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April 11, 2017

Which Way to Go? Three Post-Tax Season Options for Change

The bright shiny light at the end of the tunnel is finally discernable to Public Accounting Tax professionals. April 15, the end of Tax Season, is quickly approaching, which means that individuals who work in Tax will have some free time to relax and contemplate their career direction. Tax Season’s finish line presents three possible next steps for professionals.

April 27, 2016

As the CPA Exam Evolves, So Must Candidate Preparation

Earlier this month, the AICPA publicized extensive details about the CPA exam’s 2017 update, which will produce the biggest changes to the test since 2011. Angie Brown, Director of Accounting Curriculum at Becker Professional Education, shares what these changes will mean for future CPAs.

March 31, 2016

Proposed AICPA/CIMA Consolidation: A Positive Move for the Profession

aicpa-cimaThe American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) are considering creating a new, combined association that would preserve the AICPA and CIMA membership bodies. According to Carl Peterson, CPA, CGMA, and Vice President, Small firms at the AICPA, this can only be a positive move for the already-thriving CPA profession.

November 17, 2015

Building Leaders in Public Accounting

Within CPA firms, staff retention and development are challenging, especially with regard to tomorrow’s leaders, Millennials. Sandra Wiley from Boomer Consulting has practical ideas to develop staff in the Public Accounting industry. Her proposals are outlined in a new AccountingWEB article that we wanted to share with you.

October 21, 2015

A More Innovative CPA Exam is on the Way

The AICPA reported this week that some significant changes will be made to the CPA exam come 2017. The objective is to make the examination “more innovative and nimble,” according to Dr. Rick Niswander, chairman of the AICPA Board of Examiners.

August 25, 2014

Making the Most of Big Four


Fall is nearly here – which means that tens of thousands of Accounting professionals are soon to begin entry-level roles in the Big Four Public Accounting firms. If you are one of the many new hires about to immerse yourself in Audit, Risk Assurance or Tax at PwC, EY, Deloitte or KPMG, you deserve a sincere congratulations! You’re soon to commence one of the most well-regarded, economically stable professions available in the marketplace: Public Accounting.

August 05, 2013

At a Glance: The State of the Accounting Profession

The outlook of the accounting profession continues to blossom. A June 2013 report from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) revealed that a record number of 40,000 accounting graduates were hired by public accounting firms in 2012, surpassing the previous all-time high of 36,000 set in 2007 – just prior to the financial crisis.

January 17, 2013

CPA: 4 Reasons Why These Three Letters Really Count

Whether you’re just beginning an undergraduate Accounting program or you’ve already worked as an Accountant for a few years, it’s not too late to consider obtaining your CPA license. If you’ve not yet seriously investigated the licensure process, understand first and foremost that the preparation required is both challenging and time-consuming. But the effort is entirely worthwhile for a motivated Accounting professional.