Joseph Bressler is now officially a Certified Public Accountant!
Joseph Bressler, son of Bill and Tracy Bressler, recently added a new set of initials after his last name. On May 22, 2014, the State Board of Accountancy awarded him his CPA license. Joseph has a BS in Accountancy, and has been with Bressler & Company for eight years as our IT Director. He is also an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, as well as an Enrolled Agent.
Most people are not aware of how much education it takes to obtain a CPA license or all of the continuing education required to retain your license. First you have to have a Bachelor’s Degree. Then you must pass The Uniform CPA Exam. It is a 14-hour, computer-based test that spans multiple days. It consists of four sections: business environment and concepts; auditing and attestation; regulation; and financial accounting and reporting. These tests are only available during certain testing window periods, and most people do not pass on their first attempt. You can take more than one test during a testing window, but you cannot take the same test twice during that period. We are especially proud that Joseph passed all 4 tests on his very first attempt!
Once you pass all the above-mentioned tests, you become a “CPA Candidate.” After that, you must spend 1 – 2 full years (this changes depending on how many semester units of education you have) under the supervision of a CPA with an active license. Once you become a Certified Public Accountant, California State’s Board of Accountancy law requires that you spend 120 hours every three years on continuing education to stay up-to-date on all the tax law changes.
And, he did all of this while working full-time and keeping up with “husband” and “dad duties” as well! Where did he find the time? We don’t know, but we’re glad he did. His new role as a Certified Public Accountant at Bressler & Company will include working even more closely with Tracy Bressler on managing the day-to-day operation of the firm, and continuing to build long-term relationships with our clients.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS Joe! You’re our super hero!