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Greg Kyte 2Um … spoiler alert. Did you read the title of this post? If you still need a spoiler alert, then you’re worse at reading social cues than Ben Affleck’s character in The Accountant. And if you haven’t seen Ben Affleck’s movie The Accountant, then what the hell is wrong with you? Even Jason Blumer’s seen The Accountant. The last movie he saw in the theater was Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The Accountant is rated R, so I guess if you haven’t seen it and you’re a CPA and under the age of 18, I get it. Otherwise, if you haven’t seen it, I’m pretty sure you’re breaking the Code of Professional Conduct.

And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great movie. Saw it twice. It was tons fun to watch it in a theater full of (presumably) civilians who still got all the accounting jokes.

It’s also cool to think back on the movie and see how many things Ben Affleck’s character, Christian Wolff, was doing right that a lot of accountants and firm owners do wrong. Read more

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Greg Kyte 2Two years ago, I had Liberty Tax do my taxes. Bad Experience. Bad Pricing. They lost my children. Great dance opportunity.
This year I did it again, but this time I went to H&R Block to see how The Block would do. Over the span of my next three blog posts, I’ll to go in detail about H&R Block’s pricing, their customer experience, and their accuracy.¹

 

Greg HR Block

 

This post is the one about pricing. But first, I need to tell you how I got here. Read more

Greg Kyte 2I have some regrets in life. One regret is that I never bought a Herman Cain for president t-shirt.
Not that I ever supported Herman Cain. I just thought it would be funny to wear a shirt supporting a goofy dude who said some weird stuff, who was leading the polls and whose campaign suddenly and comically self destructed.

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So this campaign season I was determined to not make the same mistake. Because like they say: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Trump. Read more

Greg Kyte 2I want to trust the AICPA.

 

But there was their obsessive push to get everybody to get the CGMA designation. When they launched the designation in 2012, all you needed was a check for $150 payable to the AICPA to prove your expertise in global management accounting. They wanted member buy-in, literally.

 

And it didn’t help the legitimacy of the AICPA’s push for the CGMA designation when the AICPA sent out emails reminding members to hurry and get the designation to prove that they are awesome at managerial accounting before they had to take a test to prove that they are awesome at managerial accounting. Read more

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Greg Kyte 2Dress codes are simultaneously infuriating and amusing, like presidential candidates.

 

They were the topic for Jason, Caleb, and me on our last #WhatsNext in the Accounting Profession Blab. I thought it would be a fun, light topic, easy to make fun of, but not too deep. Turns out, dress codes are a quick path to the seventh circle of HR.

 

This week, I asked some friends who work at two different mid-size CPA firms to send me their company’s dress codes. And it turns out they are awesome.

 

For one company, under “Examples of Not Acceptable Attire” they listed “stirrup pants,” “bolo ties,” and “bathing suits.” Bathing Suits?! How the hell do bathing suits get explicitly banned on the dress code?

 

Audit Manager: “Hey, Rebecca, are you ready to head to the client’s office for … what the f**k?! Are you wearing a swimsuit?” Read more