CPA PROFILE

Jeremias Ramos

Whether it's working on tax legislation for clients or writing his accounting and tax news blog — this is only the beginning for Jeremias Ramos!

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Jeremias Ramos

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Tax Manager
Withum Smith & Brown
Long Island, NY

Accounting just clicked

I wasn’t sure which career path to take when I started college. I always loved writing, so I thought about becoming an English professor or a journalist. But I also wanted a career that provided real certainty and progression, as well as the potential to earn a good salary. I took an accounting class during my first semester of college and something clicked – I was hooked.

Day to day

I’ve been at Withum Smith & Brown for four years now, working my way up from Tax Associate to Manager. Before that, I worked for a couple of small to mid-size accounting firms, alongside running my own accounting and tax news blog, The Daily CPA.

Right now I’m part of Withum’s National Tax Group, broadly focusing on national pieces of tax legislation that impact our clients. My colleagues are based all over the country, so I usually work remotely from home as there’s no need for me to be in our Times Square office every day.

Combining passions

I was drawn to Withum because it has a great reputation, and also because of its approach to thought leadership content. I noticed that some of the partners consistently wrote articles for the website and I liked the tone and forward-thinking mindset. Now, I regularly contribute to articles for Withum and am able to take the lead on what I write about. I’m combining my passion for writing with my love of accounting, tax and personal finance.

Training the next generation

Teaching junior colleagues is another part of my job which I value. I do a lot of presentations, both for internal training and external CPE. I love researching a topic and teaching it to someone else – it really helps you get to grips with the topic, and I find the teaching side very gratifying.

A launchpad for your career

There’s never been a better time to get started in public accounting. It’s a great launchpad for a career: it’s like taking the elevator rather than the stairs. It’s given me financial security: I’ve paid off student loans, paid for my wedding, and put down a deposit on a house.

The value of the CPA

Right now, it carries a lot of weight to be a CPA. It proves you’re accredited and smart – credentials that employers are looking for. To progress in accounting, you really need it. It sets you apart from other candidates.

My advice for anyone thinking about studying for the CPA? Start as soon as possible. It might seem daunting to fit it with all your other commitments – I studied for mine alongside a full-time job and going to night school for my MBA. But it’s only one year and once you get it, you’ll be a CPA for life.

Looking to the future

I see myself staying with Withum because I value the flexible working and relationship with colleagues — everyone is kind to each other. I also want to grow The Daily CPA beyond accounting and tax news into personal finance and continue to foster my passion for writing and educating. I feel like I’m just at the beginning of what I can achieve.

  • 6:15am: First alarm goes off

    Typically, I like to wake up early to get a head start on my day.

  • 6:45am: Fourth alarm goes off

    If I wake up now, I won't have to rush for the train.

  • 7:00am: Finally get out of bed

    Each morning I like to leave as little time as possible to get ready for my day. The rush of almost missing my train is thrilling.

  • 7:30am: Catch my train

    ...and blog about accounting and tax for my website The Daily CPA on my way to the office.

  • 8:20am: Arrive at Grand Central Terminal

    Grand Central Terminal is a "terminal" and not a "station" because trains stop there but they don't pass through. Best part of my day! Walking through Grand Central and looking up like a tourist will never get old.

  • 8:35am: Arrive at my office and start the day

    Most mornings I run through my email, make a plan of attack for the day and put on a podcast from Spotify (The NoSleep Podcast makes my Mondays).

  • 2:30pm: Realize that I didn't eat lunch

    Most days I'm so engrossed in my work that I forget to eat. I breakout my PB&J (the same one I eat everyday) and work through lunch.

  • 6:30pm: Head home

    At this point I have 9 to 10 billable hours so it's time to call it a day. If I catch an Express train I can make it home in 45 minutes.

  • 7:30pm: Cook dinner

    I cook most nights for my fiancee and myself. Friday nights are date nights and we usually go out for dinner. Busy nights that I have to work late I'll just get Uber eats and expense the meal if I work more than 10 hours.

  • 8:30pm: Do more work or go to the gym (depending on the season)

    If it's busy season then I'll usually be working from home until 11 or 12. If it's not busy season then I'll head to the gym for an hour.

  • 11pm: Go to bed

    I usually aim to have at least 7 hours of sleep per night, so if I go to bed now I'll be good.

  • 12am: Actually fall asleep after talking for an hour with my fiancee.

    6 hours should be good enough.

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