PICPA President Jerry Maginnis writes about “CPAs Give Back” in his op-ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The above headline is a quote from President John F. Kennedy that was recently mentioned in an op-ed article written by PICPA President Jerry Maginnis. CPAs have a long tradition of volunteerism and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. The PICPA has been fortunate to be able to count thousands of our members among those who give back to the profession through service in leadership, on committees and task forces, and by sharing their expertise or insight to students and the general public on matters such as financial literacy. But the volunteer spirit of the CPA community goes far beyond service to the PICPA. Many of our members also provide pro bono work to charities, serve on nonprofit boards, and volunteer for local community organizations. Our 11 PICPA chapters also get into the volunteer spirit by organizing activities and fundraisers to support local causes. Continue reading
“We are there in the trenches with you. If anything goes wrong, if you’re concerned about anything that happens prior to, during the exam, or after the exam, you can contact the department and we will work to come to a resolution for you.” –Peggy Vernon
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) is the governing body that oversees the administration of the CPA Exam. While the organization may seem like it is torturing CPA candidates with a nightmare of bureaucratic rules, regulations, forms, and applications, it actually provides the valuable service of ensuring the integrity of CPA profession and protecting the public interest.
One NASBA department that every CPA candidate should get to know is the Candidate Care Department. Continue reading
What CPAs Can Learn from the Tour de France
On July 5, 198 riders from 22 teams embarked on the 21-day Tour de France cycling race that covers nearly 2,300 miles through four countries. The obvious goal is to finish first, but before the race begins – and along each stage – the teams will look at vital indicators among the riders and incorporate the findings into their race strategy. Similarly, accounting firms across the country are evaluating their teams this summer to uncover winning strategies by taking part in the 2014 Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) survey.
The AICPA PCPS/TSCPA conducts this premier benchmarking study so firms can evaluate themselves and their competition. Practice management strategies and metrics can be used to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, and gain insight into building a more profitable and rewarding practice. Continue reading
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By Guest Blogger, John Katona
John Katona is an audit staff for Kreischer Miller, a regional accounting firm in Horsham, Pa.
I believe establishing connections adds a deeper level of significance to one’s professional and personal growth. When Kristin Seeger, our recruiting manager at Kreischer Miller, called and offered me the opportunity to network at the PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Meeting, I was ecstatic. She knew my interest in these events. The next morning, Stephen Christian, our managing director, passed me in the stairwell and wished me luck at the meeting. I later realized that I was his replacement as he was unable to attend at the last minute. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger, Nick Zagacki, CPA
Planning for your near or long term future can be a daunting task, but it is a necessity for financial security. Tracking your income and expenses are a good place to start. Here are a few steps to follow to assist you in creating a budget for your personal finances on a monthly basis: Continue reading