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CPA Voice: Don’t work with (or be) a jerk

Written on Jun 10, 2021

If CPAs are among the most hardworking, creative, entrepreneurial, and ethical professionals out there, how is it that some find themselves in ethical hot water? 

Vincent J. Nardone, J.D., LL.M. in Taxation, a popular speaker at OSCPA events, poses that question in the May/June issue of CPA Voice. He says sometimes the root cause is interpersonal: choosing to work with a jerk. Nardone warns to beware of people who exhibit: 

  • Narcissism: An excessive focus on oneself. 
  • Machiavellianism: Manipulating others for one’s own gain. 
  • nPsychopathy: An overall disregard for others. 

“Do we want these types of folks as our clients, just because they generate funds for us and pay us to do their work? These are the folks who cause tax-return preparers to: (i) turn their head; (ii) not ask questions; (iii) take positions on tax returns that do not have a reasonable basis; or, among other things, (iv) perform some other tasks that may rise to the level of criminality.” 

CPA Voice cover with brain on it for mental health.

CPA should also take care to ensure they are not the one who is being a jerk. Read the entire article now to learn the two other areas Nardone says can create problems for CPAs and their organizations. While you’re there, check out the rest of the issue and earn a CPE credit! 

Did you know that reading CPA Voice can help you satisfy your CPE requirement? No matter your location or the time of day – and even without the benefit of electricity – you can gain CPE credit with each issue. 

Every edition includes a 12-question self-assessment exam covering content from that issue. Receive a grade of 75% or higher and you’ll earn one hour of CPE credit in specialized knowledge. 

Best of all, you can take the exam when and where it’s convenient for you. Exams remain available online – and may be completed for CPE – through the same month of the following year. 

For more learning on how to identify, fight and prevent fraud, attend OSCPA’s Fraud & Forensic Conference