You know, I debated posting this as a Busy Season Zen as it’s less zen and more… I don’t even know. But I figure at this stage in the game, you could use a break or at least be reminded that there’s a big, weird, wonderful world out there beyond your cubicle. Yeah, let’s go […]
Well, it’s Friday so you know what that means, time for another edition of Busy Season Zen. I scoured the Interwebs to bring you a quality video today, one that doesn’t involve baby doggos or kitties or children because sometimes the whole “it’s cute because it’s a baby” thing gets old. It’s a true shame […]
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to grow up so you could eat candy for dinner and stay up as late as you want? And then you actually became an adult and realized you’re so tired from the never-ending rat race that you can’t wait to take a nap and refresh […]
You know it’s tax season when an accountant who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for identity theft is just too busy to go to jail right now. Such is the case for Randy Usow of Mequon, Wis., who agreed to plead guilty to one count of theft of government property and one […]
Hello and welcome back to another Friday edition of Busy Season Zen. The good news is it’s Friday, the bad news is it’s still busy season. Hopefully you’re taking care of yourself with good nutrition, rest when possible, and a bath or two when the mood strikes. More likely, however, you’re performing your own personal […]
You guys have probably seen or heard that as of Feb. 8, the average tax refund was $1,949, down 8.7% compared to the first two weeks of tax season last year. And you’ve probably seen or heard that economists and tax experts are saying it’s way too early to start rioting in the streets, as […]
I’m not even entirely sure what this ASMR thing is, beyond over-sexualized little kids whispering creepily and people running over Tide Pods. Apparently this is supposed to be satisfying to some people? OK. Back in my day, we just smoked weed and played GTA like normal people to unwind. Kids these days, I swear. Anyhoo… […]
How’s it going? We’re early in the season so I would imagine some of you are still hanging in there. But before you know it, you’re going to be facing vitamin deficiencies and potential nervous breakdowns. Maybe this will help. Need more zen? Here’s all the Busy Season Zen your poor broken heart can handle. […]
Alright y’all, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Busy Season Zen is back. Those of you who have been around since the good ole days will recognize it as a weekly feature that has absolutely nothing to do with accounting and everything to do with giving you a break […]
At least I think it’s a dick.
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Busy season. It’s the hardest time of year for me as a CPA. But I don’t work in tax. I don’t work in audit. I don’t even work in public accounting. I work in industry as a controller. Busy season is brutal for because of the lies and deception … because any time I interact […]
SEC Charges Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes With Fraud [WSJ] Ms. Holmes and Theranos’s former president, the SEC said, perpetrated ” an elaborate, yearslong fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business and financial performance.” As part of the settlement, Holmes gives up control of the company she founded in […]
Are your frequent flyer miles starting to rack up? Busy season can be hard enough when your clients are local. Add travel and some sleep deprivation, and it can make even the most cheerful manager bite your head off. Here’s what I recommend to you so you’ll be well rested and able to respond with […]
Cut holiday vacation short to read the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Implement “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” charge code. Cram 40 hours of CPE into 4 days. Stare at children to remember their faces. Document rationale for becoming a corporation. Refill Zoloft prescription. Write farewell emails to non-profit clients. Stock up on bubble wrap. […]
I know that I need to leave my job in 3 to 4 months, but I just don’t know when I should let my workplace know. I am getting married and my coworkers and leadership know, but what they don’t know is thay I am moving to my fiancé’s city (across the country). I want […]
Busy season stress is no joke. When it hits and those 60-hour work weeks start piling up, where do you turn? You could (and probably will) drain every last drop out of the company coffee pot or slam green energy drinks composed of dubious ingredients. You’ll probably take a few Office Space-style breaks along the […]
Imagine getting paid by the hour during busy season. Sure, salaried employment is great, and it makes sense for a lot of CPAs. But if you’re someone who isn’t sold on climbing the corporate ladder to enter yourself into the partner lottery 15 to 20 years into your career, then there’s a more flexible and […]
Now that busy season is over, and you’ve had some time to yourself, work schedules go back to normal. Same old, same old. So it’s a good time to assess what you learned. Doing that can give you a picture of how your firm managed the stress of filing season—and, more importantly, how you did. […]
