December 5, 2020

COVID-19

ICYMI: Prometric Has Extended Site Closures Until May 1 Due to Coronavirus

Tomorrow was due to be the glorious day Prometric centers across the United States threw open their doors, sprayed off their keyboards, and welcomed eager future licensees back into their loving embrace (figuratively, of course) after COVID-19 forced them closed back in March. As pretty much everyone knew would happen, that date has been extended. […]

Layoff Watch ’20: It Was a Manic Monday at Whitley Penn

We had a bad feeling more public accounting firms would be laying people off this week due to the current economic situation caused by COVID-19. We really hoped that wouldn’t be the case. But it happened. Today. This morning we learned via Reddit that Whitley Penn, which has six offices in Texas, was the latest […]

Pay Cut Watch ’20: It’s Not Good Friday at Moss Adams

Normally we start these posts with “and the hits keep coming” or some such thing but we’re rapidly running out of sassy intros so let’s just cut the crap and get straight to the news. We’re hearing from multiple sources this afternoon that Moss Adams has joined the ranks of accounting firms instituting pay cuts […]

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Some KPMGers Got Voluntold to Work Overnight Processing PPP Loan Applications

KPMG staffers who have some idle time on their hands won’t for much longer. This KPMG communiqué was emailed to our tipline this morning: We are pleased to share that we have won an important engagement to support a large US bank processing loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Act. The work begins immediately […]

(CONFIRMED) Rumor Mill: It May Have Been a Black Tuesday At Two Top 40 Accounting Firms

[Updated with additional information.] We got a couple of tips late on Tuesday night about layoffs and pay cuts that occurred at two more accounting firms earlier this week: one is a global accounting firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and the second is a prominent firm in the Southeast. Because the tipsters […]

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Pay Cut Watch: Did Andersen Lay the Smack Down On Its Employees?

[Updated with additional information.] According to a post on Reddit on Tuesday, Andersen is another firm that seems to be squeezing its employees to work the same amount (or maybe more) for less money during the COVID-19 crisis … and even after the virus is defeated: Cutting pay ranging from 5-14% from anyone getting paid […]

Layoff Watch ’20: It Has Been a Terrible Tuesday For Some Folks at Armanino

[Updated with additional information.] Ugh, the hits just keep on coming. We received two tips on Tuesday morning about layoffs going down at Armanino, specifically in Los Angeles and Dallas. But another source told us on Wednesday that the firm’s newest offices in Seattle and Irvine, CA, were hit the hardest; however, we don’t know […]

Pay Cut Watch: Apparently Everyone Is Feeling the Pain at Carr, Riggs & Ingram

[Updated with additional information.] Two sources have confirmed this evening what was posted on Fishbowl and Reddit earlier today, that Carr, Riggs & Ingram doled out pay cuts across the board that will reportedly last through the end of the firm’s fiscal year. According to a source, staff pay will be cut by 10%, income […]

PwC Australia Staffers Looking at Pay Cuts of Up to 40%

Another day, another big accounting firm slashing staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time it’s PwC Australia. At least P. Dubs hasn’t laid anyone off (yet) like KPMG Australia did. The Australian Financial Review reported today: Big four consulting firm PwC will cut the hours and pay of under-utilised staff by up to 40 […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Berdon Let Go of 15 People, Postpones Partner Distributions

Another top 50 accounting firm based in New York City has laid off employees during the COVID-19 crisis. We got a tip on April 3 that there was a number of staff layoffs at Berdon LLP and the third-party outsourcing group based in India had also been let go. But our source didn’t know the […]

Grant Thornton Reducing Partner Draws By 25% For the Rest of FY 2020

[Updated with message from CEO Brad Preber to Grant Thornton staff.] Yesterday evening as I was on my way home from picking up some Red Robin for dinner for me and my family, we got a text on the tipline that Grant Thornton partners in the U.S. are taking a 25% pay cut. That was […]

KPMG US Update: Partners Taking Pay Cut, No Variable Compensation, No Omaha Steaks

[Updated with additional information.] OK, here’s what we were told today about the video message from KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie that was posted internally last night. What we know is pretty much the same as what has been posted so far to Reddit and Fishbowl. Basically what we were told by a source was Lynne […]

CliftonLarsonAllen Is Cutting Staff Pay By 10%, No Layoffs Planned

[Updated with additional information.] During the afternoon on Friday, someone posted on Reddit that CliftonLarsonAllen had announced earlier in the day 10% pay cuts to all employees. Checks out. Here’s what came through the tipline late Friday afternoon: CLA announced this morning in a firm-wide webcast that they will be reducing all compensation by 10% […]

