GE owes $200 Million fine

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According to Accounting today, General Electric Co. was fined $200 million for allegedly misleading investors about the finances of its gas-power unit, as well as a run-off insurance business. Questions: According to the article, what did GE fail to explain to its shareholders? What is GE required to report for the first year to the… Read more »

SEC goes after COVID disclosures

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According to Accounting Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has settled charges against Cheesecake Factory Inc. over “materially false and misleading” statements after the restaurant chain failed to disclose the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. Questions: What was the penalty? According to SEC’s order, how much was… Read more »

Scamdemic

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According to the Department of Justice, three family members were arrested in New York for misrepresenting employee payroll figures to receive COVID-19 loan funds for a chain of family-owned nail salons. Questions: According to the report, how was the payroll misrepresented by this family? What federal organizations were involve in the identification of these fraudsters?… Read more »

AICPA fires back!

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The AICPA takes issue with Charles Rettig, IRS Commissioner, for penalizing taxpayers and businesses when the IRS is failing to process returns on time. Questions: Who is the Congressional member who entered the AICPA letter into the Congressional Record, regarding this issue? What is the aggregate backlog of mail at the IRS? Why isn’t the… Read more »

What Type of Accounting Firm Would You Like to Start?

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Kyle Walters asks the question: ” As an accountant, would you rather be a dentist or a surgeon?” Questions: What does Walters’ question have to do with establishing an accounting firm? Which structure of an accounting firm best fits your goals and work habits? What is scope creep? What are the three components to consider… Read more »

Next Time Wear a Cold Water Wetsuit

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According to CBS, Sacramento, a fleeing Ponzi scheme suspect is now in custody after a daring escape on a submersible scooter from FBI agents. Questions Who is the subject and what is alleged? Where did this take place? How long had the subject been under FBI surveillance? What is the sentence that the subject faces?… Read more »

The Digital World Wins

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This very interesting article in the New York Times details how robotics has helped revive Savile Row, an area in London where tailoring companies established as early as 1819, work to survive the pandemic. Questions: In what ways does the company use robotics? How did the quarantines sap profits and the way the companies usually… Read more »

Wearable COVID Trackers: Business, Surveilance, or Both?

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According to the New York Times, sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance. Questions: What are the benefits of these devices? What are the costs of these devices? What fact in this article was the most interesting to you? How would you feel… Read more »

Sad Times at Landmark Hotels

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This time of year is usually when America’s luxury hotels are starting to prepare for busy holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities. Unfortunately, most of these luxury hotels have lost well over half their business and told most of their staff that they are not needed. Questions: According to the article, the hotel industry… Read more »

Shaky Pension Times Ahead

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According to the Washington Post, while the Federal Reserve has done a lot to help keep our economy afloat, they have set the stage for problems ahead for pension funds and potential pension recipients, particularly those with bond-heavy portfolios. Questions How are near-zero interest rates are worsening the financial problems  of Social Security? How are… Read more »