What Is a CPA and How Can One Help Me?

Use our free, searchable directory to find a Certified Public Accountant near you.

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If you think all accountants and other business advisors are alike, think again. Those who are able to call themselves Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) have met stringent education and experience requirements, must perform their work in accordance with high quality technical and professional standards, and must adhere to a strict code of professional ethics. Individuals have worked hard to obtain the CPA designation, and they are committed to working even harder to deliver the value that it conveys.

As advisors to businesses and individuals, CPAs provide the technical expertise, innovative thinking and personal service that help organizations thrive and enable families and individuals to achieve financial security. In today's global, competitive and information-driven environment, CPAs' core competencies - integrity, objectivity and independence - bring new and diverse value to clients. 

The type and range of services offered by a particular CPA firm will depend on the skill, interest and experience mix of the partners and staff. Service include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Tax Service
  • Accounting and Auditing Services
  • Management and Business Consulting 
  • Assurance Services
  • Information Technology
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Fraud Investigations