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December 6, 2022

Partners Corner

Partners Corner is a collection of articles, news items, and intel of particular value to accounting firm partners and decision makers. Want to know what’s happening in the accounting industry without the excess of bathroom humor and naughty words Going Concern is notorious for? This is your spot. Think of it like eavesdropping on what your subordinates are saying and thinking. Need to get some ideas for retaining staff don’t include pizza parties? Check here. Please contact Going Concern editors with suggestions of articles you’d like to see if it’s something we haven’t covered yet.

Friday Footnotes: The Joys of Accounting; Big Data; Empowered! | 1.17.20

‘Friendly Competitors’ Merge To Form New Boutique CPA Firm [The Newtown Bee] Two local companies whose principles all trained at several of the nation’s most prestigious accounting firms — and who always described themselves as “friendly competitors” — recently merged to form a new and expanded boutique enterprise that local individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can […]

Friday Footnotes: KPMG Gets a Reprieve; PwC’s Crypto Bet; Burned-Out CPA Chills Out | 1.10.20

A Houston CPA felt a slow-burning burnout, so she traded skyscrapers for sled dogs [Houston Chronicle] It was time for Anastasia Gill to leave Houston. As a certified public accountant for two major accounting firms since her late-20s, she felt that creeping, desperate feeling of burnout settling in. “Both were really stressful jobs. I would […]

How Self-Service Analytics Will Boost Your Accounting or Finance Career In 2020

In 2020, self-service analytics could be the superpowered accelerator your accounting or finance career needs to get to the next level. Ten years from now, if you were to look back at your career like it was a superhero movie (and you will, of course—our Disney overlords will require it), everything before self-service analytics will […]

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Friday Footnotes: Big 4’s Tech Push; An Audit Fix?; Best Cities For Accountants | 1.3.20

The Best Cities in America For Accountants [Blackline Magazine] Oof this intro graf tho: “Accounting jobs are typically classified as a safe option for those looking to enter an industry that will maintain a steady stream of demand and plenty of opportunities to grow. Right around tax season, everyone is looking for an accountant, and […]

Friday Footnotes: Which Big School Tops CPA Exam Lists?; PCAOB Goals; Big 4s Say FINE | 12.27.19

Ed. note: Welcome to the final Friday Footnotes of the decade! We hope you enjoy these weekly wrap-ups of news around the profession we found noteworthy. As always, if you have a suggestion for a story you think we should share with the class, give us a shout. Happy New Year! -AG BYU is tops […]

Friday Footnotes: Are Accounting Students Prepared?; New CPE Rules; Blockchain Blah Blah Blah | 12.20.19

Regarding CPA Exam Performance and the Accounting Curriculum [The CPA Journal] A letter to the editor from a professor at Iona College reads: “In the end, I think too much emphasis is placed on pass rates and average scores, rather than the simple question of whether the students pass the exam in a reasonable period. […]

Friday Footnotes: The CPA Is A-Changin’; Audits Still Suck; CPA.com’s New Partner | 12.13.19

Proposed CPA licensure model emphasizes core plus disciplines [Journal of Accountancy] A newly proposed CPA licensure model developed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA is designed to help newly licensed CPAs learn the skills and competencies they will need in the workplace of the future. The draft licensure […]

5 Times Modern Analytics Saved the Day In Accounting and Finance

Around the world and at businesses of every size, accounting and finance professionals are seizing the opportunity to make analytics their ultimate sidekick. Where there’s Batman, there’s a Batmobile—and for these folks, where there’s accounting and finance, there’s a custom-built, mega machine of a platform to assist in the day’s activities. Modern analytics is all […]

An Interview with a Paperless Practitioner Doing Things Her Way

Welcome back to the second in our series of interviews with Gusto partners who just so happen to be doing some pretty cool things out there in the exciting world of accounting. In case you missed the last one, we introduced you to Bruce Phillips of Aprio Cloud, all while extolling the virtues of payroll […]