BDO USA Is Cutting Everyone’s Pay to Stave Off Layoffs

[Updated with additional information.] Just got this from the tipline: [BDO USA CEO] Wayne Berson just announced we were taking a 5-10% paycut at all levels (salaried) from May 1st-August 1st (St Louis is the one exception, they’re starting May 16). Hourly is the same, just starting one or two days later after the salaried […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Australia Slashes a Couple Hundred Jobs

First it was KPMG Canada earlier in the week, now Edmund Tadros of the Australian Financial Review is reporting some grim news regarding job cuts at the Australian House of Klynveld: Professional services firm KPMG will cut 200 roles and slash the pay of equity partners by almost 17 per cent in response to the […]

Let’s Count How Many Different Sports You Can Play at PwC Chairman Tim Ryan’s House

We know PwC Chairman Tim Ryan is a workout fiend who loves playing and watching hockey. But judging by a photo he posted on Twitter a couple weeks ago, he and his kids love A LOT of other sports too. Shortly after PwC announced that it was closing its offices and going into work-from-home mode […]

Layoff Watch ’20: KPMG Canada Seems to Be Going On a Pink Slip Frenzy

[Updated with additional information.] We’ve heard from a couple people on Tuesday morning who confirmed what we saw on Reddit last night about layoffs that have occurred at several different KPMG locations in Canada. Unconfirmed reports put the number of layoffs at around 200 throughout the country. Here’s one message we got on the tipline […]

Layoff Watch ’20: Friedman Cut a Bunch of People Loose

[Updated with additional information.] Remember that article we posted last week about layoffs? You know, the one about that recent Fishbowl survey that revealed 41% of accountants believe job cuts will happen at their firm because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Unfortunately that became a reality on March 26 for more than 50 people who worked […]

Let’s See How the Big 4 Firms In India Are Faring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Updated with additional information.] This GIF from Mad Men pretty much says it all, but things could be worse. To our knowledge, there haven’t been any pandemic-related layoffs … yet … at any of the Big 4 firms in India. I kinda buried this in the article we posted last week on accountants’ layoff predictions […]

KPMG U.K. Chairman Diagnosed with COVID-19

The Financial Times reported this afternoon that Bill Michael, chairman of the Queen’s KPMG, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized. Mr Michael, who took over the Big Four accounting and advisory firm in 2017, has been in hospital for one week after becoming unwell but was only diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus […]

KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Assures Employees No Layoffs Are Coming

We got a tip this morning which we were able to confirm with two other sources that in an internal firm video we think was sent to employees last night, KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie said protecting KPMGers during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak was her first priority and that layoffs would be an […]

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. […]

Number of the Day: 124%

Because a good deal of you guys are now working from home, accountants contributed to VPN usage in the U.S. increasing 124% between March 9 and March 22, according to data from Atlas VPN. From March 16 to March 22, VPN usage increase 71%. During the last two weeks, VPN usage in the US increased […]

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Death of PwC Indonesia Staffer Marks Possible First Big 4 Coronavirus Casualty

Sad news out of Indonesia, as a member of the PwC family has seemingly lost his battle with coronavirus. This is the first suspected COVID-19-related death we are aware of involving an employee of a Big 4 firm. PwC Indonesia Territory Senior Partner Irhoan Tanudiredja released a statement in which the staffer is not named; […]

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus One Small Accounting Firm Owner Is Worried About

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 […]

Tracker: These Public Accounting Firms Are In Mandatory Work-From-Home Mode

Did you ever think you’d see the day that something would cause some of the largest public accounting firms in the nation to temporarily close their offices and force everyone to work from home? I didn’t, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, here we are. Based on tips we’ve received, as well as scanning Twitter […]

Marcum Temporarily Going to 40-Hour Workweek, Except For You New York City Folks Who Are Not In Tax

If you need another example of why public accounting firms get a bad rap for being more concerned about dollar signs and clients than their employees, that they’d rather their capital market servants be billable than healthy—both physically and mentally—look no further than this email sent to Marcum’s New York City employees on March 19 […]

Mnuchin Announcing Extension of Tax Filing Deadline On Twitter Is the Most 2020 Thing Ever

Americans get three extra months to file their 1040s, per this tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. — Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) March 20, […]

