What Does a CPA Do?
A CPA is a certified public accountant, but what does that mean? What do they do? Here is a list of some areas in which CPAs work. You'll see there are many ways that CPAs help businesses.
In addition to traditional audit services, such as examining the annual reports of public companies, exciting niche areas of assurance have increased the demand for the expertise of CPAs.
Individuals, businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies need CPAs to offer objective advice and assistance in both financial and strategic areas.
Information Technology (IT) Services
Exploding IT growth has created huge opportunities for CPAs with strong computer skills to design and implement advanced systems to fit an organization's needs.
Also known as investigative accounting or fraud auditing, forensic accounting digs below accounting records, searching for evidence of criminal misconduct.
With increasing resources focused on environmental issues, these CPAs conduct compliance audits and design preventive systems to ensure compliance.
In today's global economy, CPAs with an understanding and mastery of international trade laws and regulations are in great demand.
Tax and Financial Planning
CPAs help individuals and companies with financial planning, investments, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.
This information is published courtesy of the AICPA's "Takin' Care of Business" brochure.