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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

Financial Tips

  • Jim DeGaetano

    Creating Good Money Habits in Children

    Establishing solid money habits doesn't just emerge from establishing solid life habits. Saving money involves sacrifice and delaying gratification. This can be difficult for our children growing up in an “I want it now” world. Of course we want the best for our kids, but there must be a balance in our approach or they will grow up with unrealistic expectations. Consider these steps: Delay it, play it, say it, and display it.
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  • Oliver Arthur, CPA

    How Others See the CPA Profession and Its Impact

    A CPA career is multifaceted and opportunities are virtually limitless, yet the public and potential CPAs only see the tip of the iceberg. And that can be a problem. It's hard to get excited about a career as a CPA without being aware of all the varying aspects of the profession.
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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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