Certified Public Accountants in Belleville
What is a CPA?
While a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is always an accountant, not all accountants are CPAs. To become a CPA, an accountant must take and pass a series of rigorous tests administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A number of states also require CPAs to pass state exams as well. Accordingly, there are a number of accountants who never pass the CPA exam and though they can perform a variety of accountancy chores, they are not allowed to perform certain tasks that only a CPA can do.
CPAs are licensed professional accountants that must maintain a high standard of conduct. Only CPAs can perform certain services, such as audits and other attestation engagements.
Why do I need a CPA?
CPAs are professional accountants and must meet strict licensing and continuing education requirements. As a licensed professional, the CPA can function as an independent advisor or auditor.
CPAs can provide advice on a wide range of financial matters including tax preparation, personal financial planning, estate and trust planning, and many more.