Ah, the acronyms. I'll miss them most. I hope that I’ll always retain their hidden meanings -- precious little capsules of my nearly two years spent at the helm of WebCPA.This is the end of the line for me. I’m leaving for a foray into the academic world, hopefully on my way into the corporate communications world.

All right, perhaps I exaggerate about the acronyms, but it is with some satisfaction that I can rattle off what the heck exactly they mean -- it doesn’t seem like all that long ago that I spent a significant part of my day online at www.acronymfinder.com, decoding SOX, the SEC, the PCAOB, FASB, GASB and TIGTA, never mind the confusion that the software manufacturers have wrought with their never-ending stream of industry-leading CRM and ERP solutions.

They say that nothing is certain in life, except death and taxes. But I think it’s safe to add a few things to that list after having traveled in the WebCPA universe. On the whole, accounting software vendors are an amazingly fun group of people; CPAs have plenty to say (though it is rare that you find one who willingly speaks in succinct sound bites); and WebCPA readers have never been able to get their fill of Wesley Snipes’ tax troubles.

In all seriousness though, it hasn’t always been easy to write about some of the broader problems facing the accounting profession as a non-CPA, and I have much appreciation for all the sources and readers I’ve met along the way that were happy to share their knowledge and debate the issues of the day. It’s been a great experience having the chance to immerse myself in what was pretty much foreign subject matter a few years back, and I’ve found it strangely fulfilling to be able to cite interesting opinions from the U.S. Tax Court and push friends to find out whether they qualify for the Free File Program in casual conversation.

I’m also incredibly proud to have worked with a great group of co-workers here in SourceMedia’s Accountants Media Group. I’m sure they’ll continue to provide compelling, in-depth and focused content that you can’t find anywhere else.

While my successor has yet to be named, in the interim week please feel free to contact Bill Carlino (william.carlino@sourcemedia.com) for any issues you have related to either WebCPA.com, or WebCPA Week. All the best.

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