Proof that Financial and Accounting Professionals Have Fun with Their Jobs

posted by Chris Valentine

The world of finance and accounting might seem like a dull, boring career, but don’t be fooled. Accountants, CPAs, and CMAs have a blast on the job and often encounter hilarious situations that anyone can appreciate.

Accountants have their own memes

If you thought memes were just for making fun of celebrities and funny people on the news, think again. There’s humor in every industry, and these hilarious accounting memes prove financial professionals have a sense of humor, too.

Some of the best memes from this collection say things like, “Accounting… it’s accrual world” and the world-famous image of Jonathan Goldsmith with the words, “I don’t always work 80 hours per week, but when I do, it’s tax season. 

Financial professionals have some crazy stories to tell

Some stories from the accounting world are funny simply because they’re outrageous. Every industry has certain client stereotypes that actually exist in the real world; finance is no exception. 

Frequently, new accountants don’t realize their office dress code is casual attire and end up being the only one in a suit. According to a seasoned accountant on Reddit, their team had a new hire “inventory” payroll and told him to find a few people on payroll and take a picture with them. The team made a poster from the photos and titled it “First Day as an Auditor.”

Aspiring CMAs just starting their career can look forward to plenty of humorous moments. Once they get their CMA certification, they’ll start collecting their own funny stories to tell. Not all will be dinner-table-friendly, but that’s part of the fun! 

Financial exams can be a funny experience 

Stories published in the Journal of Accountancy prove that sometimes just taking an exam can be a funny or embarrassing experience. For example, one test-taker was working away at their exam when the doors burst open and someone – obviously late – nearly fell down the stairs to get to their seat.

Another test-taker was so nervous about driving on the freeway and taking the exam that they locked their keys in the car on the first day of the exam. They called roadside assistance and got back into their car. On the second day of the exam, they locked their keys in the car again!

Some accounting jokes are so bad they’re funny 

Of all the accounting jokes you can find on the internet, some are so bad they’re actually funny. These four jokes take the cake:

  1. Cinderella’s golden coach

“The accountant had just read the story of Cinderella to his four-year-old daughter for the first time. The little girl was fascinated by the story, especially the part where the pumpkin turns into a golden coach. Suddenly she piped up, “Daddy, when the pumpkin turned into a golden coach, would that be classed as income or a long-term capital gain?” 

  1. What is a good tax accountant?

“What’s the definition of a good tax accountant?

The accountant has a tax loophole named after them!”

  1. Three kinds of accountants

“There are three kinds of accountants in the world. Those who can count and those who can’t.”

  1. What is an accountant?

“What’s the definition of an accountant?

Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.”

Accounting comics show the fun side of bad jokes and puns 

There’s no shortage of accounting comics. Some of them are hilarious and will make you slap your forehead.

One of the funniest accounting comics published on Oracle’s Netsuite blog shows someone behind a desk talking to someone sitting in a chair. The guy behind the desk says, “Tom, you’re an asset to the company. It’s just that you’re depreciating.”

Another funny meme from this blog shows a picture of a ghost and the text reads, “Why did the ghost stumble home on Halloween? He was wearing an off balance sheet.” 

Perhaps the best jokes from this site are: “How does an accountant stay out of debt? He learns to act his wage” and “Where do homeless accountants live? In a tax shelter.”

Working in finance can be fun! 

Although finance has a reputation for being dull, all these jokes, comics, and stories are proof that working in the financial industry doesn’t have to be boring.

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