New Vault Accounting Ratings Painfully Predictable

New Vault Accounting Ratings Painfully Predictable
Each year while I was in public accounting we were required to take the Vault Accounting survey to fabricate report how we felt about our employer. This year’s Vault Accounting ranking were just released, and the results were depressingly unsurprising. Number 1, just like last year, was PwC. After that, the accounting firms magically fell ...

Completely Unsolicited Bluebeam Revu Review

Completely Unsolicited Bluebeam Revu Review
During my first year in public accounting, we moved to a paperless environment (though the amount of paper that accumulated on my desk would indicate that “paperless” was a bit of a misnomer). To make our lives easier, each tax accountant was given a PDF markup program called Bluebeam Revu. If you haven’t heard of ...

Work Emails on Weekends – Will it ever end?

Work Emails on Weekends - Will it ever end?
Work emails on weekends are up there with rush-hour traffic and automated phone systems on customer support lines: it’s annoying enough to drive you mad, yet we grudgingly put up with it.Work emails on weekends was one of primary motivators for me leaving public accounting, with that 2 pm request from a partner on a ...

Gender Inequality — Equal Pay for Women

Gender Inequality -- Equal Pay for Women
My Google Alerts reminded me this morning that it was Equal Pay for Women day yesterday. The idea behind the day is that since women earn 77-cents on every dollar a man makes, it takes until this week for a woman to make up for the pay gap due to gender inequality. The particular article ...

Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue Not So High

Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue Not So High
John Hickenlooper, known as The Hick locally, announced that the Colorado marijuana tax revenue would be about $20 million lower than expect (Link to the Denver Post, natch). Still, that leaves about $114 million in marijuana tax revenue, which isn’t too shabby for the state. I’m still personally against Colorado being among the first two ...

Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2014

Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2014
One of my pet peeves about our government is how its accounting system is out of line with what it requires for publicly traded companies. I’m not saying that the two should be in complete alignment (just like a tech company’s accounting will be different from an oil and gas company), but certain provisions within ...

EU Tries to Loosen the Big 4 grip

EU Tries to Loosen the Big 4 grip
Anyone familiar with the accounting world knows that most of the power is concentrated in the Big Four accounting firms. I worked in Accounting Firm number 5, which sometimes acted like we were the little sibling  trying to play with our older brothers’ and sisters’ friends (despite the Grant Thornton leadership saying we were happy ...

Would Gradeless Accounting 101 Work?

Would Gradeless Accounting 101 Work?
Between learning about the new changes to Windows 8.1 Update 1 (really stupid name, guys. Please change it to Windows 8.1.1.0, because that’s way more user friendly) and the Amazon Fire TV, a Google Alert pointed me to an opinion article at Gannon University. With my college days now long gone, normally I wouldn’t bother ...

Deloitte Report – Rent Movies instead of Buy

Deloitte Report - Rent Movies instead of Buy
I once had an accounting professor who said accountants were like the prostitutes of the business world – they’ll do anything you want for the right price. I’ll let him take the glory/blame for such analogies, but there’s certainly something to it. Take this recent study from Deloitte. Someone hired them to determine American’s view ...

Who Watches the Taxman–IRS Scandal Update

Who Watches the Taxman–IRS Scandal Update
The whole IRS Scandal unfolding has been interesting to watch from the sidelines. It’s something I’ve chosen not to comment on one way or the other, mostly because I have nothing to add other than my half-informed opinion based on other people’s half-informed opinion. All I know is what I’ve read in the news:  the ...