CPA in email signature…

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  • #176697

    Anonymous

    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??

    #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.

    #619091

    ExtremeNerd
    Member

    It puts your stamp on everything you do. I've heard from several people who don't list it because of the potential liability.

    #619092

    mla1169
    Participant

    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.

    #619093

    I work in industry and use it; that way they know who is the boss…lmao!

    #619094

    MCLKT
    Participant

    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. 🙂

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    #619096

    MCLKT
    Participant

    YES!!! That Super CPA is going to look nice on my swagger wagon.

    #619097

    Tncincy
    Participant

    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.

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    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #619098

    Anonymous

    @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!

    #619099

    Anonymous

    Hahaha..you guys are cracking me up…swagger wagon..that's awesome!

    #619100

    All my ties have CPA on them…I tattoed CPA on my forehead, too… =P

    #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? lol

    #619102

    Anonymous

    @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!

    #619103

    mla1169
    Participant

    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.

    #619104

    Tncincy
    Participant

    Well the nursing world and( we know) what a cna is…. want respect get a BS RN (most prestigious) or become an M.D.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #619105

    UCFCPA
    Member

    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!

    #619106

    wendywhite
    Member

    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.

    #619107

    LSNYC
    Member

    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.

    #619108

    Kodiak
    Member

    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.

    #619109

    mla1169
    Participant

    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!

    #619110

    Anonymous

    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!!

    #619111

    Anonymous

    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.

    #619112

    tomq04
    Participant

    Any new thoughts on this?

    I'm adding it to mine, at least until it gets me in trouble.

    #619113

    mw798
    Member

    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.

    #619114

    Anonymous

    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.

    #619115

    thechapman
    Member

    @co10101 at the big 4 firm I work at people are prohibited from adding it to email signatures or business cards

    #619116

    Anonymous

    Why is it prohibited?

    #619117

    thechapman
    Member

    @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 knows

    #619118

    jbisdamon
    Member

    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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