In 2016, I will be publishing a book to make tax preparers lives easier and more successful in a public accounting firm. As of my current draft, the book is over 320 pages and 110,000 words of advice to help you succeed in a CPA firm. (see below on how to get updates & discounts)
Ok, so what does that mean?
In the book, I am going to teach you the tax, technology, office and social skills to be successful in the tax department of any CPA firm.
Although CPAs are good at documenting their positions on tax and audit issues, we tend to do a bad job at teaching you:
- How to be successful in this business.
- How to do things the easiest way.
- How to avoid the mistakes the tax senior, manager, or partner will catch on the tax return you prepare.
- How to stay out of trouble.
- How to get promoted.
- How to know when you will get fired.
- How to choose the firm you want instead of the job you need to pay the bills.
Our profession (whether through design or accident) forces accountants through an “apprenticeship process” to learn the tricks of the trade. In addition, most tax preparers face the problem that the skills they learn in their initial years are based entirely on the luck of the draw of whose work they do in the firm.
Think about it. You have invested five years of your life in college, thousands of dollars in tuition, and several hundred hours studying for the CPA exam. But your career could be decided by a couple of thirty minute interviews at a CPA firm and whether you get assigned to the right tax manager.
During my career, I have seen many of my friends and coworkers succeed because of
- their skill,
- their luck,
- their connections, or
- a combination of all three.
However, I have seen others fail that deserved to succeed because they did not learn what they needed to know until it was too late. Don’t let this happen to you.
Therefore, if you are a tax preparer, I suggest you sign up for the book updates because this book will be over 300 pages of practical advice that you can use over several years of your career.
If you are a tax manager or partner, I suggest you sign up for the book updates because this book can be an extremely valuable training tool for your business. How many billable hours do you spend each year training staff and supervisors on the same issues and writing the same review points? You will be able to save a lot of that time and effort by giving them my book while you go back to running the practice.
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