It was a car that drove Tim Cox to
He was just a kid when he saw it, his
Today, Tim is Senior Manager of Tax, at PwC in London, Ontario — and the proud owner of a 2010 Shelby Mustang GT500. But while accounting has been the vehicle that’s helped Tim reach his childhood dream, it’s helping others achieve their lifelong goals that
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with great clients from start-ups to public companies, and even rock stars and professional athletes,” Tim explains. “Some of my
"Some of my
favourite clients to work with, though, are the ones where I have a direct impact on them achieving lifelong goals"
It’s a sentiment that winds through much of Tim’s work outside of the office, as well. He spent years volunteering for his local CPA Association in Windsor, eventually becoming President. As President, his goal was simple: “I just wanted to bring CPAs together,” he says. By organizing a variety of networking events, like golf and volleyball tournaments, and including other professions, like lawyers and engineers, that’s exactly what he did.
He also became interested in sharing his insights with up-and-coming CPAs, teaching accounting principles and theory as an instructor with Nipissing University and St. Clair College. “My entire family is teachers, so I suppose it’s in my blood,” he says with a chuckle. “But I like the idea of passing knowledge on to the next generation of CPAs. Some of my former students are working for firms now. It’s always great to see their progress.”
And while Tim acknowledges that tax is something many people just don’t want to think about, he knows how vital it can be for others. There are those who stand to gain much from a tax return. It’s why Tim’s been so committed to CPA Ontario’s Tax Preparation Assistance program.
“It’s not something that a lot of people think of as a significant way that accountants can give back, but filing a tax return isn’t the easiest thing to do and getting someone to prepare it isn’t exactly cheap. Yet so many great government benefits programs are tied to filing a tax return,” he says. From GST credits to the child tax benefit, the return from these government offerings can be the difference
With this passion to give back, it’s no surprise that Tim jumped at the opportunity to join the advisory panel of CPA Ontario’s inaugural Community of Interest, Emerging Leaders. He was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time to discuss his views on teaching the younger generation, what inspires him, and where that love of cars was born.