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AICPA Responds to SEC's Charges Against PWC

AccountingWeb ran the story last week regarding the allegations by the SEC on inappropriate independence issues with PricewaterhouseCoopers.Now, the AICPA has issued a public statement in response to the findings by the SEC.AICPA President Barry Melancon says that "The SEC has a right to expect the profession to adhere to the rules."However, because the profession has changed since SEC and other regulatory body rules were written, the accounting
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CPA Firms Woo MBAs with Gimmicks

Want to recruit the best and the brightest to your CPA firm? Try having logo items made to pass out to MBA students, hold expensive dinners and invite prospective employees to the next big football game as your guest.These and other tactics are part of the "new wave" of recruiting efforts going on in America's schools, as firms try to compete with the "dot.coms" of the world for market share on campus.Among the CPA firms making the news in this scenario are Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and who can blame them?
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PWC Chosen by American Airlines for Reservations Upgrade

American Airlines has awarded a $70 million agreement to Big 5 giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and Sabre to upgrade the airline's reservation system.The goal is to lessen customer on-hold wait times by 25 percent through an overhaul of the telephone and computer system. Along with Sabre, PWC will develop systems in logic, databases and a new graphical user interface.The new venture also will transfer to the airline's Web site to enable faster completion of online mechanics.
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Falsified Records Sends San Francisco CPA to Prison

A San Francisco CPA will spend at least one year in Federal prison for his role in altering tax returns to secure more than $2.1 million in loans from five banks.Regen Chinn of Chinn Accountancy Corp. was found guilty for his role and was sent to prison for 33 months. Also charged was Jack Young Jr., owner of Clement Tour and Travel, for his part in the scheme.
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EY Earns Oracle Top Business Partner Award

Oracle has announced that it has bestowed its top business alliance partner award on Big 5 firm Ernst & Young.The honor was given to EY executives during Oracle's Open World conference in Los Angeles. EY received the award based on the firm's innovative way it has integrated the software into its consulting services.This award is the latest in a series of honors for EY. Last year, the GartnerGroup honored the firm as "best in class" for its Oracle applications. Oracle previously honored EY with a similar award in 1995.
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Dallas KPMG Chief Receives Top Honor

C.H. Moore, head of the Dallas office of KPMG will receive the Anti-Defamation League's Henry Cohn award at a dinner on Thursday, Jan. 13 in Dallas.The award marks the 23rd year it has been given to local community leaders. Moore is honored for his "distinguished service and leadership in preserving liberty, counteracting bigotry and advancing the cause of human rights, dignity and equal opportunity."The Anti-Defamation League is a worldwide organization dedicated to raising awareness in human and civil rights' issues.
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Free Refund Anticipation Loans Being Tested in California

H&R Block has announced that it is testing a new service in California, offering refund anticipation loans to clients at no charge.The prospect of clients getting cash in anticipation of their refunds has been popular for a few years now. H&R Block, along with many other tax return preparation outfits has been offering this service with a charge typically of about $20 or a percentage of the loan.
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Can Auditors Be Barred From Service For Missing Fraud?

In a landmark case that it sure to send shockwaves throughout the accounting profession, the SEC is seeking to bar two accountants from a Big 5 firm from signing off on public company audits because they failed to detect a massive fraud at California Micro Devices five years ago.The CPAs gave Cal Micro a clean bill of health, but an internal investigation weeks later uncovered an enormous employee fraud resulting in over one third of the company's revenue being erroneous.
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SEC Slams PwC on Auditor Independence Violations

In its continued crackdown of the auditing profession, the Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the results of an independent review, citing the partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 8,000 violations of the auditor-independence rules.The majority of the violations occurred in cases where partners or their family members owned stock or mutual funds from companies that PwC was auditing, and a percentage of the problem stemmed from the recent merge
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EY Sponsors E-business Workshop for Women

Ernst & Young has announced it will sponsor an April 5 gathering of women business leaders in New York, and will hold a special April 4 e-business workshop in conjunction with the conference.The meeting covers professional and lifestyle issues, and is organized by Women.future. It will be beamed via satellite to more than 200 locations across the world. An expected 100,000 women and men are expected to attend.Among other activities, the e-business workshop will enable attendees to divide into groups to explore issues related to dot.com economies.
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3 CPA Firms Make Fortune's Top 100 List

In its annual survey on The 100 Best Companies to Work For, scheduled for publication in January 2000, Fortune magazine has listed three CPA firms on its prestigious list.Among the best:# 17 Michigan based Plante & Moran#31 Deloitte & Touche#86 Ernst & YoungThe List is compiled based on a number of factors, including work environment, financial rewards, ben
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CBIZ Begins Integration Of Its Operations

Professional services firm consolidator Century Business Services announced today a year long effort to consolidate its offices in markets where multiple CBIZ offices exist.CBIZ will initially consolidate 10 of its largest markets where the Company has acquired multiple companies over the past three years, including its BIZ Centers in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kansas City, Colorado, Northern and Southern California, Cleveland, Chicago, and Texas.
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Online Tax Prep Available To The Public For $7.50

While tax laws continue to get more complicated, the process to complete and file a tax return is getting easier and easier.A new online service, www.completetax.com is offering taxpayers a fully integrated, interactive and customized tax processing service for just $7.50. CompleteTax offers full service "print-your-own" or electronic filing options (federal and twenty six states), and provides taxpayers with a mechanism to track refunds of electronically filed returns.
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Deloitte Invests with Brilliant Media

The Big 5 firms have begun relationships with law firms in holding equity stakes to enhance each other's practices, so why should relationships with e-firms be any different? The recently announced Ernst & Young deal with Cap Gemini is evident of this growing trend.Now, the Management Solutions and Services practice in the San Francisco office of Deloitte & Touche just announced an investment in Brilliant Media, a Web design firm also based in the Bay city.
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CPA-Client Privelege Being Challenged in Colorado

Should a state Board of Accountancy have the right to view client records without the clients permission?
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E&Y Settles Largest Suit Since Early '90s

Remember just a few years ago when some of the large accounting firms had to pay dearly for suits brought against them for savings & loan debacles? Hard to believe it was only the early '90s.Times have changed ... but perhaps they haven't in the minds of key offers at Ernst & Young.
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KPMG Reports 17 Percent Revenue Increase

KPMG International has finished the year with a 17 percent increase over the previous year with $12.2 billion in revenues.The firm attributes the increase to substantial growth in its varous business lines, including tax and assurance services. The largest growth occurred in Financial Advisory Servies with a 39 percent increase.
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Andersen Consulting Invests Heavily in Online Ventures

In an effort to entrench itself even deeper in the lucrative world of dot.coms and related consulting, Andersen Consulting has announced that it will invest as much as $1 billion over the next five years to to create Internet and electronic-oriented companies.The new company, known as Andersen Consulting Ventures, will start with $500 million in funding from Andersen Consulting.
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PWC Develops its own Web Seal Program

Following on the heels of continuously beefing up its technology consulting program, PricewaterhouseCoopers has created its own Web certification program called "BetterWeb."The Big 5 firm is offering e-commerce sites the opportunity for a third-party to measure how a site discloses sales terms, protects customer privacy and handles customer complaints.If a site measures up to the firm's standards, PWC will license a seal that companies can post on their sites. The annual fee is $15,000.
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Possible E&Y Partner Reports Large Losses

A story ran recently on AccountingWeb discussing the possible merger of Ernst & Young's consulting practice with Paris-based computer services firm Cap Gemini. Now, Cap Gemini reports a loss of $87 million in U.S. business.Cap Gemini says the loss is based, in part, to several cancelled contracts with United Way of America and the U.S.

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