Certain accounting publications which are not Going Concern have all kinds of suggestions for how you should be spending your life post-busy season, sadly the majority of said suggestions involve everything but decompressing from the worst months of your miserable life to date. Now is not the time for introspection. It is not the time […]
Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Cancer, terrorists, undigested corn – all significantly worse than busy season. But what about within the confines of public accounting? Is there anything worse than busy season? Yes, and it’s formal professional feedback. A late 2015 survey […]
Is there anything better than popping bubble wrap? No. No there is not. The Los Angeles office of Cohn Reznick seems aware of that fact, as they spent part of the day yesterday de-stressing with a little contest: #fun #video, contest to #pop #bubblewrap – a great day with a “pop” theme for #stressrelief during […]
Ugh, busy season. 8 hours of sleep? Try 5-6 — on a good day. And, to add insult to injury, we are mocked by the fact that we are losing another precious hour this weekend (daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 12). If sleep deprivation makes you want to cry, I tracked down some ways you […]
Nothing can make your life a living hell more than a boss that turns everything into a last minute fire drill, especially during busy season. We’ve all had those bosses. Gallup’s research reveals that only about one in 10 people possess the talent to manage. These are not good odds. It’s almost like these bosses […]
Now that February is in full swing, the venting of busy season problems on social media is bound to pick up for the duration. I noticed that many of these occurred on Saturday, which suggests some firms are ignoring Rachel’s advice. Haven’t had a day off since January 1st. On the verge of a […]
With every busy season, I, and most everyone around me, met the occasion with dread. We knew burnout was inevitable. It was interesting to observe how attitudes shifted from first year associate up the ladder. First year staff typically met the occasion with anticipation and slight uncertainty. Professionals that had a few busy seasons under […]
With the recent “controversy” from the article posted on CPA Trendlines, we now have to discuss mandatory Saturdays. I can’t help myself. Stop making Saturdays mandatory. Seriously, just stop. How is this still a thing? (I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately.) And when I say stop making Saturdays mandatory, I mean […]
Back when I was a tax associate, my colleagues and I would watch the Hoops and Yoyo “It’s Sarcastic Wednesday.” The part that cracked me up the most was when they say, “I’ll do large amounts of free work for a slice of pepperoni!” But why is it so funny (but not really funny at the same time)?
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Oh glorious November, you are so sweet to me. You give me a time of low billable hour goals, clients on vacation, and tons of admin hours. In a world of crazy deadlines and overtime, this month is like public accounting nirvana.
I have a question about how the audit busy season typically works at a Big 4 firm. I work as an auditor at a smaller regional firm now and during our busy season we work 60-65 hours per week (Monday-Saturday) from mid-January through April 15. Once our audit work gets wrapped up around mid-March then […]
When busy season ends, it takes time for many accountants to adjust to the 40ish-hour workweek again. For those of you who don't suffer from the martyrdom complex the return to a somewhat normal life is a welcome change. But for others, there are different feelings: @going_concern an article addressing getting out of post busy […]
As you may know or be experiencing right this very second, it’s a stressful time of year for accountants and the people around them. Whether you’re working on tax returns or year-end audits or any other professional number crunching activity, that stress can cause people to make mistakes.
Did you pass all four parts of the CPA exam on the first try? Well, lucky you. It was score release day. I'd passed AUD, BEC, and FAR –- REG was the last piece. The worst piece. The bane of my existence. To this day, my shoulders clamp up a little if you ask me […]
If you are leading a team this busy season, it's likely that a conflict or two may arise and passive-aggressive behavior may result. When you have a group of people sitting on their asses for hours, day after day, not seeing daylight for months on end, it's inevitable. When passive-aggressive behavior does happen, there are […]
Happy New Year, y'all! I spent New Year's Eve watching my beloved Michigan State Spartans lose the Cotton Bowl and compiling a list of resolutions so we can kick off Busy Season 2016 right! You should be able to keep these going for at least a week or so. Learn something sweet in Excel –- […]
Now that it's December, it's easy to focus on the distractions of the holidays and the impending busy season. Since we're acutely aware of this fact down here at the ol' blog factory, we adjust our editorial whims to suit the season. Last week, Leona was in the midst of a Biggest Loser binge, so […]
While ya'll have been diligently protecting our capital markets, I've been binge-watching a million seasons of “The Biggest Loser” on Hulu. Why didn't anyone tell me about this show? I would have started watching it years ago! Meanwhile, I've also been scrolling through “office workers are all going to die of stress-induced heart attacks” articles. […]
