CPAs do not all provide the same range of services,

although all CPAs meet substantially the same education, training, and licensing requirements. Therefore, when looking for a CPA, you should analyze your current and future financial needs and select someone who can address your particular concerns.

CPAs themselves have some suggestions on how you can make the best use of accounting services and get the most value fro your fee. Here are just a few of them:

  • Be prepared to discuss your plans and objectives. CPAs are in the best position to advise you and serve your interests when they understand the goals you have set.
  • Gather information about business or personal financial decisions under consideration so you can ask the CPA specific questions.
  • Clearly explain what you expect from the CPAs services.
  • Save yourself unnecessary fees by keeping good records and not using professional time for routine work.
  • Keep you CPA informed of changes in your personal and professional life. A recent marriage or divorce, the birth of a child, a career change, or an especially generous bonus can all have a significant impact on your tax liability and personal financial goals.