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Wanted: Someone Looking to Get Experience With the New Revenue Recognition Standard

We have an ASC 606 implementation project starting in a couple weeks. This role is perfect for CPAs with software accounting experience (97-2, 08-1) looking to learn the new revenue standard on-the-job. Click here to apply. Details: Duration:  3+ months Location:  Remote (may require a couple trips to client; all expenses paid) Rate:  $65 – $85 (depends on […]

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Hard Questions on Client Service

The following sponsored content is by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Do you ever wonder what people outside your circle observe when they look at you? As a profession, if we really stepped back and reflected on our client service approach, what might we see about ourselves? One […]

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Multiple Openings: Senior Consultant, Interim CFO/COO, and Controllers All Needed

Beech Valley has four urgent accounting needs! I know it’s been quiet lately, but our client’s collective post-busy season hangover has finally worn off. We have substantial accounting and finance needs once again. Senior Consultant / Excel Wizard – Atlanta, Ga. (Local Only)  APPLY NOW Interim CFO/COO – New York, N.Y. (Travel reimbursed) APPLY NOW […]

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Meet This Firm: H.J. Umbaugh & Associates

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Please contact Jeff Phillips to learn more about firm partnerships. For nearly 70 years, H. […]

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A Special Offer for Going Concern Readers from Gleim CPA Review

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. About Gleim CPA Review As the leader in accounting exam prep, Gleim has helped candidates pass over 1 million CPA exams. Our proven teaching method prepares you to pass the CPA Exam by using diagnostic quizzes and detailed answer explanations to strengthen weak areas while cultivating […]

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Leadership and Future-ready Accounting Firms: A Conversation with Joey Havens of Horne, LLP

The following conversation is sponsored by Horne, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Earlier this year, we spoke with Joey Havens, the managing partner of Horne, LLP about complacency in the accounting profession. Since then, Joey Havens has written about the accounting profession’s leadership and planning for the future. Or lack thereof. He’s here again to talk […]

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The Future of Remote Accounting Work with Bruce Phillips of HPC

Remote accounting work opportunities are rapidly increasing. And it’s a topic we are asked about almost every day. Where are the remote accounting opportunities? How do I know if a remote accounting job is right for me? What does the future landscape of remote accounting work look like? How do I build a remote firm? We […]

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Employer-Provided Benefits Shouldn’t Keep You From Being a Freelance CPA

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. There’s a lot of legitimate reasons why freelancing may not make sense for you right now. Maybe one of your superiors at your firm is a fantastic mentor who has taken you under their wing. Maybe you’re […]

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Sell-Side Prep Consulting Need in San Diego ($60-$70/hr.)

.Beech Valley Solutions has a 2-3 month “sell-side prep” consulting need in San Diego. This project is perfect for accounting and finance professionals with Healthcare and Practice Management System (“PMS”) experience. Local professionals preferred, but non-local CPAs with the right experience will also be considered. As always, any potential out-of-town travel expenses will be reimbursed, […]

For Once, the Month-End Close Drives You to Drink for Fun

Please enjoy this sponsored content from FloQast. Join us on Thursday, May 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. for a happy hour panel discussion at the Stack Overflow office in New York City, where attendees can gain insight into best practices for managing the month-end close process. The panel will include accounting and finance executives […]

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Freelancing CPAs: What’s the Risk?

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Freelancing CPAs out-earn salaried employees in 900 fewer hours a year. That’s 900 hours – I repeat – 900 hours to watch all four hundred plus episodes of Law and Order SVU… twice. That would still leave […]

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How is the CPA Exam Graded? Understanding the CPA Passing Score

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. For many, passing the CPA Exam marks the culmination of many months of effort as well as the beginning of a lucrative career. Most know that you need a 75 to pass, but few are aware that a 75 does not represent 75% correct. Scoring a […]

Are You Choosing to Be a Future Ready Firm?

