2011 CPE – Down to the Wire
As the year winds down and you wrap up your continuing education hours for the year, make sure you collect and hang on to your certificates for the classes you attend. Organization and record-keeping come pretty easily to accountants, so it shouldn't really be a chore to keep track of your hours. If you work in a larger firm, the firm probably takes care of keeping the records for you. But what should you do if you come up short when the auditor comes calling?
It turns out each state has different rules (now there's a surprise), so if it looks like you might come up short on hours, check to see how your state treats CPE slackers. We've checked with several state licensing boards and come up with a short list of options. But the best rule of thumb is to get busy this month and make sure you've got the hours you need. With a plethora of online and do-it-yourself training available, there's no excuse for not meeting your annual requirement.
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.