Is CPA Hall Talk for you?
If you work for a small- to medium-sized public accounting firm, yes.
If you feel like you’re suffocating from too much work and not enough organization, yes.
If you desire accounting and auditing guidance, yes.
If you need assistance with risk assessment, yes.
If you wonder how to perform compilations or review engagements, yes.
If you need fraud detection and prevention assistance, yes.
If you’re looking for practical technology tips, yes.
So who is Charles Hall, the blogger behind CPA Hall Talk?
I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1984 and have worked in public accounting for my entire career, mainly as an accounting and auditing guy. In 1987, I became a Certified Public Accountant, and in 2004 I became a Certified Fraud Examiner.
I have worked for firms with as few as three people and now work for a firm with over one hundred and twenty. In the early 2000s I had my own firm (along with a partner) for six years. So I’ve worked in several different public accounting environments.
Along the way, I began to see CPA’s pain points. As a response, I started to teaching continuing education classes in 1989 and have done so ever since. People kept saying to me, “you know how to make the complicated simple,” which always made me smile. This led to a greater desire for me to share what I know with others.
In 2014, I started CPA Hall Talk as a way to give back to my community of public accounting friends. The blog started out small with just a few folks checking in each month, mainly from the United States.
Now, over 40,000 people visit monthly to see what they can learn. And the visitors are not only from the U.S., but Africa, England, Philippines, India, Australia, Canada—really everywhere. This excites me. I love to see my fellow public accounting mates learn!
As a part of my sharing knowledge, I have published four books on Amazon: Preparation of Financial Statements and Compilation Engagements, The Why and How of Auditing, The Little Book of Local Government Fraud Prevention, and Audit Risk Assessment Made Easy.
I am also a contributing editor to PPC’s Guide to Audits of Local Governments, PPC’s Guide to Cash, Tax, and Other Bases of Accounting, and PPC’s Guide to Quality Control.
I have taught continuing education classes for over thirty-five years to national and local groups including the American Institute of CPAs, The Institute of Internal Auditors, the Georgia Governments Finance Officer’s Association, and the Georgia Society of CPAs.
I also provide several free accounting and auditing YouTube videos, including a series of audit risk assessment videos that complement my book.
I served as the Quality Control partner at McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC for fifteen years (now retired). There I had the privilege of serving over twenty partners and over one hundred professionals.
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God bless you and yours. I wish you the best in your accounting career.
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