Ma is a CPA
with a lifetime of commitment to public service and Democratic causes.
But non-CPA professionals working in New York CPA
firms (lawyers, computer information specialists, or consultants, for example) know they can never make partner.
have always done such things on a smaller scale, of course.
Because the PFS designation indicates broad financial knowledge, CPAs
with the credential are appropriate resources for the financial literacy programs of the AICPA and the various state societies.
"This is a great time to be starting out as a CPA
," says Murphy.
A second, and perhaps less obvious, purpose of the CPA
curriculum is to foster a sense of goodwill.
Some experts warn of real changes in the profession and, indeed, in the proper functioning of financial markets if non-CPA owners compromise the CPA
's reputation for objectivity and independence.
, had heard clients complain about administering health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans and payroll.
hold themselves out to the public as investment advisers, they can no longer rely on the accountant's exclusion.
Through Citizen Police Academies (CPA
), police officers can maintain this relationship with the public by involving citizens in crime prevention efforts.
For example, in Colorado, if an individual has not renewed or had a license in the past six years as of May 1996, he or she must meet the requirements to become certified all over again, including retaking the CPA
Most neutral CPAs
get their start as "nonneutral" accountants, serving one party in divorce cases.