So I was in the car listening to CBS Sports Radio while running some errands on Saturday afternoon when the show’s host, Andrew Fillipponi, started talking about his lack of interest in watching the Masters because Tiger Woods wasn’t competing for his sixth green jacket. He felt the Masters just wasn’t the same without Tiger, […]
A bored tax associate asked on Fishbowl earlier today if anyone has ever been involved in a fistfight at work. We don’t know which accounting firm or who the combatants were, but someone responded with this little bit of awesomeness: Ah, the good ol’ days of public accounting.
The fourth quarter of 2020 had some new winners and losers in the game of auditor musical chairs, as there were 16 new engagements and 41 client departures among the 12 major global and national audit firms between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to Audit Analytics. Of the top 12 firms, Deloitte gained the […]
None like me, who was doomscrolling through Twitter all afternoon, or did you somehow, someway do something productive that was work-related? Stay well, everyone.
How’s everyone surviving their first Monday of the new year so far? Today is a double whammy for our auditor friends. Not only is it the first official workday of 2021 after holiday break but it’s also the start of the grueling marathon that is busy season. I went on Twitter to see how auditors […]
I saw this retweeted in my Twitter timeline last night: what pic.twitter.com/IceFTqXGh8 — 🙂 (@mayaisfiya) November 24, 2020 Can anyone top this? Here’s what an EY employee told us: Weirdest place I’ve taken a call from a recruiter … at a gas station parking lot somewhere in Virginia. I must have been going on or […]
Some of the best content we’ve put on this site in mid-December of years past has been about office holiday parties, especially Adrienne’s posts about behaving around others and not getting sloppy drunk. Of course, things are different this year. Thanks, Rona. But do you actually, really, truly miss hanging out face to face at […]
Now that Accounting Today has published the most recent data from Audit Analytics on who won and who lost the game of auditor musical chairs in the third quarter, let’s take a look at which firm(s) resigned or were fired the most by clients and who the beneficiaries were. All in all there were 33 […]
For as long as I can remember, KPMG has always been the butt of Big 4 jokes: Big 3 + KPMG, a golf apparel company masquerading as a Big 4 firm, the red-headed stepchild of the profession, always a bridesmaid and never a bride, Scott London, Caleb worked there, etc. But with the whole “pancakes […]
Whether you realize it or not, every day there are winners and losers of the accounting profession. Take, for example, the AICPA’s failed XYZ credential. Loser, obviously. The CGMA, however, is technically a winner, at least according to the 137,000 people worldwide who hold the credential and the AICPA because they can charge for it. […]
It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since the Journal of Accountancy cover story about one CPA’s struggle with depression. Not because I can’t believe a whole six months have passed (although that’s a thing for sure) but rather because no one could have known how timely that story would be when JofA published […]
One thing that hasn’t slowed down too much during the Rona pandemic is the game of auditor musical chairs, as there were 51 new SEC audit client engagements and 62 departures in the second quarter among the 12 major global or national accounting firms compared to 57 new engagements and 68 departures in Q1, according […]
A Goodwill in Lewisville, TX, is selling the KPMG T-shirt below for a whopping … $3.05. Seems a little pricey to me for KPMGwear, even for a thrift store. But if it was a buck and XL or XXL, I’d consider plopping down four quarters for it. I’d rather pay $3 dollars for a fancy-looking […]
Today we have two surveys from our friends at Fishbowl to share with you, conveniently enough they have a bit of overlap so we figured why not just make a big ole survey sandwich. First off, Fishbowl surveyed more than 16,000 professionals across a variety of industries, including accounting, and asked a simple question: Are […]
I don’t know why y’all are so eager to get back to the office because isn’t it better to be drinking a gin and tonic, sipping whiskey, or downing your favorite IPA while staring blankly at a spreadsheet at home than doing so while having a cup of coffee, Ice Mountain bottled water, or Red […]
Nearly 60 companies that are audited by one of the 12 major global or national accounting firms played auditor musical chairs during the first quarter of 2020, and EY ended up being the biggest beneficiary after the last song ended. According to the latest SEC audit client winners and losers analysis by Audit Analytics, which […]
Hey and happy Monday, GC faithful. It appears the world did not end over the weekend so here we are again at the start of another workweek. After almost three weeks of mandated quarantine, I’m beginning to get a bit cagey. As y’all know, we’re used to working from home so nothing has changed there, […]
This came through the Help line the other night, and because Open Items has been a barren wasteland since Caleb left nearly two years ago, I thought I’d post it here to see if we could help this person out. I’m a retired CPA who’s working during tax season for a small, local practitioner. She […]
