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Accountant Helps Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Live Up to Its Name

As you might expect, it doesn’t have a happy ending.

Police say a Pueblo accountant suspected of setting fire to his ex-wife’s home committed suicide during a brief standoff with authorities outside of Truth or Consequences, N.M.

Pueblo Police Sgt. Mark Duran says 50-year-old Myron Todd Thomas immediately became a suspect in an arson fire early Tuesday at his ex-wife’s home. Police issued an alert to law enforcement in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Sierra County (New Mexico) sheriff’s deputies and New Mexico police contacted Thomas north of Truth or Consequences, about 380 miles south of Pueblo Tuesday afternoon.

Grant Thornton Sheds Another Office – Albuquerque Sold to Moss Adams

GT follows up with the news of its disposal of its Honolulu office last month, the closure of its Madison, WI location in April and Greensboro, NC earlier this year with this latest sale of its Albuquerque, New Mexico digs.

According to the Moss Adams press release Chipman & Co. wanted out of the Land of Enchantment after “evaluating its strategic direction”:

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. (June 24, 2010)—Moss Adams LLP and Grant Thornton LLP announce the planned acquisition of Grant Thornton’s Albuquerque practice by Moss Adams on July 31, 2010. In evaluating its strategic direction, Grant Thornton senior leadership determined it will exit the New Mexico market.

Kim Nunley, the Grant Thornton office managing partner, will join Moss Adams as a partner along with many of the client service staff and employees. Wayne Brown, Moss Adams Albuquerque office managing partner, will continue to provide local leadership. He said, “I have known and respected Kim for many years and look forward to working closely with her. She is highly regarded within the profession and the Albuquerque community.”

This acquisition demonstrates Moss Adams commitment to the Southwest and overall firm growth. According to Chris Schmidt, Moss Adams president, “Moss Adams is focused on growth and the Grant Thornton practice blends well with our Albuquerque industry group specialization in areas such as financial institutions, credit unions, employee benefit plans, technology/life sciences, and manufacturing companies.”

Moss Adams is the largest accounting and consulting firm in New Mexico and the 11th largest firm in the United States. With more than 1,700 employees and 230 partners, the firm serves its clients from 21 offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Our email to a Grant Thornton spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

New Mexico Didn’t Have Anyone That Could Tame the MacGruber Mullet

Tax credits for film productions may be the bane of Joe Kristan’s existence but that doesn’t mean they can’t be popular (Tax Policy blog reports that 44 states have them).

MacGruber was no exception, however the person in charge of the mane of hair on Will Forte’s head did not result in a “direct expenditure,” so that cost did not qualify for the “Movie Production Incentive.”

The Journal’s Speakeasy Blog learned that keeping a mullet in such pristine condition was not an easy task and apparently there wasn’t a single stylist in the Land of Enchantment qualified to handle it:

We made the movie in Albuquerque, so part of the [tax break] deal is that you’re supposed to use a largely New Mexican crew. But the [MacGruber] wig is an unruly little creation, so Betty Rogers, who’s the head of the hair department at SNL, came to make sure it was tamed every day. She is so good at what she does. So it was basically her and a bunch of great people from New Mexico.

Great people, maybe. Not so enchanting if they can’t handle a mullet.

‘MacGruber’: Star Will Forte on Wigs, Nudity and Tax Breaks [Speakeasy/WSJ]
‘MacGruber’ Talks Tax [Tax Docket]
Movie Production Incentives: Blockbuster Support for Lackluster Policy [Tax Foundation]