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Meet C. Williams, CPA of The Little CPA

Today we’d like to introduce you to C. Williams, CPA.

C., let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The idea to start The Little CPA was inspired in 2014 when my roommate asked me what tax deductions she could take to start an LLC for her film business. I researched the answer on my accounting firm’s research software and organized it into a memo. Although I never finished that memo (sorry roommie!), I realized that sharing the tax and accounting information I learned as a CPA could meet a relevant need in my peer group and community.

When I passed my final CPA exam in 2015, I gained a bit more confidence in my professional knowledge and started to write more blogs. Eventually, I developed my alter-ego, The Little CPA.

So much of what I have learned in this profession has helped me with my own finances and, more importantly, has allowed me to be a financial resource to friends, family, my Church and my community. As a Certified Public Accountant, I get a firsthand look at how tax, business, and other financial systems affect personal finances. I help manage the preparation of nonprofit information and tax returns, individual tax returns, business tax returns, trust tax returns and estate tax returns. This work provides me with inside knowledge on various financial systems that I strive to share to better my community.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It took me almost four years to pass the CPA Exam.

The CPA exam includes four sections – Audit, Business and Economics, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Regulation. Once you pass one section, you have 18 months to pass the remaining sections before your first test expires. I failed my first section four times before I passed. Each time I failed, I questioned my job security and career path.

Becoming a public accountant was not my original career goal. My career goal shifted when nonprofit public accountants gave a presentation during one of my Graduate School course’s at The University of Southern California. The information they shared about nonprofit compliance, accounting, audits, and tax reporting was interesting to me because it introduced me to a need-based service for our community-based organizations.

I told the presenters I was interested in what they did. Shortly after, I interviewed with them and was hired. I enjoyed the consulting and strategic aspects of public accounting and decided I wanted to pass the CPA exam. My four-year struggle through the exam taught me how much I needed God’s help in everything I did, how much I needed support from my community to succeed, and how much I needed to improve my study habits.

In December 2016, I received my CPA License. Today, I still believe every humbling and failing moment was worth it. This license has been the best decision for my family, my personal goals, and my testimony.

Please tell us about The Little CPA.
The mission of The Little CPA is to share information I have learned as a Certified Public Accountant that will

1) educate my community on tax and other financial systems, and
2) help my community make wise financial decisions.

This mission is inspired by Proverbs 27:23-27 and is carried out through my blogs, social media, and personal consultations.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
At age ten, my parents divorced and my stay-at-home mom became a single mother of three. Financial hardship was no stranger to us. At age 12, I remember asking my mom if we could buy a $5 candy for my school’s Valentine’s Day party.

She told me that we could not afford it.

That memory has always stuck with me. That instance, quitting my dance school since we were behind on payments and many other financial disappointments played a role in my passion for financial literacy today. My mom did the best she could in our circumstance, however, since we now have the resources, I want to put my family in the position to provide an inheritance for our children’s children (Proverbs 13:22) and help our community to do the same. This is the heart behind The Little CPA.

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Janae Barber

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