What to Look For

  • Does the individual hold an active CPA license?
  • Are your needs compatible with the CPA’s personality and communication style?
  • Does the CPA have the experience you need?

Why Do I Need A C.P.A.?

Many people do not know how a CPA is different from a bookkeeper or tax preparer. The CPA designation is one of the most widely recognized and highly trusted professional designations in the business world. CPAs are distinguished from other finance professionals by stringent qualification and licensing requirements.

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) act as advisers to individuals, businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies on a wide range of financial matters. Today, many individuals and businesses turn to CPAs for help with tax preparation, personal financial planning, auditing services, and advice on developing effective accounting systems.

Currently the majority of states in US require a CPA to hold a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 150 credit hours with  30 credit hours in accounting classes.  In addition to the education a CPA must sucessfully past a rigorous 14 hour, 4 part nationaly administered exam, pass a state ethics exam, be of good character, and be approved by his or her state to practice as CPA.

What qualifications should you look for when choosing a CPA? Before you select a CPA, make sure you consider the following questions: .

  • Does the individual hold an active CPA license?
  • Are your needs compatible with the CPA’s personality and communication style?
  • Does the CPA have the experience you need?