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Reading between the lines of Trump CPA resignation letter

Richard Rampell

Mazars, former President Donald Trump’s longtime CPA agency, despatched a resignation letter to Alan Garten, his chief authorized officer, dated Feb. 9, 2022. For these not acquainted with accounting terminology, The Palm Beach Post supplies a translation of that letter under, by retired Palm Beach CPA Richard Rampell. Executive abstract: They had been shocked! Shocked! to study that Trump and his minions might have mislead them once they ready his private monetary statements.

Mazars: We give up! The Statements of Financial Condition (all of which I’ve not seen) shouldn’t be relied on for the previous 10 years and Trump ought to so inform anybody who might have relied upon them.

Translation: Your steadiness sheets exhibiting belongings, liabilities and web value every year are most likely wildly inaccurate (however wink, wink, we don’t know for certain, since we didn’t do a full-blown audit), so inform everybody you despatched them to, to ignore them in order that they don’t sue us for abetting fraudulent misrepresentations.

Mazars: “We have come to this conclusion based…upon the filings made by the New York Attorney General…our own investigation, and information received from internal and external sources.”

Translation: Even although now we have been doing his work for these 10 years, we had no thought any data we bought from Trump might have been inaccurate till the New York lawyer basic informed us. This fully caught us off guard. Really!

Mazars: “While we have not concluded that the various financial statements, as a whole, contain material discrepancies, based on the totality of the circumstances, we believe our advice [not to rely on the statements] is appropriate.”

Translation: We’re not saying the monetary statements we signed off on are full B***S***, as a result of then your bankers, insurers, tax collectors would possibly sue us too.

Mazars: “As we have stated in the Statements of Financial Condition (accountant-speak for balance sheets), Mazars has performed its work in accordance with professional standards. A subsequent review of those workpapers confirms this.”

Translation: To cowl our personal asses, our opinion letter accompanying the monetary statements disclaimed any duty for the accuracy of the statements since they had been based mostly on data given to us by your personal folks with out verification, regardless of how preposterous the estimates of worth might have been. Even although CPA companies, underneath their code of skilled conduct, are alleged to do background checks on the integrity of administration earlier than accepting a consumer (which of course we did and had been happy). So, we crammed out all the acceptable questionnaires earlier than taking over Trump as a consumer and every year thereafter (or if we didn’t, we certain did our documentation later and earlier than we handed over our information to the AG!). Indeed now we have believable deniability of any fraud. Plus, we don’t need to have our licenses suspended by the board of accountancy.

Mazars: “There is a non-waivable conflict of interest with the Trump Organization.”

Translation: If it comes down as to if we are going to take a bullet for Trump (as Michael Cohen as soon as stated), neglect it, we’re not going to jail for you now you can’t pardon us. It’s each man for himself from right here on. We have already incurred extra in authorized charges than Trump ever paid us. When lets count on a reimbursement test from you?

Mazars: “As of this writing, the…tax returns [of] Donald J. Trump and Melania Trump…remain to be filed…. The due date…is Feb. 15, 2022…. [Our colleague] Donald Bender has been asking for [missing] information for several months but has not received it.”

Translation: Karma. You at all times string us alongside till the final minute for submitting and make us work round the clock to finish your returns earlier than the deadline. Our letter is dated 6 days earlier than the deadline. The joke’s on you now, buddy. Good luck discovering one other CPA to do that by the deadline! (Note: the translator doesn’t know why the Trumps’ deadline is Feb. 15, whereas the relaxation of us have April 15. Is he on a fiscal 12 months?)

Mazars: “if those returns are filed late, there may be a late filing penalty of $10,000 per return, which will likely be subject to abatement.”

Translation: You skated on paying taxes for a very long time, let’s see you get out of this one, pal!

Post Script: Good luck refinancing your loans after your previous CPAs have stated your monetary statements can’t be trusted.

RIchard Rampell is a retired Palm Beach CPA.

This article initially appeared on Palm Beach Post: Commentary: Reading between the lines of Trump CPA resignation letter

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