No, Accountants Can’t Spell

No, Accountants Can't Spell
A few years back I wrote a series about “What Do Accountants Do.” Well, one thing we don’t do is spell. I sent several returns on to my boss, and this was the only review point I got back:   Story of my life. I just got a voice mail from my elementary school demanding their diploma ...

Brief Review of The Reckoning by Jacob Soll

Brief Review of The Reckoning by Jacob Soll
A couple months ago, I had a few issues with an article posted on Salon. The original article was an except from The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations by Jacob Soll. After my brief criticisms, the author of the book reached out to me and encouraged me to read the whole ...

Seattle Living Wage Surcharge & Income Statement Receipts

Seattle Living Wage Surcharge & Income Statement Receipts
A few days ago, ABC affiliate Komo News reported that Seattle Airport parking company Masterpark has started breaking out a Seattle “Living Wage Surcharge” line on their receipts. The new surcharge is an attempt at a transparent response to the $15 dollar per hour minimum wage that Seattle passed last November. I’ve posted my thoughts ...

What Math Do You Need For Accounting

What Math Do You Need For Accounting
A while back I posted a couple articles about what do accountants do and their inability to do math. Since then I’ve seen quite a few queries accessing those pages through Google (though, depressingly, not Bing). I hope those sites are helpful for the up-and-coming accountants trying to figure out if that’s the best career ...

California Per Mile Tax Put in Perspective

California Per Mile Tax Put in Perspective
There’s no such thing as a “good” tax in terms of interference in the economy. If you tax something more, you get less of it, which means any tax is going to have some distortion on the normal transactions in a free market. That’s why knee-jerk reactions against any new tax suggestion is common, and ...

Ben Wyatt Accounting Problems with Cones of Dunshire

Ben Wyatt Accounting Problems with Cones of Dunshire
My wife and I have been avid Parks and Rec watchers since almost the beginning. It certainly helps that it has Ben Wyatt as the not-completely-terrible accountant, though, of course, they have to play off the standard accounting stereotypes throughout. The stereotype is a bit off the mark, since the only person I knew at my last ...

HuffPo Confused About Deloitte Business Hours

HuffPo Confused About Deloitte Business Hours
Have you seen the latest Huffington Post article about the accountant living out their real dream? Marc Freccero is the subject at hand, who decided to start up his DJ business instead of drudging away in an client’s audit room. Good for him for doing well at whatever he wanted to do. But HuffPo really ...

KPMG Acquires BBK, won’t call it Consulting~

KPMG Acquires BBK, won't call it Consulting~
The big news in the accounting merger world today is KPMG’s purchase of BBK (the other KPMG purchase is still just rumor). This comes hot on the heels of PwC purchasing its own consulting firm, Booz & Co, which they decided to rename to the terrible Strategy&. BBK is a relatively small advisory firm, and will ...

Jacob Soll Exaggerates Accountants’ Death

Jacob Soll Exaggerates Accountants' Death
Salon had an article yesterday provocatively entitled “First they killed all the accountants.” I read through it like I would an obituary, only to find our deaths to be a bit exaggerated. The article was an except from “The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations” by Jacob Soll. I haven’t read the ...

Apparently Men Need Work Life Balance, too

Apparently Men Need Work Life Balance, too
A while ago, someone at my previous employer mentioned that they wanted a female employee (not specific, just any female employee) to have a baby so he could help set up a successful work life balance program for that employee. One of the managers countered the point, asking if they’d be willing to set up a ...