This year completely changed the accounting profession as we knew it. Offices closed, businesses shuttered and CPAs all over the country turned their homes into home offices. In a profession so reliant on in-person interaction, we’ve found ways to readjust, but not without consequences. As firms begin preparing this month for the busy season, we need to look back at what we’ve learned about hiring, training and working in a pandemic so we can prepare for the new normal.
The pandemic has exacerbated fraud and we’ll face mounting pressure to identify financial fraud next year. We’ve already seen major cases, such as this year’s Wirecard and Luckin Coffee scandals, that will only continue to be exposed during a time of economic instability. There was already a learning curve associated with the lack of training at an education level involved with identifying and ferreting out fraud. This will only continue as new CPAs get less hands-on training.