Why I Became a CPA


We asked our readers to share some light-hearted reasons to become a CPA, and the response was overwhelming. With great difficulty we narrowed the list to 24. Our thanks to everyone who participated.

  1. No one can argue when you say, “I am a person who counts!”

  2. The opportunity to become a client’s no. 1 trusted adviser.

  3. Nobody gets an Academy Award until we say so.

  4. Your debits always equal your credits.

  5. You have Credentials People Admire.

  6. It’s the only profession directly connected to life’s two inevitabilities: death and taxes.

  7. Mom wanted you to be a rock star and this is the way to rebel.

  8. You can work on Saturdays and Sundays while your friends are forced to watch the “March Madness” NCAA tournament.

  9. Only you know what a widget is.

  10. No one ever asks, “How do you spell that?”

  11. Red Sox wouldn’t give in to salary demand.

  12. All the free pencils you want.

  13. No other profession offers April 16 as a paid holiday.

  14. In Scrabble, Accountant (14) is worth more than either Doctor (9) or Lawyer (12).

  15. The club jacket and secret handshakes are the coolest.

  16. You get to answer all those “quick questions.”

  17. You get to enjoy the great indoors.

  18. You get to experience five seasons a year: summer, fall, winter, spring and tax.

  19. A new IRS form gives you the chills.

  20. You can help people in what is sometimes accrual profession.

  21. Otherwise, 14 identical white dress shirts would go to waste.

  22. You know more about SOX than any fashion designer.

  23. You get to work the standard 70-hour week.

  24. Free physical fitness program for audit staff required to carry 20-pound audit bags.

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