be coming at all this year, deal with it” po’. The child of a hardworking single mother, I learned pretty early on how to make box […]

Why Accounting Is the Key to Expanding the Digital Nomad Movement

Getting paid to sit on a beach in Tahiti or ski a few runs at Whistler Mountain might sound a little too good to be true—if it were 2004. But with the power of reliable Wi-Fi and a trusty laptop, the age-old idea that traveling the world while earning a living is only a fantasy […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q1 2019

Protip: In the classic PC and NES game Maniac Mansion, you can escape the dungeon by pressing a loose brick in the wall. The door only opens for a few seconds though, so you’ll have to hustle to make it out in time. That’s great advice for video games but pretty useless if you’re stuck in […]

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Should Cryptocurrency Consulting Be the Next Phase in Your Accounting Career?

Think the hype over cryptocurrency has reached its fever pitch? Think again—the crypto craze has only just begun. Businesses are increasingly viewing cryptocurrency as a viable investment. New tokens are gaining steam, and Bitcoin, the OG crypto cash, continues to trade at a frenzied pace. More than 200,000 Bitcoin transactions occur every day, and investors like […]

Mastering Data Analytics Can Make You a More Valuable Accountant

What can you do to make yourself more valuable to your organization? If you’re an accountant or if you work on a corporate finance team, becoming a master in data analysis is a big step forward. But why? And what does data analytics have to do with accounting? Accountants use data analytics to help businesses […]

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3 Reasons Why Accountants Should Move to an Advisory Job

Today’s businesses are increasingly looking to their accounting firms for services beyond accounting, auditing, and compliance. They want a true advisor—someone to help guide their financial future and evaluate all different types of transactions. This has created an opportunity for today’s accountants, one that some will find alluring, provocative, and potentially lucrative. But for many, […]

Some of Our Favorite Accounting People Put a Bow on 2018 and Talk Robots in 2019

As you guys know, the editorial team at Going Concern has no shortage of opinions. But this year, we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to hear from professionals who we consider to be influencers in the accounting profession. Or maybe we’re a fan of their contributions to the industry, or maybe […]

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Oh Hey, We Found the Absolute Worst Partner in All of Public Accounting Right Here

I wasn’t gonna write anything today and I definitely wasn’t going to write up something I found on Reddit, but when I spotted this post on r/accounting, you know I just had to. I’m passionate about two things when it comes to content on this website: cats and creeper dudes who can’t keep it in […]

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3 Reasons You Should Look Beyond the Big 4 for a Transaction Advisory Accounting Job

Needless to say, the Big 4 firms offer great opportunities across nearly every accounting-related career path. But for those with audit and/or tax experience seeking a job in a transaction advisory role, or those already working in transaction advisory who are looking for a change, there are plenty of midsize firms that can offer comparable—if […]

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People Are Talking About You at Work, Here’s How to Shut Their Big Fat Mouths

Office gossip, it’s the worst, amirite? You know what else is the worst? Jason Bramwell’s secret Louboutin collection. I heard from Liz in marketing that he rocks those size 13 stilettos like no one’s business when his wife isn’t watching. True story. OK, that isn’t true and Liz never said that. But that’s how easy […]

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Heads Up Future CPAs, TPTB Are Considering Testing Your Competency in Tech

Although this news is unlikely to affect anyone currently studying for the CPA exam, the potential impact on future accounting majors cannot be ignored. From the Journal of Accountancy: A working group formed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA is exploring possible changes to the CPA licensure requirements […]

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The Advantages of Being an Accountant at a ‘Best Employer for Diversity’

Around the country, companies are making concerted efforts to diversify their workforces across physical ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age. But many businesses aren’t limiting their diversity efforts to simply hiring more minorities. They’re striving to change the culture, creating workplaces where all employees feel valued and safe, and everyone can compete for promotions, […]

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Escaping the Dungeon: The Hottest Accounting Jobs for Q4 2018

It’s time for another edition of Escaping the Dungeon. If you’re working at one of the Big 4 or another public accounting firm, chained to your desk for 60 to 80 hours a week, performing menial tasks for clients you’ve never met and never will meet—these jobs are for you. This quarter’s job list is […]

The Good News Is Robots Won’t Take Your Job, the Bad News Is When They Do They’ll Be Like Interns

We’ve been talking about robots taking your jobs for years now, always coming to the same conclusion that AI won’t make skilled CPAs, auditors, and other higher-level accounting professionals redundant. Phil the bookkeeper who has been doing taxes out of a beauty salon backroom in a podunk strip mall may not be so lucky, but […]

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U.S. Expat Tax Accountants: Don’t Work From Home. Work From Anywhere.

Like everyone else in the accounting industry, U.S. expat tax accountants are going remote. A 2017 report found that 3.9 million Americans spend at least half their time working from home. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But working from home is old school. The next step is working from anywhere, crossing […]

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University of Michigan to Ex-KPMG Recruiter: ‘Keep Your Horny Ass Off Campus’

Last month, we met Scott Vetere, a 39-year-old father of three from Michigan who made a name for himself in collegiate sports in the late ’90s and early 2000s before that legacy was trumped by a series of poor choices and a little bit of hot car sex this year. In case you need a […]

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Should Accountants Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

Financial disciplines have long been the first thought-of areas where technology like artificial intelligence will cause dramatic disruption and upend entire ways of thinking. Accountancy is certainly no different from others in the finance umbrella, and we continue to see headlines explaining Why Artificial Intelligence is the Future of Accounting.  In many ways, the AI […]