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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: What is Your 'App-titude' for Identity Theft?

Some may consider it a joyous event, while others dread its very existence. Nevertheless, the day has arrived. It’s not the inauguration of a new President and that we can finally put another election cycle to rest (for now). Even more recent than this fact, is that the Internal Revenue...

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The Smoke Detector: Who Would Have Guessed Our Profession Would Break Another Barrier? Well. Maybe

It finally happened. Many of us thought the day would never come. However, in approximately three weeks it becomes a reality. For years, I’ve wondered (and honestly even joked about) if it would ever occur … CPAs on television or the big screen. The movie, The Accountant , will...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Should Your Perception of Independence Day be Modified?

“Safety never takes a holiday,” as an awkward Paul Blart would say during the movie Mall Cop . By substituting ‘financial planning’ to replace the word ‘safety,’ most of us in the financial profession would probably be able to concur with this notion. While most individuals characterize the...

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The Smoke Detector: From public to professor to CFO

Having transitioned first from public accounting to professor, and soon to CFO, I enjoyed reading a few March 2016 Journal of Accountancy articles on the subject. Incorporated below, they speak to my career journey. With an upcoming transition from professor to CFO occurring in June, I...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Leadership 101 Checklist

Leadership is one of those so-called “soft skills” that can be hard if you don’t work at it. It’s also one of those skills that is getting ever more important as the business world gets ever more complex. Have you resolved to be a better leader in 2016? Where do you fall on the leadership...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: With Two Left on the Clock, Can They Come Up with a Big Play?

This is not about whether your favorite professional football team is trying to score, enabling them to make the playoffs. It’s mid-December, with approximately two weeks left in the year, and we as CPAs are still uncertain how the Congressional game of the tax extenders will play out for...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Do You Want More Stress As A CPA? Then Just Remain Quiet

To this day I can still remember the advice a very wise individual stated to me while planning our wedding. “Do everything the way you want and what makes you happy. The reality is that you won’t be able to please everyone, all the time.” And to this day after 18 years of marriage, I still...

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The Smoke Detector: Could Pink Floyd teach us something about our profession?

“We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control….” These infamous lyrics to the start of Pink Floyd’s song “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” could be construed a number of different ways. Needless to say my wife, an elementary school teacher, initially found these lyrics to...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Could Your ALS Ice Bucket Donation Be Challenged By The IRS?

Unless your situation is similar to that of Tom Hanks from the movie Cast Away and you’ve been stranded on a deserted island the past few weeks, it would seem practically impossible not to be aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge . It seems we’ve been bombarded by the phenomenon of the ALS ...

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