The AICPA Really Wants Tax Professionals to Flood Steve Mnuchin’s Inbox

The AICPA was pretty damn confident the Treasury Department and the IRS would extend the April 15 filing deadline for individuals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so confident that the AICPA told CPAs in an emailed message last weekend that they anticipated this week that Tax Day would be extended by 90 days and that […]

Even the PCAOB Is Now Hunkering Down at Home

This was just emailed to us by the PCAOB and has since been posted to its website. In case you haven’t heard yet, the PCAOB is going the mandatory work-from-home route too, effective immediately. The message says: The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is providing the following update on our current operations in light […]

Another EY Employee In the U.S. Has Come Down with Coronavirus

According to an internal email sent yesterday to EY employees in the Washington, DC area, there’s been another confirmed case of COVID-19 among the firm’s ranks, this time in Virginia. A tipster passed along the email to us, which was sent by Richard Jeanneret, Americas vice chair and US-East region managing partner, and Kevin Virostek, […]

Deloitte CEO Eventually Sent Out the Mandatory Work-From-Home Email

First it was EY, then it was PwC, now Deloitte has told its U.S. staff not to bother coming to the office for a while because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike EY and PwC, which will be full-on remote work beginning tomorrow, Green Dotters will have to wait until Wednesday. Thanks to a tipster, […]

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EY, PwC Jumping On the Mandatory Work-From-Home Bandwagon Due to COVID-19

Thanks to a tipster, here’s the email EY U.S. Chair Kelly Grier sent to all EYers Sunday evening regarding where they’ll be working for the foreseeable future: I’m reaching out this evening to express my recognition and concern for the evolving situation involving COVID-19 and the complexity and uncertainty it’s causing across our daily lives. […]

RSM US Joins the Mandatory Work-From-Home Party

Today’s been one of the most crazy and, in my opinion, unprecedented days we’ve ever seen covering public accounting, where three of the Big 4 and a slew of other firms are ditching their U.S. offices and going strictly remote work for the time being because of COVID-19. A tipster let us know this evening […]

Grant Thornton Canada Is Totally Giving Its Hourly Employees the Shaft

Hey, accounting firm CEOs, listen up. A global pandemic is not the time to be screwing your employees—salaried and hourly—out of pay and/or their PTO time. Grant Thornton in the U.S. is seemingly taking care of all of its employees as the firm has transitioned to all remote work until at least the end of […]

Marcum Is Finally Taking This COVID-19 Thing Seriously (At Least For This Week)

You can add Marcum to the ever-growing list of accounting firms that are temporarily going all remote because of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. But of course not until tomorrow; there’s a tax deadline to wrap up first. A tipster sent us the email Marcum Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Weiner sent to his capital […]

The AICPA Is Pretty Sure the April 15 Filing Deadline Is Gonna Be Extended, You Guys

Several CPAs have posted on Twitter, Fishbowl, and Reddit the following communiqué they received Sunday afternoon from the AICPA regarding both the April 15 and the March 16 filing deadlines: While tax season 2019 was considered by most as one of the worst tax seasons on record, tax season 2020 might go down as the […]

Apparently, PwC NYC Staffer Is a COVID-19 Victim

According to a post on r/accounting, PwC closed its two offices in New York City this weekend after a NYC employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Covid19 case at pwc NYC office from Accounting Also, posts on Reddit and Fishbowl have indicated other cases of COVID-19 in Big 4 U.S. offices, which we haven’t confirmed […]

Grant Thornton Is Going All In On Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While many accounting firms are “empowering” and “encouraging” their employees to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, but still ultimately leaving it up to them to make that decision, Grant Thornton employees had that decision made for them yesterday. A tipster sent us this message that all GTers received from CEO Brad Preber on […]

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 [email protected] 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 […]

BDO Employee In Canada Infected with Coronavirus

BDO is the first non-Big 4 firm that we know of that reportedly has an employee in Toronto who tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s what Global News in Canada reported on March 10: Global News has obtained a memo sent to workers at BDO Canada on Wellington Street East in Toronto advising them that a […]

Deloitte Philippines Confirms Case of COVID-19

Another Deloitte employee has tested positive for coronavirus, this time in the Philippines, the firm said on Saturday. Deloitte released this statement earlier today: We can confirm that a colleague in our Deloitte Philippines office has tested positive for COVID-19. The colleague is currently in hospital receiving treatment and further tests, and Deloitte is supporting the […]