Recently, while riding my usual commuter train, I noticed the gentlemen seated next to me reading a copy of “The Trusted Professional,” a publication put out by the New York State Society of CPAs. Eschewing my usual 30-minute catnap, I quickly introduced myself and asked if he read Accounting Today.

“That’s the big magazine with the green letters right?” he queried. Obviously, he wasn’t part of our core readership. Turns out he was a sole practitioner, insulated by choice from the machinations of the profession on the national level and, admittedly, was only a member of the American Institute of CPAs because of the insurance benefits.

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