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What Is A Certified Public Accountant?

Taken from the Association of International Certified Public Accountants, here is a quick Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list on some of the basic fundamentals of what it means to be a CPA and full service accounting firm in Valdosta.

What is accounting and why is it important?
Accounting is often called the “language of business” because it deals with interpreting and communicating information about a company’s operations and finances.

Accounting is extremely important to any company because the financial information, as interpreted by CPAs, allows executives to make informed business decisions-decisions that help those companies become more successful.

Economic events are measured and described by accounting. Everyone works with and uses accounting ideas, whether they’re managing a business, investing money, or just deciding how to spend their paycheck.

In business, accounting links the past with the future. It provides decision-makers information about recent financial activity, as well as information and recommendations useful for forecasting future events.

 

Are CPAs and accountants the same thing?

Yes and no. All CPAs are accountants, but not all accountants are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The principal differences between accountants and CPAs are education, experience, and opportunity. Becoming a CPA is a challenging goal, but one very much within your reach.

In order to become a CPA, there are education and experience requirements you’ll need to fulfill, and a Uniform CPA Exam that you must pass. Receiving your CPA certification distinguishes you from other business professionals – the benefits are increased trust, opportunity, and financial reward.

 

What is a CPA and what do they do?
CPAs are many things. They are chief financial officers for Fortune 500 companies and advisors to small neighborhood businesses. They work for public accounting firms, both small and large. They are well-respected strategic business advisors and decision-makers. They act as consultants on many issues, including taxes and accounting.

A CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, is a trusted financial advisor who helps individuals, businesses, and other organizations plan and reach their financial goals. Whatever those goals-saving for a new home, opening a new office, or planning a multi-billion dollar merger-CPAs can help.

Getting your CPA certification opens the kinds of doors that can fast-track you into influential jobs in every industry. Whom do you think the FBI recruits to investigate criminal fraud? What profession is often a stepping-stone to holding positions like Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)? Who helps rock stars manage their money, and avoid going broke? View the career opportunities section.

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