I work for a smaller CPA firm comprised of about 15 auditors. I want to accept an offer for another position but am worried that it may be too close to busy season right now to quit. I can see quitting at a bigger firm in September isn't that huge of a deal but since […]
Yes, your busy season may have ended weeks ago but April 15th is still an important date for many accountants. To reach this day with your sanity intact is no small feat so why not enjoy your survival with some joyful lunacy? Here is 6 minutes of cinematic maniacal laughter that should help you feel […]
Perhaps you gleaned this from the exhaustive tournament we hosted recently, but we'll bring it up again: working a lot of hours causes a lot of problems. Among these problems: drinking. Harvard Business Review has the latest scientific research: Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and colleagues found that people who log […]
April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes. Of course, it also can bring tornadoes and all sorts of severe weather that will send your furry friends (and maybe you) running under the bed. However, the sound of rain falling and rolling thunder does give many people a sense of peace. Ten hours of it will get […]
In a clever bit of branding, Intuit partnered with Rhode Island-based Revival Brewing Company to create CPA IPA, a "special beer for accountants only." They plugged it in the RI-press, hosted some happy hours across the state, "where accountants enjoyed some free beer to de-stress," and then, most certainly, went back to answering customer complaints […]
The Big Lebowski is a cinematic masterpiece. Fact. Other films by Ethan and Joel Coen have been given awards but none of them will ever achieve the legendary cult following like TBL. It inspired a multi-city festival. Before there was "U mad, bro?" there was, "Calmer than you are." It spawned a philosophy for crying out loud. […]
I don't need to tell you why March is such a great month, but I'll rehash anyway. There are universal loves like longer days and warmer weather, but for the public accountant, March marks a different kind of beginning that goes beyond saying adios to winter. March means that the trepidation of another busy season begins […]
March Madness begins this week, so it seems appropriate that today's BSZ have a basketball theme. Although I'm not much of a basketball fan these days, I do enjoy the sound a ball makes when it goes through hoop in a perfect swish. Luckily, there I found a 2-minute montage of perfect (and some not […]
I work for a small CPA firm that does both audit and tax. I realize now during my first busy season this is not the right career for me. The long hours and lack of leadership from partners and management make me hate going into work everyday. I am a little bit older (34) and […]
There's something cathartic about watching confections silently go through their manufacturing process. Or maybe it's frightening? Or frighteningly cathartic? Clearly, these sorts of things are important to you all; hopefully it gives you some peace today. [YouTube via r/factoryporn]
Anyone getting any Busy Season goodies or treats beign sent to their office? I just got this from Thomson Reuters
In case you haven't noticed, we've been combing Twitter the last few weeks to find the best (or is that the worst?) of busy season problems. From nightmares about spreadsheets to a completely jacked up circadian rhythm, things are getting rough out there. Of course, no more rough than previous busy seasons. In years gone […]
Watching guinea pigs play basketball is infinitely better than watching any NBA game for several reasons. Among them: 1) Guinea pigs are adorable; 2) Quality of play; 3) No timeouts, therefore, no needless stalling until the end of the game; 4) Better music than you'll hear at any arena; 5) No Kobe Bryant.
From our pals at the Maryland Association of CPAs: I suggested on Facebook that this could be your new favorite Saturday t-shirt but some of you are probably ready to order 30 of these and wear one every day. Earlier:#BusySeasonProblems: Bad Dreams, Late Night Housekeeping, More Bad Dreams
It’s busy season and most accountants are feeling the physical and emotional pain of long hours. While cryptic underhanded messages are the last thing you need, there’s no stopping anyone from sending mixed messages. I’ve been there and it takes time to fully understand what people are saying to you. For all you newbies, […]
A couple of years ago, Car and Driver ran a 5-episode series on its YouTube channel called The Destruction Hour. As you might expect, it's just 60 minutes of cars being crushed at a junkyard. They do manage to get through quite a number of cars in one hour, however. It's a little tedious to […]
We're going to take a different approach to Busy Season Zen today, as it's getting to that point where cute ducklings and cuddly kittens may not be doing it for you. Perhaps you've seen this video making the rounds, and if so forgive me. Actually no, don't, I don't care. 11foot8 is a site that […]
Nope, not copious amounts of alcohol.
There's an adorable video going around of a kitten meeting some ducklings but we just did a duckling video so we'll be skipping that one this week. What we do have is 3 whole hours of ocean. No cute puppies, no sound effects, no comments. Just ocean. Sweet, calming, beautiful ocean. Enjoy.
