the serious questions

What’s the Weirdest Place You’ve Taken a Call From a Recruiter?

I saw this retweeted in my Twitter timeline last night: what pic.twitter.com/IceFTqXGh8 — maya ✡︎ (@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 […]

Just What the Hell is Goodwill Anyway?

The problem of what to do with goodwill starts with a rather basic point: the answer to the question “What is goodwill?” appears to be “Nobody knows”. The UK’s old standard, FRS 10, said that goodwill is “neither an asset like other assets nor an immediate loss in value”. Later, the basis for conclusions of […]

Sex and Professional Ethics, Round 2

In case you need to be caught up, the controller at Ventas and the audit partner at EY were banging. So Ventas fired their controller, and Ventas fired EY, and EY fired the audit partner. EY also said that putting the sausage in the ham wallet was a flagrant violation of professional standards. Over the […]

The Important Questions: Do You Self-Identify as a Hippie?

This tip box entry may or may not be a serious question, but since it's the Friday after a holiday and all, let's allow it to be asked anyway: Do a lot of ex-Big4 or Big4 professionals self-declare as Hippies? I consider myself a hippie. And I may or may [not] have worked for a […]

How To Tell If the Hot Auditor Is Trying To Tell You She Wants You

I don't read Cosmo because, well, I already know 50 Ways to Drive My Man Wild (49 of them involve Bravo Juliets and one involves things I'd rather not admit I do, amiright ladies?) but while combing the Internet for elusive hot accountants to add to our Accounting Hotties board on Pinterest, I came across […]

The Poor Fashion Taste of Accountants, Explained

Have a question about anything – and we mean anything? Email us and one of the smarter than average bears around here will get to it.  Colin,   Can you explain why most accountants dress poorly?  Also, is it inappropriate to intentionally dress better than the managers and partners? I enjoy dressing well and find it […]