About Author: Maria L. Murphy

Maria L. Murphy
Maria Murphy is a freelance technical writer and editor based in North Carolina. She is also an Engagement Director for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Eastern Region, responsible for providing technical accounting, SEC, and other professional services to clients. She is a former senior financial executive with extensive experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Her specialty is translating technical subject matter into simpler user-friendly language and getting readers and clients excited about accounting and compliance topics. Maria is the former Editor-in-Chief of The CPA Journal, the monthly publication of The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Her areas of specialization include GAAP research and implementation, internal controls, mergers and acquisitions, auditing standards, PCAOB rules, and SEC reporting (1933 and 1934 Act reporting, including IPO's, dealing with SEC Staff, restatements, private to public registrations). She has significant experience in technical review/quality control roles and in compliance, including Big 4 National Office and audit partner background. She held private industry controllership roles. Maria is a CPA licensed in New York and North Carolina, and a CMA.

Articles by Author: Maria L. Murphy:

07.26.16 |

Training Your Financial Talent: CFOs and Human Resources Work Together

Expectations for CFOs and finance departments evolve as reporting requirements change. CFOs can work with human resources to train employees and ensure finance teams provide accurate, relevant financial information inside and outside their organizations. HR departments ensure there are enough employees available to do the work, they’re placed in the right jobs and that teams…Read More »

06.30.16 |

Financial Transparency: How to Foster Employee Trust

Financial transparency means making financial information as visible and accessible. But full transparency is difficult because of the many disparate components, the nature of how financial information is gathered across an organization and the different users of that information (owners, boards, shareholders, investors and regulators). Some information simply must be shared for complete and compliant…Read More »

At a Loss for Words
04.07.16 |

Are You in a Black Hole of 2016 Compliance Deadlines?

CFOs face ever-changing accounting and regulatory requirements, including a significant number of 2016 compliance deadlines. Finance departments in general are under constant pressure to produce more information under accelerated deadlines. The volume of available corporate data and users is increasing like never before. Common to all is the need to pull together data from many…Read More »


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