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Is your firm future ready? Let’s define future ready as the capacity to be aware, predictive and adaptive of emerging trends, innovations and changes in business, population and the social environment. It is beyond agile due to […]

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Multiple Consulting Needs on an IPO in Houston (travel included) – $45 to $70 an Hour

Beech Valley Solutions has a 2-3 month consulting need on an IPO in Houston. This project is perfect for driven CPAs who want to get experience helping a large private company go public. Specifically, we have openings on this project at the Senior Associate and Associate level, so CPAs with a wide range of experience […]

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Multiple Project-Based CPAs Needed: Remote, Atlanta ($35-$90 per hour)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be your own boss? It’s now possible for highly skilled CPAs straight out of public accounting to take control of their own careers. CPAs across the country are leveraging Beech Valley for high-paying, interesting accounting projects that fit around their schedules. Beech Valley has the following project needs. If […]

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5 Ways to Robot-Proof Your Public Accounting Job

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. It’s inevitable. They’re coming for us, but more importantly, they’re coming for you. Your job. Your livelihood. That cute associate for whom you dream about throwing your life away, yes, they’re coming for him or her too. […]

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Navigating Task-Based Simulations on the New CPA Exam

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. In the months leading up to the launch of the new version of the CPA Exam, the AICPA disclosed many details about how the format and functionality of the exam would change. One final bit of insight the AICPA offered before the new version launched addressed […]

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Here’s How You Can Travel the World After Only a Few Years in Public Accounting

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. You can read more their partnership with Accountingfly here. Given the 12 hour time difference in Beijing and the uncertainty around Internet access (i.e. Gmail and Facebook are blocked there), it may be hard to coordinate a call presently. On October 8-13 I will be visiting […]

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Accountingfly Featured Job of the Week: Audit Staff Accountant with Perkins & Co

Accountingfly’s featured job this week is an Audit Staff Accountant with Perkins & Co in Portland, Ore. Position: Audit Staff Accountant Location: Portland, Ore. Employer: Perkins & Co Requirements: 1+ year recent public accounting experience; bachelor’s degree; CPA eligible To work at Perkins & Co, you’ve got to be damn good. And if you’re up to the challenge, we’ll […]

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Is There Anything Worse Than Busy Season? Yes, Performance Reviews

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 […]

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Senior Associates Needed – $50/$65 an Hour

Beech Valley Solutions has multiple consulting needs across multiple major markets for former senior associates with 2 to 5 years of public accounting experience. Click here to apply! Experienced professionals love working with us! Our interesting contract positions help professionals wanting to spend more time with family, travel the world, or start their own side […]

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CPA Exam Introductory Screens: New Exam Edition Changes

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. The changes coming to the CPA Exam on April 1 affect several aspects of the exam, one of which is the duration. While we learned months ago that each section of the exam would now last for four hours, the AICPA recently announced another modification to […]

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Project Based CPA Needed in Chicago – $50/$65 an hour

Beech Valley Solutions has a 1-2 month consulting need in Chicago for a CPA with 2 to 5 years of public accounting experience. Click here to apply! Experienced professionals love working with us! Our interesting contract positions help professionals wanting to spend more time with family, travel the world, or start their own side business, […]

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Meet This Firm: Ryan & Wetmore, PC

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Ryan & Wetmore, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Please contact Jeff Phillips to learn more about firm partnerships. A smaller firm in the Washington […]

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The Accounting Profession’s Leadership Story Must Change

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. The world needs more leaders and the leadership gap is real. If we continue to believe as we have always believed, then we will continue to have narratives and stories like we always have. And, if we […]

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Considering an MBA? 3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Beech Valley Solutions. I’ve never been water-boarded (I keep begging my wife…), but I’m guessing it’s a lot like busy season. I’d say just about anything to make it stop…like, “maybe I should get my MBA?”. Should you? Maybe (probably not). It truly depends on a series of questions […]

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Meet This Firm: Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. If you are looking for a […]

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CPA Experience Verification: A New Service from NASBA

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. If you’re in CPA Exam land, you or someone you know has probably struggled with the CPA experience requirement. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be required to work under a CPA for 1-2 years in order to have your experience verified. However, thanks to NASBA’s […]

Deepen Your Relationships, Enhance Your Success

This sponsored content is brought to you by The Siegfried Group. You hear it everywhere, all the time: To be successful, you need to have a solid network of connections. You hear it so often and emphasized so frequently, you might find yourself wondering, “Is this just something people say? How can I develop connections […]

Big 4 Myth Busting: Staying Until Manager

It’s 2017 and the rules have changed. Taco shells are made out of fried chicken skin, the Syracuse mascot can get elected president, and you don’t have to stay to manager in public accounting to maximize your career.

Fighting Complacency in Accounting: A Conversation with Joey Havens, Managing Partner of Horne, LLP

The following conversation is sponsored by Horne, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Last month, Horne Managing Partner Joey Havens wrote a post on how the “trusted advisor” cliche has led to complacency in the public accounting. He joins us again for a conversation to talk more about  complacency in the accounting profession and the future of […]

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Meet This Firm: HORNE LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of HORNE LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “Creating value and making a difference is our […]

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Meet This Firm: Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA)

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Pershing Yoakley & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “Not a traditional firm.” “Nationwide healthcare […]

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Two Words Helping Breed Complacency in Public Accounting: Trusted Advisor

The following is sponsored content by Joey Havens, the executive partner of Horne, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. The term “trusted advisor” is so overused and embellished in public accounting—to the extent that this term now breeds complacency. In this post, we’ll explore this complacency, what our clients need and what service from a real […]

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Meet This Firm: Bohlmann Accounting Group

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Bohlmann Accounting Group, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Dress Code: “Clothing Is Mandatory. No Exceptions.” […]

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Meet This Firm: H.J. Umbaugh & Associates CPAs

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Anyone looking for a position at […]

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Meet This Firm: Cornwell Jackson, PLLC

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Cornwell Jackson, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Plano, TX, near Dallas, is home to Cornwell […]

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How to Make More Money in Accounting

This is sponsored content brought to you by Benedictine University. Almost everyone wants to make more money and why not? A bigger paycheck helps with a lot of things — paying off student loans, saving for a down payment on a major purchase, funding a new venture, travel. If you’re a partner at a firm […]

How to Advance Your Accounting Career With These Overlooked Soft Skills

This sponsored content is brought to you by the University of Scranton. We've heard about the importance of soft skills for years — to the point of nausea. But, hey, they matter. In the end, no one wants to work with someone who is rude, needy, or can’t think for themselves — even if he […]

Let’s Talk MBA Specializations With Utica College

This is a sponsored conversation brought to you by Utica College. At some point in your career, you may have heard a self-deprecating quip from someone who claimed to be a "jack of all trades, but a master of none." It's a slight nod to the idea that someone couldn't decide what they wanted to […]

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Meet This Firm: Kaufman Rossin

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Kaufman Rossin, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. South Florida firm Kaufman Rossin has four core […]

Roschke & Wall

Meet This Firm: Roschke & Wall

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Roschke & Wall, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Roschke & Wall, a small, women-owned firm located […]

Sponsored: What Do You Really Want to Do After Graduation?

Please enjoy this content brought to you by Benedictine University. Deciding what you want to do after graduation can be daunting –- not unlike knowing how to answer at age twelve the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But while the latter question doesn’t have to be answered, the question […]

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Meet This Firm: Squar Milner

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Squar Milner, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Jeff Phillips to learn more about firm partnerships. It’s actions, not words, that reinforce the inclusive […]

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Meet This Firm: Perkins & Co

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Perkins & Co, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. If you describe yourself as smart, curious […]

Sponsored: Should You Get a MAcc on Your Way to the CPA?

CPA at the end of your name? Powerful and sexy. MAcc? The verdict is still out. It can be expensive and honestly, accounting firms don’t require a graduate degree to make partner. You might think, “What’s the point?” If you already scored a high paying first job out of undergraduate without a MAcc, is it […]

Sponsored: Blind: An Anonymous App for Big 4 Employees

Our careers consume a huge portion of our lives. Each of you reading this came here in hopes of finding information pertaining to your career. We talk to friends, colleagues and turn to every online resource imaginable, yet, at the peak of today’s mobile revolution, social apps at our disposal for working professionals are largely […]

Sponsored: How a Graduate Degree in Accounting Really Pays Off

You’ve decided that graduate school is the best way to move up the corporate ladder and find a career you enjoy. Now what? The list of potential graduate degrees can seem intimidating – MAC, MBA, JD, MS and more. How do you find the degree that makes the most sense for you? A good first […]

