Increased Pressure May Cause Ethical Dilemmas

Recently I had a job interview with a company. After interviewing with the head of the department, I was handed an accounting test. My recruiter had mentioned that I would participate in a phone interview, an in-person interview and finally a test. He mentioned that they had

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The Learning And Knowledge Sharing Journey

I’ve worked in a few different industries during my career and have had at least some exposure to others working in a CPA firm; however most of my career has been spent in construction. Late last year, I had an opportunity to take a very exciting new

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Preparing Students For Their Future In The CPA Profession

As an accounting professor, I spend a considerable amount of time developing courses to help prepare students for their careers. As we all know, it is critical for them to learn the proper mechanics to build a strong foundation. At the upper level, future CPAs collaborate on

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Globalization: What It Means For CPAs

Globalization could be defined by some as a worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration (Businessdictionary.com).  In other words, business is expanding and the world is shrinking, relatively speaking. That definition should seem straight-forward to us as CPAs in the United States where we should

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Exceptional Leadership Is More Than A Title

Stop and think for a couple minutes about the following question. Who would you identify as an exceptional leader? Now that you have identified an individual, take a few minutes to consider the qualities that make this individual an outstanding leader. What characteristics does this individual possess

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Collaboration: Working For The Better Or Working With The Enemy?

Recently, I was working on project with a “non-accountant.” The “non-accountant” term is just for clarification and may play a part later. So back to the story, we were working on a client and discussing the background and problem we were looking to solve.  My colleague began

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The BYOD Era

It seems to be the craze right now – BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).  My firm finally put a policy into place this spring on BYOD and along with it came a cell phone reimbursement plan.  (If your firm or company has a BYOD plan in place,

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Choosing A Tax Preparer Can Be Risky Business For The Public

Like many CPAs, I prepare tax returns, provide tax consulting and, if needed, will represent my clients to the IRS. Representing our firm’s clients is something that we note in our engagement letter and also something that nearly all of our clients would expect us to do

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Integrated Reporting – Where Do You See The Fit?

The Indiana CPA Society has developed a task force to prepare an integrated report on the Society itself. The purpose of writing the report is to help create a guide for CPA firms that are looking to prepare this type of report for clients. Being a member

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Thinking Of Moving To The Cloud?

We’ve heard a great deal of benefits and risks in moving to the cloud.  According to a November 20, 2013, technology survey report published by the Journal of Accountancy, approximately 50% of CPAs are using some aspect of cloud technology.   At times, cloud proponents promise it’s the

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