Fresh from the tip box this week, we discover that McGladrey CEO Joe Adams is "personally" trying to get his people in the spirit of the season. Busy season, that is. Yes, please send your kid Joe Adams' regards for celebrating her birthday without you yet again. After all, it's all about that McGladrey experience!
This busy season, you're probably going to be eating a lot of pizza. So much so that by the time busy season is over, you'll probably have a Walter White moment if anyone dares show you one more pizza. Since it's still early in the game, you'll probably find this little hamster eating a little […]
So, CalCPA has this interesting article about managing stress that is definitely worth a read but it's the following description that really stood out to us: The accounting profession, much more so than most, has been known for its high stress environment and culture. I’ve seen an increasing lack of healthy life balance result in […]
Let’s assume that you’ve bought into the quantified-self craze. Your wearable technology measures every breath you take and every move you make, so now it's time for new frontiers, as in something other than the fast food drive-thru lane. It’s always easiest to start with low-hanging fruit, such as your co-workers. Body Mass Index is […]
With tax season officially upon us, you're going to need this now more than ever. Relax, hit play, and enjoy. Repeat as needed.
While we were diligently combing through YouTube today, we realized that YouTube is kind of a sick place. Maybe it's our viewing habits but how difficult can it be to find a cute, soothing video to chase the busy season blues away? Enter Bob Ross. Yes, that Bob Ross. We should have probably saved this […]
On Monday morning, a new face joined me in the elevator. He donned professional attire and wore a sullen look. “Back to work?” I asked. “Yes and not looking forward to it,” he replied. In contrast, I was in a completely different space. After taking ten days off, I was returning to four weeks of […]
Last year, we tried to ease your busy season blues with cute, mind-numbing videos every Wednesday in a feature we called Busy Season Zen. We're getting an early start on it this year even though your agony hasn't quite started because all of us could use a distraction right about now. Feel free to bookmark […]
Hello All, I am currently a FY associate at a large firm and my alma mater is playing in the national championship next monday. It is a relatively small office, but I am currently unassigned next week along with some of the other new hires. I spoke with my coach and our busy season doesnt […]
McGladrey isn’t just clinging to the billable hour, they’re trying to put a ring on it.
I'm thinking about going back to public accounting just for the upcoming busy season. How much do seasonal hires typically make for auditing ($/hr) at a top 10 firm? I have 2 busy seasons under my belt and would be the in charge for some jobs and be the staff on others.
Now that another tax season is on the books, we wanted to find out what accountants do after April 15th. We asked the Business Advisory Professionals group on LinkedIn and here are the responses we received: • "Take a vacation and ride my Harley" • "Take a long week off then assess the season and […]
With Tax Day come and gone, we're wrapping Busy Season Zen for now. Yeah yeah, not all of you are in tax, and those of you that are still have extensions and amended returns and all that… we get it. If you guys want a weekly video of puppies or kittens or hot lava eating […]
Sometimes you need more than just a cute, weird animal. So for this week's edition of Busy Season Zen, we're giving you not one but TWO video escapes. First, the armadillo. You may think it looks like a rat in armor but I think it's adorable. If that wasn't enough for you, maybe you'd like […]
I bet you have a half-eaten donut sitting next to you right now. You might want to polish it off before you read this. It's from Yahoo so don't bet the bank on it but, hey, just passing it along: But here's what's interesting. Sometimes the extra pounds can be blamed on the work environment. […]
I will admit I was on McGladrey's Success Starts Here blog looking for something to troll. And I will admit that while I was reading entries from "interns" I threw up in my mouth a little bit. But then I scrolled down and found this: Always willing to try something new, the McGladrey Boston office […]
You may have seen this one already as it's been around for a few years but just in case, we're sharing it because some of you are in the home stretch and need something not quite as strong as Xanax but stronger than some regular old cute kittens. Check it out. Warning: sound, and you […]
With Easter nearly upon us (for those of you still grinding away, that's the holiday where you might be able to lug a ham sandwich to the office and some HR airhead will leave a single Cadbury creme egg on your desk), this seems a fitting Busy Season Zen entry for this week. Let's see […]
We all know most of you have your "go to" track to put your head down and tear up some motherfarking tax returns with earbuds firmly planted in both ears the outside world be damned so do share with the class. What's on your busy season playlist? I'm a tad partial to Saul Williams' List […]