Sponsored: The CFO Track Demands More Skills Than Ever

Have you considered changing your career track or expanding your skills profile? Please enjoy this sponsored content from Georgetown University about their Masters of Finance program. If you’re an ambitious accounting professional, you might have the title of CFO on your career bucket list. Chief financial officers are quickly becoming the most indispensable and sought […]

Sponsored: Questions to Ask an Interviewer

Please enjoy this sponsored content brought to you by our graduate university partners. Interviews are one of those things that you either walk into with a little moxy or you walk in terrified. Ideally, you've done your research and know almost everything and anything about the firm and the person you're interviewing with, your resume […]

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Meet This Firm: OUM & Co. LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of OUM & Co. LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Five things you need to know […]

Sponsored: The Evolving Accounting Education: A Conversation with University of Scranton Professor Doug Boyle

This is sponsored content brought to you by The University of Scranton. Today we welcome Dr. Douglas Boyle, Chairperson and Associate Professor of the University of Scranton Accounting Department. He has over 25 years experience in leadership, finance, operations, corporate governance and business turnarounds while serving in executive positions for a variety of startup, mid-market […]

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Meet This Firm: Santos, Postal & Company, P.C.

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Santos, Postal & Company, P.C., an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Accounting firms each have their […]

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Meet This Firm: Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C.

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “You can only move forward […]

Snyder Cohn

Meet This Firm: Snyder Cohn

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Snyder Cohn, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Commitment to staff and clients. Technologically savvy. Work/life balance. These […]

Sponsored: Guidelines for Taking an Active Role in Your Performance Management

This is sponsored content brought to you by Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. For better or worse, career progression in public accounting is tied to performance reviews. Employees tend to see these reviews as a once-a-year report card, rather than an ongoing process, and this is a mistake. By taking an active role in your […]

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Meet This Firm: Safe Harbor LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Safe Harbor LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Chun Wong started his San Francisco-based CPA […]

Sponsored Content: Apply for Senior Associate and Manager Openings at Lurie and Receive Two Packers/Vikings Tickets

This is sponsored content from Lurie, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Cheer on the Minnesota Vikings as they take on their biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 18th! The first 3 viable candidates to meet with Lurie for our current Senior Associate and Manager openings will receive two free tickets to the home […]

Sponsored: Why a Bank VP Got Her Master of Accounting Degree (And Why You Should, Too)

Please enjoy this sponsored content from The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, an Accountingfly University Partner. To move her career to the next level, Bank of North Carolina’s Vice President of Balance Sheet Strategy returned to school, adding new skills and credentials to her resume.  Are you ready for the next big step […]

Sponsored: At Armanino, Pursuing a Niche Results in More Than Just Making Partner

This is sponsored content brought to you by Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. In January 2016, Jason Gilbert became a partner at California-based Armanino LLP, 10 years after walking in the door as a 24-year-old staff accountant.  His rise took the usual hard work and talent, but he clinched the partnership spot by getting creative―and […]

Sponsored: Armanino LLP: A Silicon Valley Startup Dressed Up as a CPA Firm

Please enjoy this sponsored content featuring Armanino, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. If you’re not familiar with California-based accounting firm Armanino, it’s about time you got acquainted. You see, Armanino has quietly become one of the most innovative and respected firms in the US. And they’re pretty funny, too. In this year of the denim, no […]

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Meet This Firm: Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Michael Kalifel and Allison Harrell are […]

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Meet This Firm: Armanino LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Armanino LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. “Everyone at Armanino can write their own story. […]

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Meet This Firm: BiggsKofford

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of BiggsKofford, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Ever Think About Going Mountain Biking Before Work? That’s […]

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Meet This Firm: Sikich LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Sikich LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Growth is the word at Sikich LLP, a leading […]

Clark Nuber

Meet This Firm: Clark Nuber

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Clark Nuber, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Clark Nuber is an award-winning CPA and consulting […]

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Webinar | What’s the Difference Between MST, MAc, and MSA Programs

