March 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm #176697
It appears that the trend is to NOT put CPA in email signatures. This applies to licenced CPA's in public accounting, from staff to partners.
Anyone else noticed this trend? Is it not required? As a way around it, it looks like some are just adding “, CPA's” to their firm name. Is this an exposure/liability move??March 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm #619090
My Boss lists all his certifications, but the other CPA's in my office write out “certified public accountant” under their names because we do not have titles here. Also, another CPA who works remotely with us has her MBA but does not include so on her email sigature.March 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #619091
It puts your stamp on everything you do. I've heard from several people who don't list it because of the potential liability.March 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm #619092
If I worked in public, I'd be more inclined to use it (provided it was the social norm at my firm). But working in industry, I don't know…..personally I feel like its just ostentatious because its not a requirement for what I do.March 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm #619093
I work in industry and use it; that way they know who is the boss…lmao!March 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm #619094
I'm in industry and plan to add it to my email, name plate, and business card. I'll probably add it to my personal email, change my gmail to MCLKT,CPA, update LinkedIn and Facebook, get it engraved on a flask and might even get a vanity license plate while I'm at it. I'll be so damn proud of those 3 letters they will be everywhere. 🙂March 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm #619095
This is what I got =] so lame..lmsaoMarch 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm #619096
YES!!! That Super CPA is going to look nice on my swagger wagon.March 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm #619097
You cannot use cpa if you are not (obivously), as for liability there is professional insurance so the letters themselves is not a liability. But hey, you passed the test, registered with your state, I say wear those letters out. Vanity plates, mugs, ink pens, letter heads, shirts, sweaters, mouse pads, screen savers, etc whatever, where ever you pleased–where legal of course.March 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm #619098
@MCLKT I like all of your ideas!! Been thinking about getting one of those marquis signs with blinking lights to sit in my front yard announcing it to everyone my neighborhood!March 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm #619099
Hahaha..you guys are cracking me up…swagger wagon..that's awesome!March 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm #619100
All my ties have CPA on them…I tattoed CPA on my forehead, too… =PMarch 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm #619101
However, whenever I try to impress the ladies saying I'm a CPA, they come with random pooh.. like, so you're an RN? wtf? lolMarch 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm #619102
@candothis there is actually a house that has such a sign down the road from me….sitting right in the yard…it doesn't say she's a CPA but that they provide tax services..it's definitely catchy!March 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm #619103
Paranoid, my mother in law is a CNA. She is hell bent that they are both professional designations and I simply chose a different path than sponge baths and changing adult diapers.March 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm #619104
Well the nursing world and( we know) what a cna is…. want respect get a BS RN (most prestigious) or become an M.D.March 15, 2013 at 1:37 am #619105
At my public accounting firm, everyone with their CPA has it on their email signature. Most partners have multiple other designations also behind their names though. I intend to put it on mine!March 15, 2013 at 2:25 am #619106
I want to put it on everything. (when I finish)!
But realistically I think it will be on my business cards – but as for email signature – it will be on it only if that is the norm for where I work. I'm in industry now – and my boss is not a CPA – but some of the controllers at other locations are – so I'll have to do some digging through old emails to see if it is norm or not.March 15, 2013 at 2:28 am #619107
It is the norm at my company to add it to your signature. I work in Private. I plan on adding it as soon as humanly possible after I pass, AKA it could take IT a year to do it.March 15, 2013 at 5:59 am #619108
If it's an official business / accounting / work-related email, I think it's proper form to include it. Those three letters carry weight like A BOSS.
Internal org emails = looks pretentious. People know who you are.March 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm #619109
Maybe its a regional thing. I'm in MA, and I don't know a single CPA who works in industry and uses it in their signature. Its unfortunate because I was really HOPING to flaunt it, but those three letters did exactly what they were meant to do and landed me the right job!March 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm #619110
I know a few people who do have it in their signature and a bunch that don't. I certainly plan to put it in mine when I'm done. We work hard for this, we should be able to show it off!!March 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm #619111
I think that adding CPA to work email would be appropriate, we work so hard for this, I think we should be able to show SOMETHING for our efforts (but only when it's obtained, of course!). I know someone who places their MBA in their personal email signature and I think that's a little pretentious.November 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm #619112
Any new thoughts on this?
I'm adding it to mine, at least until it gets me in trouble.November 19, 2014 at 12:19 am #619113
It's appropriate to put CPA in your signature. It is however not appropriate to ever put MBA next to your name ever. It's tacky and it may cost you interviews. I know my boss throws out resumes of anyone who puts MBA next to his or her name after highlighting the mistake of the candidate to us. If you are going to put MBA next to your name, why stop there? Why don't you put BA or BS next to that as well? You get the point. It's against common business etiquette.November 19, 2014 at 12:34 am #619114
Generally if you work in a larger public accounting firm it's explicitly prohibited to add CPA after your name. Pretty much all of the clients I deal with in industry add it to their name though.November 19, 2014 at 12:51 am #619115
@co10101 at the big 4 firm I work at people are prohibited from adding it to email signatures or business cardsNovember 19, 2014 at 2:21 am #619116
Why is it prohibited?November 19, 2014 at 2:36 am #619117
@cpa8488 I've never asked because I won't have the work experience for another 9 months or so. Seems like they'd want to flaunt having a bunch of CPAs. However, allowing people to put CPA on everything would make associates without it stand out, and maybe clients would throw a fit about some of the staff not being licensed? Who knowsNovember 19, 2014 at 3:06 am #619118
That's weird.. At my firm the email signatures vary.. Some put it and some don't. However for business cards the firm specifically orders you new ones with “CPA” after you name if you pass.. Guess it varies place to place..
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