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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Transition to a (Mostly) Teaching Life

As of June 30 of this year, I am making a huge transitional jump in my CPA career, resigning as a tax partner, and becoming a full-time accounting/tax professor at Trine University . While I’ll still retain some limited client contact as a consultant/employee of my prior firm, my primary focus...

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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: What are your Professional Development Goals for 2016?

It is the time of year when we all spend time establishing goals for the coming year. Among other things, we should set goals for the skills we want to develop and enhance in order to improve our professional competence. Unfortunately, under Indiana’s current hours based license renewal system,...

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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...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Proposed Replacement CPA Exam Section Sounds Familiar

As described in a recent Journal of Accountancy article , the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination could replace the current Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section with an integrated, blended assessment of auditing, financial accounting and reporting, and taxation. The revised...

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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Tough Times Call For Tough Decisions

Decision making is a core competency of the CPA profession (it’s formally referred to as “synthesizing intelligence to insight skills” in the CPA Horizons 2025 report ). Whether it be for a client, the business you are employed by, or even for your own firm or business, CPAs are relied on to...

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