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What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

Who licenses CPAs?

The Board of Accountancy for your state or district licenses certified public accountants (CPAs). When searching for a CPA to help you with your finances or taxes, make sure they are properly licensed in your state. Here are a few tools you can use to verify an accountant’s license:

You can also ask an accountant to provide proof of their license and credentials.

What do CPAs do?

According to the American Institute of CPAs, certified public accountant (CPAs) financially advise individuals, big companies and small businesses to help them reach their financial goals. For example, they can consult you on taxes and other accounting needs. 

What do forensic accountants do?

Forensic accountants investigate financial crimes involving fraud, embezzlement and other issues. They often work closely with law enforcement and lawyers, and they can help determine the legality of financial activities, according to the BLS.

Reviews for Phoenix accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Samad was beyond excellent. Knowledgeable, timely and very personable. I definitely found an accountant for life. Thank you Samad. JB
Samad Benzrioual, EA, MBA LLCSamad Benzrioual, EA, MBA LLC
Daphne L.
Nike at Threelyn Accounting has been a pleasure to work with. She is very knowledgeable and has a pleasant personality. Although we haven't actually had work completed by her for us yet, we have hired her and I believe she'll do a great job for us! Thanks Nike & Threelynn and Thumbtack for the connection!!
Threelyn Accounting ServicesThreelyn Accounting Services
Demetria H.
I called Ms. Nike Threelyn on a Wednesday, I told her what I needed and Ms Threelyn the next week had completed the work that I had to have completed within a certain time. I will continue to use Ms. Threelyn for future accounting work and I will recommend her. Thank you Nike
Threelyn Accounting ServicesThreelyn Accounting Services
Trent G.
I recently moved to Arizona and didn’t know I’ve any credible tax accounting companies… I took a chance and Williams business solutions and they did not disappoint… She was incredibly professional, helpful, insightful and always willing to answer my questions… And she finished my taxes fast and efficiently… I would highly recommend them for anyone needing their taxes to be done quickly and correctly… Im so glad I was able to find such a quality company to work with…
Williams Business SolutionsWilliams Business Solutions
Cynthia T.
I've been working with Naomi for about a year now. She is friendly, when you can actually get ahold of her. I have to follow up with her multiple times just to get her to complete my books. She will be 4-5 months behind until I reach out and tell her to get caught up. After multiple texts, calls and emails then she will finally reach back. Don't hire her unless you want to babysit her to make sure your work gets done. Yes she's cheap for a reason. I'm sure her accounting skills are fine, but what does that matter if she's constantly behind on your books and you can't get ahold of her?
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