It wasn’t a stellar fourth quarter of 2019 for the Big 4 in terms of winning new public company audit clients, according to Accounting Today’s most recent report on the newest data crunched by Audit Analytics. Deloitte and EY brought on four and three new SEC-registered audit clients, respectively, in Q4, but Deloitte also lost […]
Have you seen the cover of the February 2020 Journal of Accountancy? Just in case you don’t feel like digging it out of the mailbox (or out from the bottom of the birdcage), here you go. Not only did the JofA choose to do an article about this important topic, but they also went all […]
Earlier this month Accounting Today reported the latest data from Audit Analytics on public company audit client gains and losses for the third quarter, with Florida-based CPA firm Assurance Dimensions picking up nine new ones thanks to an acquisition. Among firms you’ll usually see in SEC or PCAOB enforcement orders, Marcum and Deloitte were the […]
After Tabby Kinder of the Financial Times broke the story on Sept. 30 about KPMG U.K. taking back all the mobile phones that it had issued to hundreds of employees to cut costs, she shared a text on Twitter she got from an accountant that I found humorous because the accountant found the topic of […]
I know you guys are just dying to know the answer to this question, so let’s get right to it. Audit Analytics recently came out with its breakdown of the top 20 audit firms that had the most insurance clients in 2018. Yes, the Big 4 firms took the top four spots, combining for 2,300 […]
One of the most fun things about business travel is seeing what you can get away with come expense report time. We’ve all taken liberties with our employer’s expense policy, although things I’ve put on expense reports would probably be considered lame: a pack of smokes, a four-pack of Surly Furious IPA, a bomber of […]
Since Monday when the SEC announced it had fined KPMG $50 million for not one but two scandals involving auditor misconduct at the firm, I’ve been thinking about which scandal is worse. Is it KPMG audit partners stealing confidential information from rogue PCAOB employees in order to better the firm’s audit inspection scores OR is […]
Anyone who is a fan of the NHL knows that hockey players rarely call each other by their first or last names. They call each other by their hockey nicknames. There’s really no rhyme or reason for how hockey players get their nicknames. But usually, you get your hockey nickname by either adding “-er,” “-y,” […]
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 […]
I didn’t read comic books growing up. I don’t read them now. An occasional graphic novel, sure, but no comic books. I have nothing against them, but after I reached the age of, I don’t know, 13 or so, superheroes with super powers didn’t really do it for me. For the last decade or so, […]
Most of you guys probably use Webster’s Dictionary like I do for all your spelling and word definition needs. But just in case some of you use the Oxford English Dictionary, there’s a crusade underway in the U.K. to change how the word “accountant” is defined. Why? Because Xero U.K. thinks the Oxford English definition […]
Around this time of year, we all inevitably start thinking about the year behind and the year ahead. Maybe we swear to do better come January, maybe we say fuck it and don’t change a thing. Whatever your approach to the stroke of midnight, it’s tempting to think about what issues might affect the profession in […]
I fondly remember my first “smartphone.” It was a giant Pocket PC (Google that, children) I inherited from my CPA review boss with a stylus and everything. THE FUTURE, I LIVED IT. No longer did I have to wait until I arrived at work to check my email. NO! I can work on the bus! […]
Welcome to Unpopular Opinion, a new semi-regular series on Going Concern addressing topics impacting the accounting profession from the contrarian perspective. Have an unpopular opinion to share? Get in touch. Note: opinions are not necessarily mine. Diversity and inclusion are hot-button issues not only in accounting but in the business world at large these days, […]
This Accounting Today article on the perks KPMG is offering to its 30,000 U.S. employees this summer got me thinking about the summer employee perks, or lack thereof, I’ve received during my career. And I’m not just focusing on my last 19 years as a writer and/or editor. I’m going all the way back to […]
Here’s an anonymous tip that came in earlier today:
We linked to The Accountant trailer on Friday but after receiving a few messages and seeing a bit of chatter on Twitter, it warrants a bit more conversation. First, I suppose we should watch it together: I'm looking forward to seeing the movie this fall but, seriously, isn't Ben Affleck a little hunky for this […]
When it comes to email, the moment where proper etiquette morphs into a pet peeve is difficult to pinpoint. How many exclamation points are too many?!!!!! The correct answer is: more than one. Should you use the HIGH PRIORITY button? The correct answer is: No. Never. Okay, maybe if you're about to mauled by a […]
Everyone knows that CPAs are the real stars of the Emmys and that accountants feature prominently in movies like Shawshank Redemption and The Royal Tennenbaums. What else is out there if you've already seen the whole accountants-in-the-movies list, though? (Schindler's List, The Untouchables, Ghostbusters, et al.) Cable is stuffed with white collar crime docs (American […]
As you may know or be experiencing right this very second, it’s a stressful time of year for accountants and the people around them. Whether you’re working on tax returns or year-end audits or any other professional number crunching activity, that stress can cause people to make mistakes.
