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Gail Perry, CPA

Editor-in-Chief

Phone: 800-547-7377 x1782

Gail Perry is the editor-in-chief of CPA Practice Advisor. She also speaks at many accounting events, trade shows, and webinars. She is the author of over 30 books (including Mint.com For Dummies and QuickBooks 2014 On Demand), and she maintains a small tax practice. Gail is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelors degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, earned her CPA, and worked for Deloitte in the firm's Chicago tax department. She has taught college-level accounting principles and personal finance, and was on staff for 10 years at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. Gail was the publisher and editor-in-chief of AccountingWEB before joining the CPA Practice Advisor team.

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Firm Management

Understanding the 21st Century Accountant

Frequently I hear that cloud technology and anytime/anywhere accounting is here now, it's great, it's what all accountants should be using and encouraging their clients to use, and this new technology will free the accountant to do what he or she was actually trained to do. But exactly what is that? Many accountants, particularly small practitioners, actually were trained to do compliance work - trial balances, write-up work, tax return preparation. Automate these services and what have you got left?
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Firm Management

Joining the Accounting Profession

I'm a constant believer in fate. Things happen for a reason; there is a path we move along in life that is waiting for us to discover. I'm also a believer in taking control of your life and helping yourself move along that path, looking out for yourself, and making sure obstacles don't deter you from the direction you are meant to pursue. While those two philosophies might seem to be in conflict with one another, and perhaps they are, they can also coexist in the harmonious symphony that forms the music of your life.
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May Checklist for Accounting & Tax Firms

Many years ago, in a warm sunny May of my youth, I finished college (or so I thought), packed everything I owned in a U-Haul truck, and drove to Washington D.C. I was so bold and happy. I had no job, no place to live, just a passion for whatever life had in store for me. I had no trouble finding a job. There were, in fact, several to pick from. And finding an apartment was just as easy. Every morning I started my day with enthusiasm and awe – how could I possibly be so lucky?
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CPA2Biz and IT Alliance To Unite for Fall 2014 Conferences

CPA2Biz and the Information Technology Alliance (ITA), an independent professional association comprised of most of the nation's top 30 accounting firms, premier technology consultants, and leading technology vendors serving the accounting profession, today announced they will jointly host events on December 7-10 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. CPA2Biz is the technology subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs,