KPMG stopped by our PPA seminar to
inspire confidence and empower change, with a focus on tax services. Ben
Scheffler, a partner at the Fort Worth office, set out to change the stereotype
of a tax accountant who is often thought of as working alone in a dark corner
of an office with their nose in the Internal Revenue Code. Scheffler shared
with the class that he has traveled, internationally and domestically, over
125,000 miles this year to clients. Client relations are an essential part to
an accounting firm as there are many competitors in the field. The other
associates with him shared that they work on teams of around 8 members every
day, so working on a team is vital to being a successful employee.
Tax accountants are interested in an
ever-changing field that is intertwined with government, politics, and society.
KPMG clients seek guidance with mergers and acquisitions, how to form as an
organization, international treaties, and much more. With the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA),
clients wanted to know right away how their business would be affected.
Scheffler also wanted to share with the class how important technology is in
the tax field. As he put it, “Technology drives everything we do.” From tax
research to preparing returns, almost all the technical work requires databases
We were lucky to have KPMG come talk
to us to give insight into what an actual job in tax looks like. Students got
to ask question and decide for themselves if they want to seek a career in tax
services, a growing interest at TCU.