Cosmic issues are being raised in the great Dress Code debates: Is denim okay every day? What’s the largest allowable team logo on a sweatshirt? How about pajamas outside the house? My experiences may offer some useful historical and cultural context. In the late 1990s I was expatriated to Paris with one of the then […]
A couple of years ago, Sam Antar shared a recording of his conversation with a fake IRS agent with us. The poor dope on the other end of the line didn't know what hit him. What's been quite amazing is that the calls from fake IRS agents seems to be getting worse since the agency […]
Email. It's the most annoyingly omnipresent element of our working lives. When trying to enjoy the holidays, a nice vacation or even a relaxing Sunday evening, many people can't get the image of an overstuffed inbox out of their minds. During my last couple of busy seasons, I remember the dread I felt waking up […]
With the end of year fast approaching, many of you will need something discreet to cope with all the busy season problems. To the internet! #busyseason is coming. So if you're giving a gift to a #CPA – make it good! #auditlife #taxlife #giftidea #flask pic.twitter.com/F7jNfD4uoc — Crystal G. Knight (@CKnightCPA) December 22, 2015 For […]
Accounting firms, who generally eat their young, are all competing for “who has the best perks” in race to scoop up all of the competent new hires. We all know that accounting culture is toxic, but aside from taking all of your allotted vacation so you don’t die at your desk like that one guy, […]
I waste a lot of time on the internet. Alternatively, I discover a lot of weird and interesting things on the internet. Many of these things have nothing to do with the internet, ergo, I can't in good conscience share them with you because it doesn't exactly fall within my job description. However, when something […]
Credit to r/accounting, who continues to be hot on the accounting-themed license plate beat. If you're a GC amateur archivist, then you know this is not the first vanity plate from Virginia we've featured. These Old Diminoners do like them for some reason. Now that you've taken this in, what do we like best about […]
Florida, the state long considered a mecca for Disney fetishists and retirees, is the actual worst. The peninsular Sunshine State, in addition to being our #1 exporter of citrus fruit (no idea if this is true), boasts spiders the size of Diet Coke cans that can only be smote with a flame thrower, wild sharks, […]
Across GC articles concerning the future of the accounting profession, there’s hefty debate about who’s going to be affected by these changes and how.
To be clear most of my headspace is preoccupied with the battle for small to medium businesses in general practice, which does not encompass the entire profession.
So accountant trading cards are a thing. Because there’s nothing more thrilling than the adrenaline rush of trading cards combined with the raw excitement of accounting. Accountant trading cards are similar to the Most-Wanted Iraqis playing cards issued by the Bush administration during the Iraq War. The main difference is that the Most-Wanted Iraqis cards […]
Over at the After School Special: Accounting Subreddit, someone might be trolling (sic'd throughout): So I've just accepted a job at KPMG, and I'm so excited about it! However, I'm so worried becasue my start date is in January, and I'm in audit so that would be right at busy season. I have multiple guinea […]
What do I love more than an ice cold Diet Coke and a full TiVo queue of bad reality TV? When the reality contestants are accounting scrubs, obviously. I’ve ranked the following accounting reality stars based on courage, entertainment value, and actual talent. 7) The Award for Best Dating Show Contestant: Mara, Legal Accountant […]
Are accountants more inclined or less inclined to believe in God? We are bound by the AICPA Code of Conduct to have professional skepticism, so not having religious skepticism may just be a demonstration of a healthy work/life balance. A recent Pew Research Center report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, says that in general more […]
David Letterman's retirement has me feeling nostalgic this week, capital market servants. It was the first TV show my parents didn't want me staying up late to watch. I defied their wishes, of course, so when he moved to CBS and was on an hour earlier, it was even easier to watch Dave's irreverent, sarcastic, […]
Meanwhile, somewhere in Georgia… About what you expect for an accountant's vanity plate, right down to the typos. [imgur via r/accounting]
It's quite obvious that we're getting close to the end. People are counting down, phoning it and the tweets from the final Saturday are a mix of hope and despair. Office obstacle course. Always in training. #BusySeasonProblems #taxseason pic.twitter.com/9yezQ2tpTN — Andrea Arriola, EA (@Tejandrea) April 7, 2015 Easily, the worst thing about #busyseason is the […]
Perhaps you gleaned this from the exhaustive tournament we hosted recently, but we'll bring it up again: working a lot of hours causes a lot of problems. Among these problems: drinking. Harvard Business Review has the latest scientific research: Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and colleagues found that people who log […]
