Crony Links: Happy Employees; Productivity and Quality of Life; Awkward Branding on Social Media

It's once again time for shameless plugging of other Sift Media websites. I'm sure you've tired of talk about accountants taking over the world, Twitter spats and #busyseasonproblems anyway. AccountingWEB How...
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Texas CPA Exam Candidates Excited to Embrace the Future

Wait a second... are you telling me that up until this point, one of the biggest CPA exam states in the country did not offer its future CPAs the ability to check their score online? Isn't obsessively...
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PSA: If You Pay $20,000 To Someone Who Calls Himself The “Tax Doctor,” You Deserve Whatever Happens Next

Screw up on your tax return that’s due next week, and you may be subject to any number of civil penalties. For example, if you understate your income by more than the greater of $5,000 or 10% of the...
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OCI: Can You Help Close Out These Open Items?

You may be thinking "ugh, I'm not down with OPP (other people's problems)" and of course ain't nobody got time for that but hey, it's a nice thing to do. So do it. Here are a few outstanding items from...
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Accounting News Roundup: Audit Deficiencies Are Global; Paying Taxes with Art; Who Wants a Simple Tax Code? | 04.11.14

Problem Audits Are Global Issue, Survey Finds [WSJ]The International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators just wrapped up a three-day meeting (ugh) on the issue of audit quality: "Big accounting firms...
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Footnotes: A Republican Circus; You Can’t Always Trust Your Accountant; Tax Fairy?! | 04.10.14

The Chicago Public School system used an "accounting trick" to find money. And by "accounting trick" it looks like that means "gladly pay themselves Tuesday for a hamburger today" [WGN] There's Still Time...
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If a Movie About Fraud Was Funded With Fraud, That Would Be Dumb (and Dumber)

The source of the $100 million used to finance Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street is being openly questioned in a Los Angeles courtroom. Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, producers of the 1994 hit Dumb...
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David Cay Johnston vs. Tax Girl on Twitter: PLACE YOUR BETS

Twitter fights are always good, especially when they involve people we've come to know and love (or, as is the case with one of the participants in the following exchange, know and troll). Apparently,...
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France Outlaws Doing Work After Hours, Even For Big 4 Firms

Just with Deloitte's love note to Green Dotters we shared the other day, there's nothing to prevent firms from holding staff hostage. However, when it comes to being a smartphone pest after hours, not...
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Fall Asleep at a Board Meeting and You Might End Up in an SEC Filing

SEC filings don't often get better than this. In this case, we have a hopeful bank coup in progress: Dear Fellow Shareholder,   Below is a picture taken at last year’s annual shareholder meeting of...
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