Accounting Advices 

A Big 4 Firm Being Untruthful? You Don’t Say!

From the Financial Times yesterday: A senior KPMG partner advanced an “untruthful” defence at a disciplinary hearing into the accounting firm’s misconduct in the sale of bedmaker Silentnight to a private equity fund, a tribunal has found. The tribunal also found that KPMG and David Costley-Wood, the partner who led the Silentnight work, had failed to co-operate in not providing evidence to investigators from the UK accounting regulator. KPMG was fined £13m in August and ordered to pay more than £2.75m in costs for its role in placing Silentnight into…

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Accounting Services 

Bonus Watch ’21: Deloitte’s Audit Practice Is Trying to Nip This ‘Great Resignation’ Thing In the Bud By Offering Retention Bonuses

There’s a firm that finally gets it when it comes to giving employees of one of its core lines of service a reason not to join the mass exodus that is going on right now in the Big 4. It’s not promoting some fictitiously great company culture. It’s not giving employees Omaha Steaks or 1-800-Flowers gift cards. It’s not throwing pizza parties during busy season. The only way the Big 4 can retain their prized employees during “The Great Resignation” is by giving them more money. Plain and simple. You…

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Accounting Services 

You Know the World Is Getting Back to Normal When KPMG Has the Worst PCAOB Inspection Report of the Big 4

When the PCAOB released its first batch of 2019 inspection reports earlier this year, there was one outcome that left us at Going Concern HQ feeling like we were living in some auditing bizarro world: PwC had a worse audit failure rate (30%) than KPMG (29%). It’s rare when KPMG doesn’t have the worst PCAOB inspection report of the Big 4, and it’s even more rare when PwC botches more audits than KPMG. Before 2019, the last time KPMG did not have the worst audit deficiency rate among the Big…

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