CPA stands for certified public accountant. The professional designation is earned by accountants that have obtained a higher level of education in multiple areas that includes accounting, auditing, finance, taxation, and other areas of financial expertise. They’re licensed, trusted and highly-trained professionals that assist clients in attaining their financial goals. All CPAs are accountants, but all accountants aren’t CPAs.
What They Do
A CPA provides consulting services and helps clients create strategic financial plans for the future. The professionals file taxes, maintain financial records, provide litigation consulting, and assist clients with retirement planning and exit strategies.
They work with individuals, businesses, multiple industries, education, government, and a wide variety of non-profit organizations to keep clients informed of their financial standing. A CPA can represent a client during a tax audit only if they’ve qualified as an Enrolled Agent and received the right to practice from the U.S. Government.
Some CPAs choose to specialize in fields ranging from environmental issues and agriculture to forensics. The professionals work for clients ranging from athletes and celebrities to some of the largest corporations in the world, along with small business operators. CPAs are committed to continuing education to provide the most effective and efficient services for their clients. A CPA utilizes highly-sophisticated and specialized software to ensure accuracy.
CPAs have a code of ethics. The information between clients and CPAs remains confidential. A CPA in Florida is required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of board approved ethics every 2 years.
Selecting a CPA
It’s critical for individuals to choose a CPA that they trust, since the professional will have access to personal and sensitive information. The CPA should also have expertise and experience in the client’s particular industry. It can be helpful to ask family, friends and peers for recommendations based on their personal experiences. The IRS also maintains a directory of credentialed professionals. CPAs are financial professionals and are available to answer any questions that may arise. Individuals need to feel comfortable taking any financial matter to their CPA.
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