Hi, and thanks for visiting. Even though it was 35+ years ago, I still remember the day when I received the news from the Georgia State Board of Accountancy that I had passed the CPA exam. That was a special day in my life and it strengthened my belief, which I passed on to my son, that the key to success is hard work.
Accounting was not my first career choice, but it certainly became my life’s passion. After recovering from a serious combat wound while serving as a 1st Lieutenant, Airborne Ranger in Viet-Nam, as well as a bout with Malaria, I earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from GA State University. My 43 year Income Tax career began in 1973 as a Revenue Agent with the IRS, continued on as the first Corporate Tax Director of SunTrust Bank and lastly opening my CPA Practice in 1986, until retiring in 2016. To satisfy an interest in teaching, I taught accounting at Clayton State & GA State Universities.
Today, CPAs face a growing number of competitors from national tax preparation chains, sophisticated on-line and boxed, software packages, free tax preparation services offered by the AARP and IRS and let's not forget QuickBooks. Some of these competitors aggressively display TV Ads during tax season that receive no response from the AICPA. Meanwhile, prospective clients would walk into my office asking if I prepared individual income tax returns.
So, what can we do? We follow the recommendation of the CPA Horizons 2025 Report
, published by the AICPA, to "Encourage pride among CPAs in the CPA profession ...," by promoting the CPA Brand.
Michael Johnston, CPA(Retired)
Proud To Be A CPA, LLC