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How to Spot Accounting Discrepancies

Here are some helpful tips and useful tricks to help you accurately spot any accounting discrepancies — which can lead to lasting mistakes. Unfortunately, accounting errors are all too common. In fact, even the most educated accountant and the most experienced CPA can make minor mistakes. However, these mistakes could be detrimental, which is why you want to avoid making some of the most common accounting errors out there. Understanding the most common accounting errors will equip you with the tools to properly spot those errors effectively and efficiently. The…

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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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EY Pats Itself On the Back For Not Blowing As Many Audits As Before

Last month the PCAOB teased the results of its 2020 inspection reports by saying audit firms were getting better at not being awful at auditing. From the PCAOB’s Staff Update and Preview of 2020 Inspection Observations: For the majority of the annually inspected audit firms, we identified fewer findings in 2020 compared to our 2019 inspections. In our triennially inspected audit firms, some improvements were noted, although deficiencies continue to remain high. Annually inspected firms would include the Big 4, Grant Thornton, RSM US, and BDO USA, for example. Now…

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Friday Footnotes: A Very Guilty Accountant; Beware Audit Independence; Grant Thornton a Thing | 10.29.21

Wealthy retired accountant is found guilty of murder [Daily Mail] The pregnant daughter of a wealthy retired accountant who was today jailed for life after stabbing her husband to death has told the court of her heartbreak, saying: ‘I lost my dad but I’ve also lost my mum.’ Isabelle Potterton said on Friday that her mother Penelope Jackson – who murdered her retired colonel husband David, 78, on her 66th birthday and calmly told police ‘I should have stabbed him more’ as he lay dying – is ‘not the person…

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We Now Know the Buyer of PwC’s Global Mobility Services Business

After months of rumors and speculation online about whether or not PwC was selling its global mobility services business and, if so, to whom, we now have answers to both questions: Yes and private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Here’s the press release that just hit our inbox: Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and PwC today announced an agreement under which CD&R funds will acquire PwC’s Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services business. The business is the global leader in employee tax, immigration, business travel, mobility managed services, and payroll…

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How Are Public Accounting Salaries Stacking Up For 2022?

Robert Half finally released its 2022 Accounting & Finance Salary Guide late last week, and the good news is starting salaries in public accounting are expected to increase by more than 1% next year, unlike in Bob’s salary projections for 2021. Of the five positions each under “tax services” and “audit/assurance services” in the 2021 salary guide, not a single one had a starting salary that was projected to increase by 1%. The largest increase was only 0.66% for staff with under one year of experience in both tax and…

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