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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 Irvine accountants
Cheryl M.
I hired Angel Navarro from True Financial Talent to set up my business including my QuickBooks company accounting files. He was professional and knowledgeable in accounting matters. He worked on excel spreadsheets. And I have recommended him to multiple clients of mine.
True Financial TalentTrue Financial Talent
Kirsten E.
What a disappointment! We hired Shohreh to help us with accounting for both our business and our clients. She had great references and sounded good on the interview, but we found her follow-through and professional integrity to be well below standard. She was also very unclear as to whether she could actually commit to the work. With regard to our clients, after spending hours and dollars for her training, she told us she couldn’t handle the work after all. Then she told us she could. We lost at least one client after they complained about her lack of follow-through. With regard to our own needs, she completed 2019 1099s on 2020 forms and she refused to correct them, saying that she had personal issues that were preventing her from working. Yet when we discovered her on Thumbtack and reached out to her here, she didn’t recognize our name and said she was looking forward to discussing our needs. In addition to saying that there's no problem with her 1099 work -- using 2020 forms for the year 2019 -- another "reason" she won’t fix her 1099 errors is that we did not discover the mistake at the time she made it. OK, true. But a trustworthy pro will correct their mistakes even if they’re discovered later, say, in an audit, which was the case for us. If you choose to go with Shohreh, be sure to have another pro who can review her work, and be very clear about whether she can actually commit to it in the first place!
Shohreh YavariShohreh Yavari
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