02 Jun What is a CPA?
What is a CPA?
A CPA is a Certified Public Accountant. In order to use the CPA designation, you must pass a rigorous test written by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and meet the strict education requirements set by a State Board of Accountancy. While the specific requirements vary by state, most states require five years of education (having a Bachelors and Masters degree in most circumstances), annual CPE (Continuing Professional Education), having several years of work/apprenticeship under an experienced CPA and paying a annual licensing fee.
How are they different than an Accountant or Bookkeeper?
CPAs are able to provide more comprehensive financial analysis. CPAs are also a key component during tax season. A CPA is generally more knowledgeable than a non-CPA, as well as having the ability to represent you with matters concerning the IRS.
Most CPAs maintain a membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and their state accounting society. These powerful organizations offer education to CPAs and work hard at advancing the accounting profession – something we can all be proud of.
Becoming a CPA is hard work and so is maintaining your CPA license. In study after study it has been proven that CPA’s are considered to be some of the most trustworthy individuals.
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