Certified public accountants (CPAs) bring an unmatched level of knowledge, experience and education to the tax planning and preparation process. Across the country, CPAs regularly prepare basic income tax returns for individuals as well as more complex income and other tax returns for families, not-for-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes. The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries and a history of serving the public interest since 1877.
Why Choose a CPA?
Simply put, a CPA will save you money in the long run and look out for your best interests. Anyone can drop numbers into software to prepare a tax return. However, a CPA will analyze your specific situation for tax savings opportunities and help you plan for next year.
What Does It Take to Become a CPA?
CPAs are trusted professionals who are uniquely qualified to meet all of your personal or business financial management and tax planning needs. To obtain and keep a license, CPAs must:
- Have a college degree that often requires 150 semester hours
- Pass a comprehensive, rigorous four-section professional examination
- Abide by a code of professional ethics
- Meet strict state licensing guidelines including:
- Complete up to 120 hours of continuing professional education every two to three years
- Obtain a specific amount of professional work experience in public accounting
Find a CPA
Visit your state CPA society's website to find a CPA near you to help with all your tax and financial needs.