Friday Footnotes: PwC DC; Microsoft’s KPMG Deal; Do You Even Bitcoin Bro? | 12.6.19

Shh! Companies Are Fixing Accounting Errors Quietly [WSJ] Filed under: things y’all probably already know. BDO USA, LLP NAMES KELLY JOHNSON AS BOARD CHAIR; FOUR PARTNERS ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS [BDO] WHY ARE YOU YELLING. PwC will consolidate as many as 1,700 jobs to DC [WTOP] Big professional services and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has […]

Friday Footnotes: FASB Changing It Up; IRS Now Hiring; KPMG Fights Its Bad Rep | 11.29.19

Ed. note: welcome to a special Black Friday edition of Friday Footnotes. Special because ain’t shit going on so this will be short. We’ll be back to your regularly-scheduled programming come Monday. From me, Bramwell, the silent TPTB and everyone else at the Going Concern team, Happy Thanksgiving! -AG FASB proposes changes aimed at improving […]

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 […]

Friday Footnotes: Accountants Exposed; EY’s ‘Sham’ Study; A Word About Robots | 11.22.19

Security lapse exposes personal data of 6,500 Singapore accountants [ZDNet] A folder containing personal data of 6,541 accountants in Singapore was “inadvertently” sent to multiple parties, in a security lapse that was uncovered only months after, when it implemented an email protection tool as part of a government-wide deployment. The incident exposed personal details such […]

How Analytics and Chicken Sandwiches Can Put Time Back In Tax Professionals’ Days

The Chicken Sandwich War of 2019 was such an emotional firestorm, decorum prevents us from officially weighing in on the suddenly critical debate of which fast-food chain offers the best fried chicken sandwich (but seriously, it’s Chick-fil-A). We can, however, declare a winner in a different war, this time without the use of tongue-in-cheek parentheticals. […]

An Interview with an Accounting Firm Managing Partner Who Likes Sleep as Much as We Do

If you asked small business owners what it’s like to process payroll (or onboard employees, or set up insurance, or, well you get the hint), you would probably hear it described as “dull,” “time-consuming,” and “a big pain in the butt.” But what if payroll was actually “awesome,” “easy,” and “quick?” Shocking concept, we know. […]

Friday Footnotes: Subprime Accounting Magic; A Street Fighting Number-Cruncher; FASB Gets Busy | 11.15.19

Calibre CPA Group, Notice of Data Privacy Event [PR Newswire] Clients of Bethesda-based Calibre CPA Group, consider yourselves warned that the haxz0rs may have your personal information. In Hong Kong, an accountant by day becomes street fighter by night [Washington Post] “We have started to realize we need to arm ourselves. We are in a […]

Friday Footnotes: Deloitte Tightens Its Belt; KPMG Kuts; Square Gets Square With the SEC | 11.8.19

Maryland Association of CPAs CEO and Going Concern favorite Tom Hood has been chosen as one of Maryland’s most admired CEOs [Daily Record] Go Tom! Deloitte Private to be cut amid low profit, low growth [Financial Review] Big four consulting firm Deloitte is set to dissolve one of its six business units, Deloitte Private, an […]

Friday Footnotes: Don’t Go Nuts at PwC; Bullied KPMGers’ Fresh Start; Best Firms For the Youths | 11.1.19

KPMG duo who quit amid bullying fallout make senior hires at new firm [Financial News] Two ex-KPMG partners, who set up their own consultancy after leaving the Big Four accounting firm over its handling of complaints of bullying, have lured two former executives from their old employer to the new venture. Maggie Brereton and Ina […]

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Friday Footnotes: Firm Moves; PwC’s Future-Ready Workforce; KPMG Gets Sneaky | 10.25.19

PwC and EY accused of complicity in Thomas Cook collapse [FT] MPs have accused two of the UK’s Big Four accounting groups of being “complicit” in the failure of Thomas Cook, slamming one, the travel group’s former auditor PwC, over an alleged conflict of interest in its pay advice to executives. Cases against EY and […]