Investing in your career with an advanced accounting degree ( MST, Mac or MSA) is a great step, and you can maximize that investment by ensuring you focus in the areas that meet your interests and background. Learn how to choose between three prevalent advanced degree options – Master of Accounting, Master of Science in […]

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Gleim CPA Exam Coaching Session

A 60-minute CPA exam coaching session taught by Gleim professor Amy Ford, CPA. This session will cover helpful exam tips about the CPA exam in general and specifically, Amy will offer coaching on the Statement of Cash Flows. This is relevant for anyone about to take the CPA or CMA exam or who is currently […]

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Assemble the Superhero Weapons You Need to Overcome the Changing CPA Exam

So, the powers that be have called upon you to serve humanity as a defender of accounting justice. Though you may already be equipped with your accounting degree and relevant work experience, you have yet another formidable challenge to face before you can fulfill your destiny: the CPA Exam. A great shadow falls over your […]

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Meet This Firm: Squire, Lemkin + Company, LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Squire, Lemkin + Company, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Open communications, a warm family […]

BlumShapiro

Meet This Firm: BlumShapiro

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of BlumShapiro, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. BlumShapiro is the largest regional accounting, tax and business […]

What Career Questions Do You Have for Facebook’s Controller?

In this day and age, few companies have the visibility and prestige of Facebook. Yes, you have to block your Dad’s political rants, but forget all that. Facebook is a technology company working to change the world as we know it. Changing the world involves a lot of numbers that have nothing to do with […]

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Meet This Firm: Adam Shay CPA

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Adam Shay CPA, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Adam Shay CPA, PLLC wants Tax Accountants […]

Atchley & Associates

Meet This Firm: Atchley & Associates

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Atchley & Associates, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. Atchley & Associates, LLP is a full-service, […]

Lurie, LLP

Meet This Firm: Lurie, LLP

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Lurie, LLP, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. There’s public. There’s private. And then there’s Lurie. […]

KHA Accountants and Advisors

Meet This Firm: KHA Accountants and Advisors, PC

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of KHA Accountants and Advisors, PC, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. With offices in Flower Mound […]

Catching Clouds

Meet This Firm: Catching Clouds

Meet This Firm is a series of video interviews featuring the best accounting employers across the United States for high performing accounting professionals and CPAs. Please enjoy this sponsored post courtesy of Catching Clouds, an Accountingfly Firm Partner. Contact Judy Schryver to learn more about firm partnerships. This interview features Catching Clouds, a Colorado-based e-commerce accounting […]

Tips for QuickBooks Online from Fellow CPAs

The following post is sponsored content from Intuit. As a CPA, you know how time consuming it can be for you and your clients when you have to request data files to prepare your clients' taxes. Bryce Forney, CPA, demonstrates how he has easily used Intuit’s cloud-based QuickBooks Online Accountant to help him meet his […]

Check Out Our Chat with Avalara, the Sales Tax Experts, About Digital Products Taxability

The following post is sponsored content by Shane Ratigan, Content Compliance Manager at Avalara. Check back here this Wednesday at 1 pm for a live chat with Avalara who will answer your questions. You can set up a reminder below.   You don’t have to be a SALT accountant to know that sales tax is […]

What to Do When You Get a Big Pay Raise

When that first huge chunk of money hits your bank account, you may just get stars in your eyes. The accountant in you is screaming, be smart, but this ability to finally afford those expensive meals out, your brand-new apartment, and new corporate duds is oh so appealing and finally within reach. But think back […]

Career Opportunities: Mail Away Accounting Degrees

Loblaw note: this is one of those sponsored posts that no one reads.  In this day and age, no one has time to study. So that's why you should just cough up a few bucks and use your life experience to earn your advanced degree. That's right. Surviving high school alone is a feat and […]

One Secret You Shouldn’t Keep From Your Managing Partner

While the concept of transparency may seem like a good thing, there are definitely some times when you want to keep secrets from your managing partner. You know what they are: texting personal messages from your cube on your cell phone, playing Words with Friends when you should be networking for referrals and, well, you […]

Five Reasons Why Your Boss Should Buy You an iPad

Don’t laugh. Mobile is the fastest growing segment in tax and accounting technology. New document presentation and file exchange capabilities make tablets the perfect complement to cloud-based data and applications. And IT departments that once recoiled in horror at anything that wasn’t Blackberry are developing a taste for Apple.  All these factors have slowly nudged […]

Let’s Cut Through the “Noise” About Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation Programs

West Virginia University’s Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation (FAFI) program, in the College of Business and Economics, is one of the most recognized and respected programs in the world. Period.

