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THIS WEEK'S NEWS

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  1. Senate Probe Targets KPMG Tax Shelters KPMG Responds
  2. SEC Alleges Fraud at Gateway, Charges Three Former Execs
  3. Professional Costs in Enron Bankruptcy May Hit $1 Billion
  4. Morgan Stanley Pays $50 Million to Settle SEC Action
  5. "Tough Love" Approach Sought For Accounting Firms That Don't Reform
  6. Gates Unveils Technology to Fight Spam, Boost Security
  7. 2003 MAP Survey Reveals CPA Firm Growth Despite Sluggish Economy
  8. IRS Issues New Guides For Charitable Organizations
  9. ASA, AICPA Reach Educational Equivalency Agreements For BV
  10. Software Firms, California at Odds Over Free E-Filing Services

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Change is everywhere - including for me personally and for AccountingWEB.com. After four and a half years of growing AccountingWEB (has it been that long!) I have decided to pursue a very exciting career opportunity to develop and grow a continuous improvement consulting practice called Upstream Midwest, a division of William F. Gurrie & Co., Ltd. (Gurrie) a Chicago area CPA firm.

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So, what about AccountingWEB? First and foremost, it is in very capable hands. My business partner, my life partner, my wife - Kelly McRae-Platt - has been a dynamic force in the growth of AccountingWEB since its inception and will be stepping into the leadership role here. Since 1999, Kelly has been intimately involved with every aspect of AccountingWEB, handling editorial development, business development, operations, and preparation of these newswires that you receive each and every week. And while I'm stepping down as CEO, I'm not stepping out of AccountingWEB - I still have too much to say, and will continue with these editorials and with presentations at association and state society meetings and other accounting related conferences.

AccountingWEB will continue to bring you relevant, timely and provocative news and information on what's happening in the accounting profession, and will continue "to inform, to enrich, to enlighten and to entertain you".

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS

1. Senate Probe Targets KPMG Tax Shelters KPMG Responds

Accounting firm KPMG's efforts to market four questionable tax products were the focus of Senate hearings this week. Find out what they were investigating, and read KPMG's response.

- More Firm News

2. SEC Alleges Fraud at Gateway, Charges Three Former Execs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week charged three former Gateway Inc. executives with fraud for an earnings manipulation scheme engineered to meet the expectations of Wall Street analysts.

- More SEC News

3. Professional Costs in Enron Bankruptcy May Hit $1 Billion

Enron has already spent more than $514 million in legal, professional and accounting fees since the company filed for reorganization in December 2001. According to other reports, the company predicts it will spend $146 million on professional fees in the second half of this year alone.

- More Trend News

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4. Morgan Stanley Pays $50 Million to Settle SEC Action

The SEC announced this week the institution and simultaneous settlement of an enforcement action against Morgan Stanley for failing to provide customers important information relating to their purchases of mutual fund shares.

5. "Tough Love" Approach Sought For Accounting Firms That Don't Reform

Accounting firms should "save themselves" to restore confidence in the industry, but those that don't clean up their practices will face tough penalties, said the head of the new accounting oversight board.

- More Reform/PCAOB News

MORE NEWS...

6. Gates Unveils Technology to Fight Spam, Boost Security

7. 2003 MAP Survey Reveals CPA Firm Growth Despite Sluggish Economy

8. IRS Issues New Guides For Charitable Organizations

9. ASA, AICPA Reach Educational Equivalency Agreements For BV

10. Software Firms, California at Odds Over Free E-Filing Services

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