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. […]

Friday Footnotes: Accounting For Robots; KPMG Partners Get Bitten; EY Law Gets Cred | 10.18.19

Art of Accounting: Lessening compression oppression [Accounting Today] A big problem for almost every accounting practice is the tax season workload compression. It is what it is, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some suggestions on how to pull work out of tax season and push it into November and December to better […]

Friday Footnotes: Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Fraud; PwC’s ‘Hipsturbia’; Busy Season Redux | 10.11.19

Warning Signs about the Future Supply of Accounting Graduates [The CPA Journal] At the ground level, something has gone wrong with student perceptions about the value of an accounting education. It may take a few years for this changed dynamic to show up in economy-wide reports, but that a new dynamic is underway is obvious […]

Friday Footnotes: Accounting for Speed Bumps; Name and Shame?; EY Called to Answer For Thomas Cook | 10.4.19

SBA settles for cents on the dollar with CPA who bankrolled City Hall deals that enriched Daley’s son [Chicago Sun Times] A venture capitalist who bankrolled City Hall deals that secretly benefited Patrick Daley while his father Richard M. Daley was mayor has agreed to a court settlement that will see him repay less than […]

Friday Footnotes: KPMG Switcheroo; Deloitte’s Gender Pay Problem; Death to The Big 4 Oligopoly | 9.27.19

KPMG switches 820 UK staff from advisory to audit [Financial Times] KPMG has moved 800 staff and about 20 partners from its advisory division into its audit department in preparation for a possible forced break-up. Any consultant who spends more than 10 per cent of their time advising auditors will now sit within the audit […]

Friday Footnotes: Me Too Too; CPA Cred Boosted; Why the F*ck Do Partners Get Paid Bank Despite Failings | 9.20.19

AICPA’s new forensic standard expected to boost CPA credibility on witness stand [Accounting Today] The American Institute of CPAs has a new forensic accounting standard due to take effect at the beginning of next year, and it promises to give CPAs a leg up in terms of their credibility in providing litigation support as expert […]

Friday Footnotes: KPMG Loves the Ladies; A Bad Payday; Deloitte Comes For PwC | 9.13.09

EY analysis: Audit committees increasing their disclosures to shareholders [Compliance Week] Subscriber only content but I’m sure it’s interesting. KPMG has 50% women on board [economia] Uh, good job I guess? Google will pay over $1 billion after French investigation over dodged taxes [The Verge] Google has agreed to pay a nearly $550 million fine […]

Friday Footnotes: Deloitte’s New Dope Deal; PwC BTC; The Robots Are Coming | 9.6.19

How an Agency You’ve Never Heard of Is Leaving the Economy at Risk [Project On Government Oversight] POGO writes a hit piece on the PCAOB. Vic.ai, AI platform for accountants, gets $11.2M Series A funding [Accounting Today] Accelerating the robot takeover. De Blasio proposes ‘robot tax’ to counter job losses from automation [The Hill] Speaking […]

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Friday Footnotes: CPA or Nothing; PwC Snitched?; When the Cloud Goes Down | 8.30.19

PwC accused of sharing confidential information [economia] Watchstone has accused PwC of “inducing breach of contract” and “unlawful means conspiracy” against the Big Four firm. The company claims that secret meetings with PwC, allegedly called for by Slater & Gordon, were arranged to share confidential information. Watchstone alleges that this was for the law firm […]

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Friday Footnotes: Big 4 Affiliates Dinged; Deloitte Finds a New Niche; Furbabies Have a CPA to Thank | 8.23.19

Accounting firm recovers Cryptopia records to help return funds to victims [Yahoo] Cryptopia hired the New Zealand-based arm of accounting firm Grant Thornton to sort out the mess. Today, the firm revealed that it got hold of the only remaining record of the funds held on the crypto exchange, which went into liquidation in May. […]

