James Kasim is a senior operations and finance executive based in California. A former member of the Report Quality Monitoring Committee of the California State Board of Accountancy, James Kasim has been a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) since 1994.
In California, individuals must fulfill a set of requirements and pass the Uniform CPA Exam to receive their CPA licensure. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, a minimum number of semester units in accounting and business, and experience with an active CPA. One notable omission from licensure requirements is auditing experience, which has fallen out of favor in recent years.
Once looked at as a way for aspiring CPAs to “pay their dues,” logging audit hours is no longer considered an essential job function for CPAs in California. However, publicly traded companies still require auditing every year, creating a demand for CPAs with auditing and attestation experience. As such, many California CPAs choose to complete the 500 hours necessary to obtain auditing and attestation authority.
A financial executive located in California, James Kasim has held leadership roles at Ernst & Young LLP and Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), James Kasim has served in various senior executive capacities in the financial services and commercial real estate industries.
CPAs offer an accounting and financial background that make them ideal candidates for leading businesses as CFOs. They are licensed accountants who have furthered their comprehension of accounting through additional education and obtained experience working in their field. In addition, they uphold ethical standards and present themselves in a professional manner that instills trust.
In the State of California, a CPA must hold a bachelor’s degree and complete 150 semester units in related course work. Financial reporting, auditing, business leadership, and financial statement analysis are among the classes a CPA candidate must pass for consideration. Successful completion of the California Professional Ethics Exam and one year of general accounting work are also necessary to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, the final test that evaluates a person’s accounting comprehension.
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