April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes. Of course, it also can bring tornadoes and all sorts of severe weather that will send your furry friends (and maybe you) running under the bed. However, the sound of rain falling and rolling thunder does give many people a sense of peace. Ten hours of it will get […]
Now that we've officially crowned "WTF am I doing with my life?" as the champion BSP, let's catch up on what busy season problems have made their way into the Twitter ether over the past week. I haven't cooked a meal in over 3 months #busyseasonproblems — Trei Jolly (@Trei_Jolly) April 1, 2015 Sorry about […]
Here we are. After hashing through 62 other busy season problems, we've arrived at the championship for this year's GCMM. It's been interesting to watch this tournament develop and learn what causes the annual busy season to be so terrible for accountants. Everyone has their own beloved annoyances, but to see the #6 Degrading mental […]
Since we're racing at ludicrous speed towards a mental anguish championship final in GCMMBSP, it seems prudent to scan Twitter to find out how accountants are handling their professional existence today. When the driver knows you work in accounting based on the hour you leave the office #busyseasonproblems #busyseasonprobs #accounting — Trever Eymard (@theteymard) March […]
We now, finally, have champions in each region of GCMMBSP: Life — Waking up early; Health — Degrading mental health; Work — Working on Saturday; Potpourri — Your brain asking: "WTF am I doing with my life?" Thanks for everyone who helped decide the bitter battle between Waking up early and Loved ones' guilt trips. It […]
Incredible. But I suppose this was bound to happen in such a hotly contested tournament. We had a tie at the end of regulation in the Life Region Final between #1 seed Waking Up Early and #2 Loved ones' guilt trips. Since GCMMBSP has no official rules for this kind of scenario, we'll just extend the […]
The contenders have emerged in GCMMBSP. There was little doubt about Working Saturdays and Long Hours making it this far. It's sad that only one will advance to Final Four. Maybe you could've seen Less exercise coming, but I did not expect such a strong performance from Degrading Mental Health. Now you've got me concerned […]
The Big Lebowski is a cinematic masterpiece. Fact. Other films by Ethan and Joel Coen have been given awards but none of them will ever achieve the legendary cult following like TBL. It inspired a multi-city festival. Before there was "U mad, bro?" there was, "Calmer than you are." It spawned a philosophy for crying out loud. […]
As exciting as Round 2 was, the Sweet 16 looks even better. Saturdays vs. Deadlines, Eating Poorly vs. Depression and Less sex vs. Less exercise are all toss-ups. Plus, we have some some Cinderellas left, so that's fun. Long hours is quietly going about its business and I suspect that it will make short work […]
Polls for Round 2 of GCMMBSP are still open but since we won't know who's moving on until tomorrow, it seems prudent to check on what busy seasons problems IRL are keeping the accountant down. My diet typically peaks in March. Specifically when I snack at 3:00am. #busyseasonproblems #idontevenlikeenergydrinks pic.twitter.com/K7B3jPYBVp — Andre M (@AndreDeGiant) March […]
We had an exciting first round of GCMMBSP, with strong showings by the top seeds and only a few upsets. That sounds counterintuitive for any tournament, but really, it wouldn't be right if seeds like Working Saturdays and Less exercise didn't advance to at least the Elite Eight. Round 2 features several excellent match-ups including […]
Going Concern March Madness: #BusySeasonProblems got off to an exciting start yesterday. I trust you all would like to start voting in the Work and Potpourri brackets NOW, but please hear me out for two. Busy season problems are real — whether it's your 3rd meal in a row from the vending machine or a co-worker […]
As you may have heard, it's bwacket season and there are many fine tournaments going on that don't exploit the athletic talents of young men and women, not least among them, our own #BusySeasonProblems bracket. For those of you that just can't get enough, we heartily recommend two more: 1) BYU's Tournament Using Accounting Research […]
Yes, it's once again time for your favorite giant waste of billable hours in the 3rd month of the year — Going Concern March Madness. This year we've jumped on the popularity of Busy Season Problems. It wasn't an easy tournament to compile so you'll have to forgive the nuances between contenders (e.g. All the […]
Several major deadlines have passed, yet the plight of accountants rages on. If you have a BSP that can't be addressed in 140 characters, post it to Open Items or email us. 10am and not a single chargeable hour? Guess I'll spend Saturday in the office too. #busyseasonproblems #auditlife — Katie Buyse (@kayteebee11) March 11, […]
The world needs #CPAs even more than it needs @justinbieber. See why we're needed oh so badly: http://t.co/7ckJj1gYol — ThisWayToCPA (@ThisWayToCPA) January 23, 2015 Fishing for RTs from Justin Bieber? The AICPA must be really hurting for ideas. Can someone remind them that the CPA exam gap is immaterial?