Friday Footnotes: EY’s Lost Bitcoin Problem; Deloitte Gets Snitched On; Armanino Gets a Mention | 8.16.19

Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein likely paid little in the way of taxes [CNBC] Because rich people are usually smarter than the poors when it comes to that stuff? A Big Four Audit Firm Lost $1 Million In Bitcoin. Victims Are Losing Patience [CoinDesk] The blunder occurred in February, and at the time, the lost bitcoin […]

Friday Footnotes: KPMG Pulls Out; Taxpayers Lose an Advocate; a Deloitte Let Down | 8.9.19

CannTrust says KPMG withdraws audit report [Reuters] Cannabis producer CannTrust Holdings Inc said on Friday its auditor KPMG LLP has withdrawn its report on the company’s financial statements for full-year 2018 and its interim report for the three month period ended March 31. KPMG’s decision was prompted after CannTrust cautioned against relying on its financial […]

Friday Footnotes: Fines, Fines, Fines; Team Deloitte Going For Gold; Party’s Over For One Fraudster | 8.2.19

Is Your Accountant a Wimp? [Entrepreneur] SLANDEROUS. Audit regulator fines PwC Mexico $100,000 for violating independence rules [MW] According to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, at least six of its partners had personal financial relationships with Banco Santander Mexico when PwC’s Mexico firm contracted to be the bank’s auditor for FY 2016. KPMG U.K. […]

Friday Footnotes: Cocaine and Hookers; Facebook Slapped By the SEC; PwC on AI | 7.26.19

Geeky accountant who stole £150,000 and blew it on cocaine and hookers told to pay back just £1 [The Sun] Carvill, 38, was jailed for 2½ years after admitting fraud. His sentencing hearing was told he’d been bullied for most of his life and suffers very low self-esteem. Accountants ordered to disclose information on personal […]

Friday Footnotes: FASB Foot-Dragging; Big 4 Babble; One Accountant’s Sweet Escape | 7.19.19

FASB to propose delaying effective dates for 4 major standards [Journal of Accountancy] FASB plans to propose delaying effective dates for four key standards for certain groups of financial statement preparers after a series of votes taken at a board meeting Wednesday. The plan to delay effective dates for certain companies for accounting for leases, […]

Friday Footnotes: Lady Taxes; Hunting For Talent; Which Big 4 Dominates Consulting? | 7.12.19

Where should you be looking for top accounting talent? [Accounting Today] Top accounting talent, like talent for many professional services, is in short supply these days. Accounting firms are competing ferociously to attract, land and retain the most talented and experienced employees to achieve and maintain a critical competitive edge in a highly competitive industry. […]

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Friday Footnotes: Big 4 Bullying; Auditor Gets Boned; Where My Girls At? | 7.5.19

Ed. note: Friday already? Yay! Here’s what you may have missed from around the Internets. If you’ve got a story to share, give us a shout. Have a wonderful weekend, you little lovelies you. KPMG’s Head of Deal Advisory steps down amid ‘bullying’ storm [Consultancy.uk] KPMG’s UK Head of Deal Advisory has stepped down to […]

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Friday Footnotes: A (Tax) God Among Men; A CPA Review-sary; CFO Gets Probed | 6.28.19

Ed. note: Hey look, Footnotes is back! Y’all old-timers may recall Footnotes as a wrap-up of industry news too boring or too esoteric to deserve its own post, but relevant none-the-less. In our ever-present desire to make sure you know the happenings of the profession despite your perpetual indifference, we’ve brought it back. Spot a […]

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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 […]

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4 Reasons the Accounting Firm Timesheet Must Evolve in 2019

It’s 4:45 on a Friday afternoon at Accounting Firm, USA. Fee earners are itching to start their weekends, but one final task remains. Before the happy hour beer taps can flow, before elated dogs (and disinterested cats) can greet their returning owners home, before the family can pile into the minivan and head out to […]

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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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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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 […]

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How Accounting Firm Aprio Helped an Employee Make Partner at 32

