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What is a CPA?

A CPA (certified public accountant) is a trusted financial adviser who has passed the rigorous CPA Exam and met experience requirements before being licensed, and maintains continuing professional education courses for their CPA certification.

 CPAs can be:

  • Auditors
  • Business advisers
  • Decision makers
  • Tax consultants
  • Accounting consultants
  • And much more to both individuals and businesses.

CPA vs Accountant

Not all accountants can call themselves CPAs. A CPA must adhere to certain professional and technical requirements. Here are some important facts to consider when you are choosing a financial professional.

  • CPA is a certified public accountant licensed by the state.
  • CPAs must meet certain work experience requirements.
  • CPAs must meet continuing education requirements.
  • CPAs follow a strict code of ethics


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Find a CPA by location, specialty, or even language based on your individual needs. Thousands of consumers use this service annually.

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Financial Tips

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    Family Business Succession Planning

    When you are part of a family business, succession planning is one of the toughest discussions to have. The key, though, is to begin these discussions well before you think it is necessary.
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  • Terri Johnson, CPA

    Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer

    Every year, taxpayers must decide whether to self-prepare their returns or pay for a professional to assist in filing. If you are considering relieving some of the burden by hiring a professional, this blog provides information that may assist you in choosing the right tax preparation path.
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Taxes for Living and Working in Different States

If you live in Pennsylvania and work in a neighboring state, or vice versa, this guide will help you navigate the often treacherous landscape of how to file your taxes. Consult with a CPA on complex interstate tax issues. 

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PICPA members have answered hundreds of questions about personal finance, small business, taxes and more. Search the library for guidance and consult a CPA before taking action.