That’s right, I’m back for another dose of fun with David, Missy, Jonath, James, Toni, Loy, and Rachael. I’ll be resurrecting the Internland blog for the next few weeks as I join in for pre-tax season activities.
I started last week, which was short due to the New Year holiday. I started by re-acquainting myself with the copy machine and the phones. I panicked briefly when I answered my first phone call, thinking I mixed up our multi-line phones with the phones at my work study job at college. However, both the client and I survived and no one got hung up on. I started with helping Rachael with the scanning and filing of various documents which helped me remember the ins and outs of Engagement. It also confirmed the importance of learning the alphabet. Hopefully my testimony will help any conflicted soul who came home from kindergarten asking, “When am I ever going to use the alphabet in real life?” Oops, I guess I used the wrong subject- that’s what K-12 students ask about math. Given that this is an accounting intern’s blog; I hope no reader is questioning the importance of mathematics.
Throughout the remainder of the week, I helped Rachael with various other tasks to get loose ends from 2015’s projects wrapped up and get DAPCPA ready for the new year. Actually, if we’re being completely honest, we’re getting ready to do 2015 taxes. I’m starting to question how my career path is going to affect my concept of time. I suppose I can get used to living in the present, while working with the past, to affect the future.
This week, most of my work has been on some preparations for the clients we do individual tax returns for. Throughout the week, I helped Rachael get the master client list spreadsheet all set up for this year. I love Excel, so getting to enter formulas to make it show the information she needed was an awesome way to spend my time. Next, I worked on printing, stapling, and attaching “Sign Here” stickers to control sheets and engagement letters. While working on this project I had my moment of great accomplishment for the past two weeks. Now, I have always supported female empowerment, saving your family name, and all the other reasons a woman might have to keep her maiden name. I still support whichever last name one might choose to keep or take. However, people who have a different last name than their spouse create a problem when doing a mail merge. It’s no longer simply a matter of inputting a field for title, first name(s) and last name. In order to make it work, I ended up creating a really long “If… Then…” formula to account for the following three scenarios: 1. A single individual (Mr. Buck); 2. A couple with the same last name (Mr. and Mrs. Buck); and 3. A couple with two different last names (Mr. Buck and Mrs. Doe).
It’s great to be back, I look forward to sharing the next few weeks with you. Happy New Year!