The road to making partner at an accounting firm is often a long one. It generally takes about 10 to 15 years for a CPA to get to partner, so most accountants won’t receive an offer until their late 30s or even early 40s–if they ever get one at all. But at some firms, fast […]

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How a Graduate Degree in Accounting Really Pays Off

You’ve decided that graduate school is the best way to bolster your resume, expand your career options, and, perhaps, move up the corporate ladder. Now what? The list of potential graduate degrees can seem intimidating – MAC, MBA, JD, MS, and more. How do you find the degree that makes sense to you financially and […]

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Midsize Firms Are Stepping Up Their International Game to Compete with the Big 4

Globalization has reached a saturation point. For small and midsize accounting firms, the question of expanding internationally is not one of if, but when. Many firms have responded to the challenge, creating international capabilities that in some ways equal or even surpass that of the Big 4. A world of opportunity A 2016 survey by […]

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Why a Top 50 CPA Firm Just Acquired a Cloud Accounting Firm

The march toward proliferation of cloud accounting across the industry has taken another step. To meet the growing demand by global clients for anytime, anywhere access to financial information, Aprio, LLP, a full-service, CPA-led business advisory firm, has entered into an agreement to acquire HPC, a technology-driven, cloud-based accounting firm with a global footprint. We […]

Why I Have a Strictly Remote Workforce

In 2012, I started an accounting firm, although I didn’t realize that I was starting an accounting firm at the time. I was merely working under contract for a few businesses in the New Orleans area; as I got busier, I started to add help, and voila, Aguillard Accounting was born.

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Controllers Say AI and Blockchain on the Cusp of Transforming SOX Compliance

When asked whether artificial intelligence and blockchain will play a role in accounting and finance teams’ Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts in the near future, Brian Christensen said, without hesitation, “Absolutely.” “The question is, how far down the road is that?” said Christensen, executive vice president of global internal audit and financial advisory at consulting firm Protiviti. […]

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How Xero Helped a Cloud Entrepreneur Get to His Daughter’s Dance Recital

Going Concern is partnering with Xero, the innovative cloud-based accounting platform for small businesses, accountants, and bookkeepers, to bring our readers content about entrepreneurs who are starting their own firms. We hope you enjoy and welcome your comments. Jay Kimelman has served many roles in his life. CPA. SAP FICO Specialist at Siemens. CFO of […]

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Controllers Talk About the Paths They’ve Taken Toward SOX Compliance

As we approach the “sweet sixteen” of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act later this summer, corporate controllers provided some perspective on how SOX compliance efforts have changed with the times and what challenges they continue to face. “I’ve seen quite a few SOX changes through the years and improvements to internal controls since the original COSO framework was […]

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How a Ridiculously Young Entrepreneur Grew His Cloud Accounting Firm

Going Concern is partnering with Xero, the innovative cloud-based accounting platform for small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers, to bring our readers content about entrepreneurs who are starting their own firms. We hope you enjoy and welcome your comments. Nick Pasquarosa is the type of guy you’d like to have a beer with. Speaking in a […]

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FloQast Founders on Competition, Accountants as Entrepreneurs, and How Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

As a freshman at Syracuse University, Chris Sluty knew his buddy and fellow Syracuse accounting major, Michael Whitmire, would start his own business one day. “I remember telling Mike, ‘Let me know when you start something, and I’ll be there,’” Sluty recalled. And Sluty was right. After they graduated from Syracuse in 2006, Whitmire went […]

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Why Does (and Why Should!) Data Analytics Matter to Accountants?

