Why choose a CPA Firm?
Choosing the right team to help you with your personal or business tax and accounting needs should be evaluated no differently than hiring an expert attorney or seeking out an expert medical practitioner.
Much like an attorney or a doctor, a Certified Public Accountant (also known as a CPA) is a state-licensed professional. When choosing a CPA firm over another type of accounting firm it is important to understand the differences a public accounting firm will make.
Unfortunately, in our industry, anyone without any sort of background or education in accounting can help prepare tax returns and financial statements. In many cases, clients that hire us are surprised to find out that their prior tax professional was not a licensed CPA. Most automatically assume they hired a CPA to handle their very sensitive tax and financial matters.
Unfortunately in our industry, anyone without any sort of background or education in accounting can help prepare tax returns and financial statements. In many cases, clients that hire us are surprised to find out that their prior tax professional was not a licensed CPA. Most automatically assume they hired a CPA to handle their very sensitive tax and financial matters.
How is a CPA different?
- A CPA must have a formal education in accounting and have an in-depth understanding of accounting principles.
- The CPA will have 150 college credits and typically hold a Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
- A candidate will sit for and pass a rigorous 16+ hour CPA exam. One of the hardest tests in the nation.
- From there the individual will need to work under a licensed CPA and perform certain services for a year worth of time. The employer will then recommend the individual for public practice and submit a form to the state board of accountancy reflecting the candidate’s experience obtained while employed under a licensed CPA.
Hiring a CPA is a smart business investment and is a substantial resource to you when you are looking to save money, managing your business plan, and preparing your company’s’ taxes. Here are a few reasons why your business will benefit from a CPA accountant:
- Tax law is confusing and always changing. CPA’s job is to stay current on the tax code and make sure your business is receiving the best tax benefits possible.
- Improving and Maintain Debt and Credit Rating. A CPA knows how to quickly and efficiently build your business’s credit rating and reduce your debt. CPAs ensure that they keep that a priority will manage your business affairs and corresponding with any creditors,
- CPAs are valuable resources for businesses. Whether you are running a large business with multiple ventures, you are self-employed, or if you are starting a brand new business, CPAs are knowledgeable assists to partner with because they best understand how to file the correct tax forms timely, how to manage a large employee base, and where to lower your taxes and receive write-offs.
- CPAs are well-versed. If your business conduct interstate transactions, a CPA is a smart choice. CPAs have exposure to multiple state tax laws and are well versed in assisting with multiple state tax compliances. transactions, a CPA will have the knowledge and the capacity to serve your business.
- CPAs are reliable. Life has ebbs and flows and managing a business, family, and dealing with life’s challenges is often a lot for the individual plate. CPAs are your solution for a reliable way to navigate life changes, confer about taking business risks, and a great way to save yourself time and money.
Verify that your tax professional holds a CPA license in your state by searching the state’s board database online. In the state of Florida, you can check the state licensing portal.
There is typically no need to hire a CPA within your state only as many CPA’s are able to practice across state lines. These days have exposure to multiple state tax laws and are well versed in assisting with multiple state tax compliance.