At WVU, our program is:

• based upon knowledge gained from leaders in forensic accounting-public accounting, industry, education and government, including U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
• geared toward exposing students to best practices in an expanding field of opportunities
• created by our faculty, who facilitated guidelines for the National Institute of Justice
• leading research in forensic accounting and fraud examination through the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP)

And we’re tailoring our graduate certificate program to fit your life — by giving you the option of enrolling in a traditional classroom program or an online program (the on-program includes two, two-day residencies on WVU’s main campus). Either way, your residencies include moot court, pitching cases to prosecutors and CSI-F (Crime Scene Investigation – Financial) experiences exclusive to WVU.


There’s a lot of white noise out there about forensic accounting and fraud investigation programs, and most of it is just that.

When the Internal Revenue Service needed to train its people in best practices for detecting fraud, identifying the real thing and collecting evidence to use in court, the agency came to WVU. The WVU Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation program offers:

• hands-on case investigations
• experiential learning
• extensive exposure to outside professionals
• moot court experience
• CSIF event
• your choice: traditional classroom or online program with on-campus residencies

And if you’re a non-West Virginia resident, you are eligible for a $4,000 scholarship.

West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics even has the nation’s first-ever Ph.D. program in accounting that offers a specialization in forensic accounting and fraud investigation. Credibility, curriculum, commitment. That’s WVU.

The bottom line is that you want a program that is going to dramatically increase your skill set, make you a more valuable asset to your company and help move your career upward. Done.

True Confessions from the Server Room: Why “Good Enough” Isn’t Good Enough in Practice Management

Are you in your office? Good. Then take this article with you back to your server room. Look around. Then ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you see any floppy disks?
2. Is there a stack of printouts in the corner?
3. Does it take more than one hand to count the anagement applications you have running?

Don’t be embarrassed. Tech anachronisms like these are the mullets of the IT world, but most of us have a few of them lying around. And chances are they’re not part of your zoomy new secure client portal, your mobile-friendly website, or any other client-facing piece of technology. No, the skeletons in your server room are probably related to the ugly stepchild of tax and accounting technology: practice management.


If you’re like a lot of firms, your practice management technology has languished for years in an ugly jumble of disparate systems that has been “good enough” since the early Clinton administration. I feel your pain. But the sad fact is, “good enough” just isn’t good enough anymore.

You can’t afford to have staff entering the same data over and over. You can’t afford to wait overnight for updates to run. You can’t afford to tell clients “I’ll check the printout and get back to you.” You can’t afford to ask your employees “How long do you think that took you?” And you certainly can’t afford their answers.

The good news is, you don’t have to. Not with the new crop of integrated practice management software that integrates thorny components like time and billing, a/r tracking, and management reporting onto one slick platform. Your staff will enter data once and make it available across the entire firm in real time. You’ll be able to see the status of all your projects, who’s working on them, and who isn’t working on much of anything, all on one convenient dashboard. You’ll have the information you need to give your clients the instant answers they demand. And since your new practice management application will be capable of operating in the cloud, it will all be available to you anytime, from any Internet connection, and even on your smartphone.

Like a lot of the recent advances in cloud-based computing and mobile technology, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. But it’s more than just cool. Instant, anytime-anywhere access to practice management information is an essential survival tool in the lean new reality of tax and accounting. And so are the reduced IT expenses that come with cloud-based software.

There’s never been a better time to exorcise the skeletons from your server room, particularly with the advances being made in integrated practice management technology. “Good enough” just might be costing you more than you think.

Learn more about what the new generation of integrated practice management software can do.

Here’s a Friendly Reminder to Tune into “Let’s Talk CPA Exam” Tonight

This is just a friendly reminder that I’ll appearing on the Yaeger CPA Review weekly radio show to talk about the CPA exam. This particular chat will focus on balancing your study life and work life (i.e. you have no life). If you’re having trouble pulling it together, you can call in and I’ll motivate you like some sort of CPA exam drill sergeant.