Successful accountants and business leaders who have mastered data analytics can provide unique insights, making them bigger assets to their organizations. “What do the numbers tell us?” “Let’s dig into the data!” “Can we analyze this in real-time?” It’s very likely that you’ve heard these expressions around the office. Big data. Data analytics. Data science. […]

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Four Strategies That Will Put You on the Partner Fast Track

About five years ago, we wrote an article on what it takes to get (and stay) on the partner track. TL;DR: you need to develop people skills, leadership skills, be proactive in finding new business, and play by the rules of the firm (DON’T pull a Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and go […]

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How One Firm Created a New Client Selection Model to Extinguish Employee Burnout

There are three types of accounting firm clients. Please forgive that previous sentence, which is absurdly reductive. Every client is different, and sorting them into three discrete groups only makes sense if you’re a blogger who wants to express a larger point about client selection that an accounting audience might find interesting. Which is what […]

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Five Ways That Accounting Knowledge Will Instantly Upgrade Your Business IQ

Business leaders who understand key accounting principles understand how money through their organizations, which, in turn, helps them make smarter decisions. Ever walked out of a meeting, or read a memo from the executive suite, and said to yourself “Why did they decide that?” Ever had an idea that you thought was great unceremoniously shot […]

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Are All Accounting Firms That Claim to Have Work/Life Balance Lying?

“Our firm provides great work/life balance.” How many times have you read that in a job description and thought, “Riiiiiiight”? Don’t worry, you’re not a cynical curmudgeon. Everyone thinks this. And that’s because EVERY firm says it in their job postings. To most accounting firms, “Work/life balance” equates to a casual Friday once a month. […]

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Here’s How Thrive Market Woke Up From Its Month-end Close Nightmare

Imagine a month-end close process in which the close checklist, reconciliation schedules, and general ledger are in three different places, making it a nightmare for management to know what’s ready for review, if mistakes had been made, and what deadlines had been missed. Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it? But that scenario used to be a reality […]

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Hard Questions on Client Service

The following sponsored content is by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Do you ever wonder what people outside your circle observe when they look at you? As a profession, if we really stepped back and reflected on our client service approach, what might we see about ourselves? One […]

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Leadership and Future-ready Accounting Firms: A Conversation with Joey Havens of Horne, LLP

The following conversation is sponsored by Horne, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Earlier this year, we spoke with Joey Havens, the managing partner of Horne, LLP about complacency in the accounting profession. Since then, Joey Havens has written about the accounting profession’s leadership and planning for the future. Or lack thereof. He’s here again to talk […]

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The Future of Remote Accounting Work with Bruce Phillips of HPC

Remote accounting work opportunities are rapidly increasing. And it’s a topic we are asked about almost every day. Where are the remote accounting opportunities? How do I know if a remote accounting job is right for me? What does the future landscape of remote accounting work look like? How do I build a remote firm? We […]

For Once, the Month-End Close Drives You to Drink for Fun

Please enjoy this sponsored content from FloQast. Join us on Thursday, May 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. for a happy hour panel discussion at the Stack Overflow office in New York City, where attendees can gain insight into best practices for managing the month-end close process. The panel will include accounting and finance executives […]

Are You Choosing to Be a Future Ready Firm?

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Is your firm future ready? Let’s define future ready as the capacity to be aware, predictive and adaptive of emerging trends, innovations and changes in business, population and the social environment. It is beyond agile due to […]

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Is There Anything Worse Than Busy Season? Yes, Performance Reviews

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Cancer, terrorists, undigested corn – all significantly worse than busy season. But what about within the confines of public accounting? Is there anything worse than busy season? Yes, and it’s formal professional feedback. A late 2015 survey […]

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The Accounting Profession’s Leadership Story Must Change

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. The world needs more leaders and the leadership gap is real. If we continue to believe as we have always believed, then we will continue to have narratives and stories like we always have. And, if we […]

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Considering an MBA? 3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. I’ve never been water-boarded (I keep begging my wife…), but I’m guessing it’s a lot like busy season. I’d say just about anything to make it stop…like, “maybe I should get my MBA?”. Should you? Maybe (probably not). It truly depends on a series of questions […]

Deepen Your Relationships, Enhance Your Success

This sponsored content is brought to you by The Siegfried Group. You hear it everywhere, all the time: To be successful, you need to have a solid network of connections. You hear it so often and emphasized so frequently, you might find yourself wondering, “Is this just something people say? How can I develop connections […]