I had no idea what to expect at Thriveal’s 4th Annual Deeper Weekend other than ludicrously passionate accountants. It was held over two days in early November at a small gallery in West Greenville, South Carolina. When I arrived, a presentation was already going on with 60 or so people sitting in rapt attention. […]
In short, Comcast is a despised company.
Now we have another tale of its treachery and the tentacles have intertwined a “large, prestigious accounting firm.”
Here's something I didn't expect to read today: It’s been more than 85 years – back in the days when gangsters Dean O’Banion and Al Capone went to war over Chicago – that accountants have felt compelled to carry firearms for personal protection. Yet the anecdotal evidence is that a rising number of accountants are […]
You all may fondly recall a game we played awhile back called Accountant/Not an Accountant where you were tasked to look at a picture of a celebrity and guess if this person was an accountant (aspiring at one point or actual former number-cruncher) or not an accountant. That was kinda fun, no? The other day, […]
This is so ridiculous that upon receiving it, Colin did one of those cartoonish double-takes, you know, with the sound effect and everything. The really sad part is minus the swearing, you could almost believe it to be true. AICPA Launches Three New Professional Designations New York (November 19, 2013) — The new Chartered Global […]
Oh, man. Are we going to go here? I think we are. From the suggestion box: Can we have a post where folks can share their best auditing related pranks? I'm a new associate and want to pull something memorable on my team. When talking audit pranks, the most well-known and widely used prank is […]
I am surprised this wasn't marked "urgent" because it seems this guy just cannot wait: Subject: AICPA Can you tell me how to cancel my membership. I hate that place, and now that I'm leaving big 4 I get to get off their god forsaken spam listings, if only I can figure out how. My […]
Welcome to a special Tuesday after Labor Day edition of To Whom It May Going Concern, our infrequent feature of the best (read: worst) and worst (read: best!) tips and feedback we get from readers. Have a tip or feedback for us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop something in the tips box. All messages […]
We had so much fun with this last time, we decided to do it again. Now, let's all keep in mind that we are going with the pop culture definition of accountant (as in anyone who knows debits from credits, does tax returns for a living and/or took more than just one accounting course in […]
As we may have mentioned, we get bombarded with a number of strange questions. Either most of you have been enjoying summer because things have been relatively mundane or we've been relatively uninspired by the barrage of tips, suggestions, and inquiries, because TWIMGC hasn't appeared for a while. This seems like a good enough of […]
Earlier today, we spotted a post from our friends over at Above the Law mocking eHarmony's "15 Reasons to Date a Lawyer" (or, alternatively, 15 stupid reasons to date a lawyer) which, of course, inspired us to look for an equally stupid article about dating accountants.