Of course if you don’t have questions about that, you can simply call in to gripe about NASBA, BEC, or whatever else grinds your gears about this whole process.

Click here if you’d like an email reminder for this week’s show. Adrienne has promised to call in simply to heckle me so it should be pretty fun.

UPDATE: If you missed it last night, here’s last night’s show for your listening enjoyment:


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Let’s Talk CPA Exam: Working and Studying: How to Keep Your Sanity and Pass

For any of you CPA exam candidates looking to spend this Thursday evening in front of computer listening to my magical voice sharing infinite wisdom, you’re in for a treat.

You may or may not be aware that Phil Yaeger of Yaeger’s CPA Review has a weekly radio show where he talks about…wait for it…yes, the CPA exam. I’ll be the featured guest on Phil’s radio program this Thursday evening at 10 pm eastern time. We’ll be discussing the delicate balance of studying for those three special letters and working full-time. You’ll be able to call in with questions or if you feel compelled to berate me about typos or ask why Adrienne has to use so many curse words in her posts, I’ll be happy to oblige you with answers.

Click here if you’d like an email reminder for this week’s show. Whatever your motivation for calling in or listening, it should be a hoot.

Michael Oxley Is Spreading the Good Sarbanes-Oxley Word to Nonprofits

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If you’re a non-profit leader and free on April 12th, why not head to Washington and listen to Mike Oxley (yes, that Oxley, without whom SOX would still be the property of a certain Chicago baseball team and not the bane of accounting’s existence) speak about transparency and accountability for non-profits?

The ironic part, of course, is that non-profits don’t really have to suffer with the legislation named after Oxley but he’d like to see a little more, well, Oxley in NFP, even if it isn’t necessarily required by law.

[Oxley] will speak about the importance for nonprofit organizations to be transparent and ensure greater accountability with their financial standards to build on and preserve donor trust, strengthen the reputations of nonprofit organizations and associations, and enhance the overall nonprofit sector.

Attendees will include thought leaders from foremost nonprofits, trade associations and key congressional staff members. Both the House and Senate Ethics committee’s staff have deemed this a “widely attended event.”

My feelings on Sarbanes-Oxley have been expressed more than once here on Going Concern but I can sum them up thusly: more useful things could be done to “protect” the investor interest besides arcane SOX compliance and the PCAOB including but not limited to random auditor cavity searches, TSA-style interrogation of management, and waterboarding the internal audit team. Is Oxley trying to imply that non-profits should follow suit but only voluntarily and out of obligation to donors instead of investors?

Surely his plan is not that sinister.

Only because non-profits already have their own version of SOX in the Form 990 (which I have complained about before as well) that has all of their bases covered. The only SOX carry-overs are strengthened whistleblower protection and retention of documents in lawsuits, perhaps because non-profits may have been where Mike Oxley got his ideas.

SOX compliance costs averaged $2.9 million during fiscal year 2006, actually down 23% from the fiscal year previous according to FEI. Do you know many nonprofits who have that sort of cash lying around?

I think it might be better to get some advice from the guy who wrote the bill and start tightening up the ship just in case.

Recommended reading by April 11th if you’re checking out Oxley’s “I just want to be helpful” presentation: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Implications for Nonprofit Organizations (last updated January 2006). Bring a notepad.

Former Congressman Mike Oxley to Speak at Nonprofit Summit [Council for Non-Profit Accountability]

Ninety Percent of Nonprofit Execs Expect 2010 to be as Financially Difficult as 2009

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Not to be the harbinger of doom but the Non-profit Finance Fund released a survey Monday that reflects the less-than-optimistic hopes of non-profit leaders for the year ahead. Though it’s far more depressing than Financial Armageddon, it shows that non-profits are far more prepared for the worst (and more deft at handling adversity) than their for-profit counterparts. For-profit CFOs still seem preoccupied with the credit crunch while non-profits are merely trying to meet increased demand with less to provide.

