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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.

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

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 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.

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. 

Reviews for Los Angeles accountants
Afshin H.
Abbas was very professional, patient, and knowledgeable in helping me with company's quickbooks account. I would highly recommend him.
A-Z Acctax ServicesA-Z Acctax Services
Thumbtack Customer
Sam is articulate and able to share a comprehensive view of accounting and the software he is working with. Excellent communication and education skills make Sam a must hire.
Sam TeachesSam Teaches
Lorin K.
My experience with Burhan is above and beyond my previous experience with another accountant whom I worked with for years. When I got to the point of total frustration with my original accountant ( questions unanswered, fees increasing, constant fines from different agencies for late filings), I saw Thumbtack and requested proposals from a number of their accountants. It was Burhan that responded immediately. The other accountants were comparable in price, but it was Burhan that rescued me by assuring me that he would do his very best to assist me with my financial needs. So far so good, my taxes are almost done (I made a few additions so their was a delay), he is also able to assist me with financial planning and payroll needs. Don't hesitate to give him a call, I am sure he will be able to help you too! Thank you Thumbtack.
Burhan Sheikh JabrBurhan Sheikh Jabr
Cayla H.
We had the best experience with MMF Accounting Services. Michelle works quickly and precisely and is always willing to get on the phone for a quick call. We appreciate her and will definitely use her again.
MMF Accounting Services LLCMMF Accounting Services LLC
William D.
Had an excellent experience with RCP accounting. Richard was very patient and responsive in working through some pretty complicated tax filing matters. He has years of experience and knows his ways with tax matters. I can't thank home enough!
RCP Tax Services, Inc.RCP Tax Services, Inc.
Justin P.
Working with Jamie is fantastic. He's responsive, knowledgable, and personable. Even with many questions, he's able to guide me through the process and assuage any concerns I may have. I highly recommend anyone seeking bookkeeping or accounting services hire him immediately.
GoFigure Bookkeeping ServicesGoFigure Bookkeeping Services
Rahul R.
I got in touch with Sabu for payroll tax accounting needs for my company. He is kind, professional and efficient. He was always prompt in responding to my queries and went out of his way to get my request completed on time. I would strongly recommend using his services.
Sabu Syriac CPA,MBASabu Syriac CPA,MBA
Latoya R.
Toya, answer my question in seconds. I speak her about my situation and she explained to me about how she can help me. Toya was a pleasure to talk to and I hired her. Thank you Toya for being my Business Account for my small business I'm growing 🙂
Abraham S.
Rachel and her team are incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and engaging. We interviewed several CPAs, and Carlsen Financial was a pleasant find. During our initial meeting, they took the time to understand our current tax situation and helped us develop a strategy for future growth. They took a multifaceted approached to our business goals by talking us through all of our available tax, accounting, legal, and investment options. Within 30 days, Carlsen Financial had set up our business entity, set us up with our accounting software, and started managing our bookkeeping. They filed our first tax return this year, and we are extremely satisfied with the overall process and the benefit of their expertise. We consider Rachel and her team partners in business, and we look forward to a long and seasoned partnership.
Rachel Carlsen, CPARachel Carlsen, CPA
Denise W.
I actually feel weird about saying that working with an accountant was actually a very pleasant experience. I feel so much more knowledgeable in dealing with the IRS after our in-depth conversation and the advice Hwesu gave me. I love the feeling of having someone so well versed in taxes and business on my side and I plan on working with Cobb-Phillips & Associates for many years to come.
Cobb-Phillips & AssociatesCobb-Phillips & Associates
Victor A.
Where do I begin? Yolanda was the answer to my prayers. I received a letter from the IRS with a payment due for an exorbitant amount of money. After the initial shock wore off I came onto thumbtack to start researching CPAs. Yolanda was one of my options and boy am I glad that she reached out. It only took minutes for her to respond with a phone call, immediately delving into the issue and providing me with free advice. FREE. Her willingness to offer advice was the deciding factor in contracting her to help me with my problem. She worked all weekend all my job, constantly communicating via phone or e-mail, explaining every step and being a comfort to my brain that the problem would be solved. I couldn't be happier with the results. Intelligent, experienced, courteous and hardworking. I owe a lot to Yolanda and will continue to use her for my accounting/tax needs.
Karuna Accounting and Labor Compliance ServiceKaruna Accounting and Labor Compliance Service
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