Let’s all agree that drinking at the office during busy season isn’t a good idea – for you or your clients. So what are some other ways accountants can battle the effects of continuous stress and long hours in the coming months? Here are four stress-busting ideas: 1. Take your break at a hockey game. […]
Welcome back to Wednesday, which means yet another edition of Busy Season Zen. If you're having a particularly rough day, you can find past Busy Season Zen installments in the archive filled with more cuddly and cute than you can handle. This week, we're changing things up a little bit because why not? Let's see […]
You have been warned:
Ex-Grant Thornton partner gets 4-1/2 years for $4 mln theft [Reuters, Earlier]Craig Haber will be hanging at Club Fed for a while despite his lawyer's plea for leniency: "His lawyer, Michael Bachner, sought leniency and had asked for a non-prison sentence, citing Haber's lack of a prior criminal history and his need to supervise his […]
It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another installment of Busy Season Zen. How's everyone doing? Terrible, you say? Cool, me too. YouTube has been a bit wonky all morning (GET IT TOGETHER, GOOGLE) but we finally coaxed an embed code out of them for your viewing pleasure — if you can't see the video, […]
We're hearing unconfirmed rumors from several sources that two auditors — a senior and a second year — were recently busted getting busy in the audit room at the client site. No, we aren't talking about getting busy ticking and tying, we mean getting down and dirty with a little one-on-one double entry. Since no […]
Lest you all get too comfortable with baby animals, we're switching things up a bit today. This one is a little long but also a lot soothing; just the thing to carry you away to another place in the midst of your busy day. Enjoy.
A reader sent along this article on how campaign managers can easily work 60 – 80 hours during campaign season (oh the horror!) and promised we'd find an interesting bit buried in it. Sure enough, how about this? Burnout sets in fast. For every 10 hours of weekly overtime, you’ll need an extra day off […]
A Republican’s Tax Overhaul Envisions Big Changes [NYT]The best quote in this article indicates that Rep. Camp is on the right track with his bill: "To get those rate reductions, Mr. Camp would leave behind what Chris Krueger, a policy analyst at Guggenheim Partners, called a 'veritable killing field of sacred cows.' " Tax Overhaul […]
Just in case you're throughly entrenched in the FML stage of busy season, we thought we'd take this opportunity to remind you the grass is always greener on the side where the dog likes to drop a deuce. So remember, no matter how bad you think you have it, surely someone has it worse. Like […]
Welcome back to Busy Season Zen, your weekly break from the madness. If you need a little extra zen in your life, feel free to swing by to say hello to the happy sea otter, playful pandas, clumsy penguins, and/or carrot-crunching bunnies. We've pretty much covered baby animals so we figured we'd do something a […]
Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking [Harvard Business Review] Mac users, I hope you've already updated (this goes for your devices too) due to a major security flaw [Mac Rumors] 12% of Americans say it's OK to cheat on taxes [CNN Money] A California couple taking their dog for a walk found $10 million in […]
Life at Deloitte should really make this the link in their Twitter bio.
Acceptance is not a stage.
Try not to squee audibly, you might frighten your coworkers.
Blaming Big Corporations Is Not the Answer [Tax Analysts]David Brunori is sick of the tax shaming: "American companies making profits overseas have little reason to bring the money home. Their keeping money overseas to escape taxation is rational. Making IBM out to be the bad guy — which other media reports also have done — […]
CPA Trendlines has a list of "busy season survival tips" that, while useful to some, might be as rudimentary as reminding a living thing to breathe and ingest food-type matter more than once a year to stay alive. Like: Relax EXCELLENT TIP, I'm sure no one who has ever been stressed out ever thought to […]
Welcome back to Busy Season Zen, our weekly break from the monotony of your miserable life. I swore after I fell on ice and broke my face a weeks back that I would never indulge in videos of people falling ever again because it most certainly wasn't funny when it happened to me (although I […]
Even the most bitter, angry individual can't help but smile at the sight of little pandas having fun on a slide, even if this was potentially done for the entertainment of tourists while the pandas live out a life in captivity. Forget I said that, just watch. Aww. If you have a Busy Season Zen […]
I have no idea what took us so long but effective today, we're going to run a weekly Busy Season Zen moment for you to forget about your troubles and gently fade into a moment outside of yourself where there is no work, no annoying guy loudly yapping a few cubes down, no PCAOB inspectors, […]
Ed. note: forgive the brief FN or don't, I'm preparing for CPA Day in Maryland this week all while trying to rescue a cat or two from the NYC shelter with Colin MIA in the UK with TPTB leaving me holding this bag all on my own. So here's what you get, if you have […]