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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 San Diego accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Micky's Accounting Service is a one-stop operation for high-quality, professional accounting services with a great attitude and genuine know-how that comes from folks well-acquainted with all the nitty-gritty details. Friendly, fast and efficient. Highest recommendation!
Micky's Accounting ServiceMicky's Accounting Service
Brian M.
Carla was very knowledgeable about my QuickBooks issue. Professional all the way! I highly recommend Demur for accounting solutions.
DeMur Consulting LLCDeMur Consulting LLC
Kerry k.
She came in and got to work. Tenacious and very good at explaining what and how she would tackle the variety of accounting issues before her. Great follow up too.
Tinas TaxesTinas Taxes
Natasha H.
FirstCorr provided a very informative phone call about my S-Corp taxes. I was just checking to see if my other accounting advice was correct, and firstcorr helped me understand easily the one phone call we had.
FirstCorr Financial Services LLCFirstCorr Financial Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Micky was very helpful with what we needed regarding QuickBooks. She corrected our mistakes and explained how to properly input specific items into the software. She was friendly and knowledgeable about QB and accounting. We are pleased with her services and she got us back on track!
Micky's Accounting ServiceMicky's Accounting Service
Marlene M.
We could not be more pleased. We interviewed five other CPA’s and found Mohamed’s service to be far better in terms of experience for our small business needs. Mohamed has done several hours of research for us already and not yet asked us for a single penny. The quality of his work is excellent and so, we’ve decided to move not only our small business but also our personal accounting over to him. We recommend him highly.
Nexus SquareNexus Square
Randy R.
Leigh helped our business in a time of crisis. Our bookkeeper had complications after delivering her baby and I needed help getting out invoices and setting up a new instance of Quickbooks. I reached out to Leigh and she immediately responded and set up a meeting to get the process going. We were able to get the monthly invoices out to customers on a timely basis and she helped clean up and re-establish our entire accounting system in Quickbooks. She did not let me down and she has continued to provide guidance and support whenever we need it.
Leigh FredricksLeigh Fredricks
Samantha A.
I wish I found Jill sooner! I came to Jill in a desperate scramble because as a first year business owner I thought I knew everything. But, even though my books were a mess she started over from scratch with me. She took the time to explain things and hiring her made my life so much easier. Jill has been handling our account now for over a year and I am so thankful we hired her. We have become a rather large company since the beginning and Jill hasn’t skipped a beat with our growth. Our financial records are one thing I never have to worry about!!
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