If you believe that only the rich and famous need the services of a certified public accountant (CPA), think again.
CPAs act as advisors to individuals, businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies on a wide range of financial matters. Today, many individuals turn to a CPA’s for help with both their tax preparation and personal financial planning. Increasingly, people rely on CPAs for assistance in building college funds, planning for retirement, and creating estate plans.
Business owners and managers of various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations have traditionally depended on CPAs for auditing services and advice on developing effective accounting systems, maximizing operating results, and resolving various management problems. In addition, CPAs assist businesses in designing and installing data processing and management information systems.
If you are interested in the services that CPAs provide, this short guide can offer you some basic tips on how to choose and use a CPA.