Fighting Complacency in Accounting: A Conversation with Joey Havens, Managing Partner of Horne, LLP

The following conversation is sponsored by Horne, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Last month, Horne Managing Partner Joey Havens wrote a post on how the “trusted advisor” cliche has led to complacency in the public accounting. He joins us again for a conversation to talk more about  complacency in the accounting profession and the future of […]

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Two Words Helping Breed Complacency in Public Accounting: Trusted Advisor

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. The term “trusted advisor” is so overused and embellished in public accounting—to the extent that this term now breeds complacency. In this post, we’ll explore this complacency, what our clients need and what service from a real […]

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How to Make More Money in Accounting

This is sponsored content brought to you by Benedictine University. Almost everyone wants to make more money and why not? A bigger paycheck helps with a lot of things — paying off student loans, saving for a down payment on a major purchase, funding a new venture, travel. If you’re a partner at a firm […]

Sponsored: The Evolving Accounting Education: A Conversation with University of Scranton Professor Doug Boyle

This is sponsored content brought to you by The University of Scranton. Today we welcome Dr. Douglas Boyle, Chairperson and Associate Professor of the University of Scranton Accounting Department. He has over 25 years experience in leadership, finance, operations, corporate governance and business turnarounds while serving in executive positions for a variety of startup, mid-market […]

Sponsored: Guidelines for Taking an Active Role in Your Performance Management

This is sponsored content brought to you by Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. For better or worse, career progression in public accounting is tied to performance reviews. Employees tend to see these reviews as a once-a-year report card, rather than an ongoing process, and this is a mistake. By taking an active role in your […]

Sponsored: Why a Bank VP Got Her Master of Accounting Degree (And Why You Should, Too)

Please enjoy this sponsored content from The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, an Accountingfly University Partner. To move her career to the next level, Bank of North Carolina’s Vice President of Balance Sheet Strategy returned to school, adding new skills and credentials to her resume.  Are you ready for the next big step […]

At Armanino, Pursuing a Niche Results in More Than Just Making Partner

This is sponsored content brought to you by Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. In January 2016, Jason Gilbert became a partner at California-based Armanino LLP, 10 years after walking in the door as a 24-year-old staff accountant.  His rise took the usual hard work and talent, but he clinched the partnership spot by getting creative―and […]

Sponsored: Armanino LLP: A Silicon Valley Startup Dressed Up as a CPA Firm

Please enjoy this sponsored content featuring Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. If you’re not familiar with California-based accounting firm Armanino, it’s about time you got acquainted. You see, Armanino has quietly become one of the most innovative and respected firms in the US. And they’re pretty funny, too. In this year of the denim, no […]

Friday Footnotes: Narcissistic Students; Complext Trusts; Perfect Teams | 03.04.16

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Friday Footnotes: KPMG Belfast; PTIN Fees Lawsuit; Sleep Deprivation | 02.19.16

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Friday Footnotes: Ikea’s Taxes; CPA Exam Prayers; Where’s That K-1? | 02.12.16

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Friday Footnotes: CPA Firms Hiring in Charlotte; BS Leadership Lit; Trump Twitter Insults | 02.05.16

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Friday Footnotes: Sin Taxes; PwC and Blockchain; Brics and Ticks | 01.29.16

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Friday Footnotes: Questions for the CFTC; Big 4 Partner to CFO; An Ode to Tax Season | 01.22.16

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Friday Footnotes: Time to Invest in Handbags; IRS Wait Times; Lovers and Haters of Nickelback | 01.15.16

Wall Street’s Straight Man in Washington [Bloomberg, Earlier] What’s the better investment: The S&P 500, gold, or an Hermès Birkin bag? [Quartz] More mergers: Dixon Hughes Goodman gets Stegman & Co. Then there's this choice quote from the Midwikis & Granger PC merger with Wagner Eubank & Nichols: "Most of our folks are 50 years […]