A former cancer stick smoker turned vaper would like to know if any of you fellow office drones/vapers have been busted sneaking a few puffs: Wanted to get some insight from the GC community. I am a vaper since I quit smoking and have been vaping on several occasions in my office. Sometimes I'll hit […]
It's not often we get an advice email we haven't already answered, but lo-and-behold, here's one: What is the coolest car an accountant could have? Bimmer? Benz? Beetle? Forget ballin partners who have long since disposed of a soul, I mean us grunts who do the work. Surely our perceived lack of personality and terrible […]
Welcome to the latest edition of To Whom It May Going Concern, our infrequent feature of the best (read: worst) and worst (read: best!) tips and feedback we get from readers. Have a tip or feedback for us? Email us at email@example.com or drop something in the tips box. All tips on are on the […]
This is the latest edition of our infrequent feature, To Whom It May Going Concern. Here we share some of the more, shall we say, interesting messages that come across the wire. If you get the urge to tell us what you think about this here website, email firstname.lastname@example.org with "To Whom It May Going […]
As we're sure you already know, Tax Prof has been on the vanity license plate beat this week. Naturally, one of our readers had a spotted plate to throw in the mix: "Saw this little beauty walking out of work about a year ago" Now, it's entirely possible this license plate is one of those […]
I suppose if public accounting firms were looking to brand their employees, offering them a 15%-no-questions-asked raise would be the way to do it: If your company offered you a pay raise to tattoo its logo on your body, would you do it? A New York City real estate company made the offer and dozens of […]
An astounding report by Certify, a travel and expense management provider, found that Starbucks is a popular place for people to have coffee and talk business. The report shows that breakfast was dominated by Starbucks, with 14.14 percent of expenses and averaging $7.86 per receipt. You guys. Go to the street vendors or a […]
Bracket season came to close yesterday afternoon on Going Concern and your Busy Season Survival champion is none other than booze. Hooch. The Sauce. Firewater. Whatever your flavor, alcohol managed to overcome it all to win GCBSSF&BvsT. Yes, those of you who cry busy season tears into beers managed to outnumber the BYU alums, CPAs […]
Finally, the champions of the two Busy Season Survival regions — Food & Bevvie and Tech — will meet to crown the ultimate winner of GCMMBSSF&BvsT. It's been a memorable tournament unless you've been committed to Team Booze in practice as well as voting. From coffee's disappointing performance to an inspired run by Email to the exciting […]
Well, we have our survivors from GCMMBSSF&BvsT. It's been quite a journey so far, and now we will crown the kings of both Food & Beverage and Tech in your quest to come out of busy season with your sanity intact.
So let's get to it. We're keeping the polls open until Friday at 1 pm ET so you can stuff the channels appropriately.
What on Earth is this? And everyone said I could never make cats and accounting work when I published my groundbreaking research paper The Cat Quotient in 1989. KATZABOSCH USES CATS IN NEW MARKETING STRATEGY Launches CatSayBosh.com Baltimore, MD – KatzAbosch, a leading certified public accounting and consulting firm serving the Mid-Atlantic […]
This blogging gig sucks. The publisher, Gail, is up my ass about this March Madness thing. Says we have to follow through even though it was Colin's stupid idea. Everyone knows that booze is the only thing you need to survive busy season; not sure why we have to go through all the trouble.
The tech guy, Stonewall, is helping out though, so I guess we'll just try to get through the Elite Eight.
But seriously, just keep some hooch in your drawer at work like me. If you need anything else — including more than 4 hours of sleep a night — to power through busy season, then I don't want you on my team.
I'm in Raleigh, North Carolina today visiting students at North Carolina State, so I apologize for the delay in getting to the bottom half of the Sweet Sixteen in GCMM. I know you've shaking with anticipation.
If you picked upsets in your NCAA Mens bracket and all the favorites in your GCMMBSSF&BvsT bracket, then you're in pretty good shape today. My hunch is that you went for the opposite strategy.
While favorites Excel and coffee had no problems and the wins by Bagels and Key Shortcuts were very satisfying, the loss by Someone Else's Hotpocket from the Freezer was devastating. DEVASTATING.
Busy season is like war. Okay maybe not, but it's hell anyway. There are no rules on how you survive it, but you MUST survive it. And if that means taking that last slice of pizza and hiding it in your drawer for later then by God, YOU MUST TAKE THAT SLICE OF PIZZA. Oh, Pete was late getting to the team lunch and didn't get to eat? TOO BAD. You're going to want that cured meat and refined flour in about 3 hours when you'll need your 4th wind.
For the last two seasons, Going Concern March Madness pitted accounting firms against each other to decide just which firm was the coolest in this fair land. Sadly, we have decided to end this exercise. It was a good (?) run but has been exhausted for reasons that include: 1) a Rothstein Kass three-peat was not something anyone was prepared to endure and 2) the underlying premise of the bracket was based in fantasy or, dare I say, complete bullshit. Does this mean that Vault's annual prestige ranking has lost all purpose? That's not for me to say.