America’s nonprofits expect that 2010 will be financially more difficult or as difficult as 2009, according to a survey released today by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). The survey of more than 1,300 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide also found strong evidence of the dramatic and creative steps that organizations are taking in order to maintain and even expand service delivery to meet increased demand during this time of continued economic uncertainty.

• Nearly 90% expect 2010 to be as difficult or more difficult than 2009; only 12% expect 2010 to be financially easier for their organizations.

• 80% of nonprofits anticipate an increase in demand for services in 2010; 49% expect to be able to fully meet this demand level.

• Only 18% of organizations expect to end 2010 above break-even; 35% of organizations ended 2009 with an operating surplus.

• The majority — 61% — have less than three months of cash available; 12% have none.

“We expect 2010 to be another treacherous year for many nonprofits that routinely take heroic measures to meet demand for services,” said Clara Miller, President and CEO of NFF. “The economic ‘recovery’ has not yet reached people in need, or the organizations that serve them. We must do more to repair the tattered social safety net.”

Interestingly, only 46% of non-profits surveyed said they believed they would not be able to replace government stimulus money from other sources when the money is gone. Also curious, non-profits appear to be having an easier time of getting loans. Only 30% of survey respondents said they’d applied for a loan in the last 12 months but incredibly 74% of those secured the loan. Oh and 26% said they only applied for a loan because they were waiting for late government payments.

There were quite a few memorable responses from survey participants but I think this one sums up the theme of NFF’s results pretty well: “WE DIDN’T GIVE UP.”

2010 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey [NFF]

Give It Up Tax Protesters, You’re Just Screwing Yourselves

Of the adherents of strange and puzzling belief systems – 9/11 Truthers, Fed groupies, Cubs fans – few work so hard to screw themselves as tax protesters.

By their own account, twww.rothcpa.com/archives/000480.php”>spend “thousands of hours” reading their arcane tracts, expanding on theories of why the 16th Amendment is a figment of our imagination, or why a gold-fringed flag means you’re in an admiralty court, which somehow undoes the income tax.


Or why the federal tax law only covers the District of Columbia and federal forts, or why Section 861 says U.S. source income isn’t taxable. The result? They still owe the taxes, penalties, and maybe $25,000 idiot fees from the tax court – and that’s if things go well. If they go badly, they go very badly.

Every year the IRS updates its handy debunking of tax protester arguments. It does little good. You can spend hours trying to talk tax protesters out of their ideas, but they move effortlessly from one gold-fringed bad idea to another, and they can almost sound like they make sense, until you get outside and get some fresh air. But there is one common problem in all of these “Tax Honesty” arguments: they don’t work.

No matter how convinced you are that Irwin Schiff’s theories of the income tax are true, that there is no income tax, all of the federal judges think there is one. So does the IRS, the Federal Marshals Service, and pretty much everyone in the Bureau of Prisons. What they say trumps what Irwin says, which is why the poor man is likely to die in jail.

But what about the glorious courtroom triumphs of Lloyd Long, Vernice Kuglin and Tom Cryer? They were acquitted by juries! Yes, these guys beat criminal charges. Why the juries voted the way they did, we’ll never really know. Maybe they were nullifiers, striking a blow against the income tax. Maybe they decided that the defendants really believed their schtick, so they didn’t “willfully” fail to pay their taxes. But these acquittals debunk the income tax only if the O.J. acquittal debunks California’s murder statute. Even though these guys didn’t go to jail (unlike many, including their pied piper, Irwin Schiff), they still have to pay their taxes.

Maybe you’re reading this and thinking “Of course he says that. He does taxes for a living. He’s in on the conspiracy!” If so, come on. If this stuff actually worked, I wouldn’t grind my way through every tax season pretending there is an income tax. If it worked, I would just talk to a few of my wealthiest clients, work out a deal to take 5% of their income for the next 10 years in return for making their taxes go away, wave my wand, and spend March in Mesa.

But here I am, grinding out those returns. That no more makes me “pro-tax” than believing in germ theory makes a doctor “pro-bacteria.” Still, if you really want to ruin your financial life, you’re welcome to choose your poison. But first ask yourself: are all of these big companies and rich guys who pay taxes crazy or stupid? Or is it just you?

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