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Barea Vargas & Associados, La Paz, has joined global accounting network HLB International. Established in 1995, the firm provides audit services.



Haskell & White LLP, Irvine, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County for the fifth year in a row by the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. It ranked No. 3 among midsized companies. … Intacct is expanding its corporate headquarters, adding a fourth floor at Riverpark II in downtown San Jose.



The Institute of Internal Auditors, Altamonte Springs, announced its 2016-2017 Global Board of Directors: Angela Witzany will serve as chair; J. Michael Peppers as senior vice chair; Charlotta Lofstrand Hjelm as vice chair for professional certifications; Naohiro Mouri as vice chair of professional practices; Charles T. Wright as vice chair of professional guidance; Karem Toufic Obeid as vice chair of global services; Frank M. O’Brien as vice chair of research; J. Michael Joyce as vice chair of finance/treasurer; and Larry Harrington as immediate past chair and Anton van Wyk as immediate past global chair.


PrimeGlobal North America has named two new North American members to its World Board of Directors: Bert Mills, managing partner of Moore Colson, and Elaine Pantel, principal of Shimmerman Penn LLP.


The U.S. levies one of the lowest property purchase taxes in the world on prime real estate, charging on average 0.6 percent, or $6,000, in tax on a property purchase of $1 million, according to a new study by UHY. That’s far lower than the global average of 3.3 percent ($33,038) for properties worth $1 million. For more, visit the UHY site. … Sikich LLP, Naperville, has been named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois by The Daily Herald Business Ledger and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. The firm ranked No. 4, up from No. 7 last year.


Remote Quality Bookkeeping, Bridgewater, has formed an alliance with The Profit Experts, Allen, Texas, to use the latter’s forecasting software to help its clients better manage cash flow/profits and operations.


Studio Commerciale Antonio Valentini, Dogana, has joined global accounting network HLB International. Established in 1994, the firm provides accounting, tax services, general consultancy and administrative assistance as well as strategic and business planning.



The National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation announced the 32 student winners of its annual scholarship awards. (See the story.) 

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