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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 Sun Valley accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Cleaned up Quickbooks Online accounting for me.
Tax Accounting & Consulting Service  TACServicesTax Accounting & Consulting Service TACServices
Thumbtack Customer
It has been a true pleasure working with Absolutely Advanced Accounting. They were able to come in during our busiest time of year and jump into some pretty complicated sales, inventory and accounting systems to seamlessly integrate and balance all our files. They have also been instrumental in helping us streamline tax filing with an amazing amount of accuracy and efficiency. All this and super pleasant to work with as well! If you're looking for the perfect accounting ally- Absolute Accounting is surely it :)
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Jose A.
First time working with an accountant very professional will respond with in 24 hours. Looking forward to working Marisela
Infinium Accounting & TaxInfinium Accounting & Tax
Paula L.
Put as much time and energy in actually delivering services as you do selling them. Accounting was perpetually late (didn't get 2017 accounts from August on reconciled until February 2018) -despite repeated requests. We hired Gilman to handle accounting, bookkeeping and payroll for two of our companies. The best thing they did was set up our payroll to make it seamless for us for each company. However, when we requested a refund of accounting fees paid for months where no data entry or reconciliation was done (we did the last 4 months ourselves for each company), Gilman's response was to immediately terminate our payroll services that same day - without giving us any chance to transfer to a new service provider. We gave them the benefit of the doubt repeatedly - and extra time to provide the services repeatedly.
Gilman & Co. CPAS, P.C.Gilman & Co. CPAS, P.C.
Aaron S.
I was quoted $400 - $500 to setup the account. Once the work was underway and I had paid the deposit the estimate shot to $1500+ Now that I'm working with another accountant that specializes in my field, I found out that my suspicions were correct. This has cost me a lot of time and money. Nothing was set up correctly. I hate leaving a bad review but I can't get past this one.
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Pamela's knowledge of accounting is superb. She takes her time to explain in detail so that you understand the process. I was impressed with her skill, customer service and attitude. I will definitely be using her in the future.
Simplicity Consulting, Inc.Simplicity Consulting, Inc.
Will K.
I'm a relatively new client of Absolutely Advanced Accounting, so I am still learning of their capabilities, work quality, industry knowledge, and level of customer service. That said, I have been entirely satisfied with my experience thus far. One of my concerns of engaging a multi-staff accounting entity rather than an individual to maintain my bookkeeping (and other misc acc'ting services) was potential lack of personal attention from the larger company. I absolutely have NOT found this to be true of Shanah and her team...in fact, on the contrary. Shanah as the face and guiding force behind this business is ever present, ever available, and ever cheerful! I will readily admit that I hold rather high standards, and am more often than not disappointed by many service providers. This is not the case with Absolutely Advanced Accounting...they are clearly a cut above the rest. I sincerely mean that, and highly recommend them.
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa has been a great addition to the team by stepping in quickly and taking on our bookkeeping and payroll needs. She is quick to pick up on our business needs and has presented solutions that hopefully will help streamline some of our accounting methods.
Rocky Mountain Accounting & Tax ServicesRocky Mountain Accounting & Tax Services
Thumbtack Customer
To Whom It May Concern: I would like to take this opportunity to recommend the skills and expertise of Shanah Shaffer and Absolutely Advanced Accounting to other small businesses who require bookkeeping and accounting services. Shanah has a terrific attitude, is energetic, aggressive toward the accuracy of Brush Strokes Painting’s bookkeeping and using QuickBooks, which she has expert knowledge of both using and purchasing the correct product for the applicable company’s use and application. She has an understanding of the construction business and the intricacy’s it brings to both accurate bookkeeping as well as billing and collecting revenue for the business. Being a small business and relatively new in the Denver area, I am very lucky to have found Shanah Shaffer and Absolutely Advanced Accounting to handle our bookkeeping. If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me (720) 398-9689, Scott Bergman Founder & President of Brush Strokes Painting Regards, Scott
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
One person works here full time, so there is not any support outside of the owner. We felt our bills were inflated due to her mistakes and inaccuracies. We ran into many issues with her being confrontational and not accepting accountability. This was a very painful experience.
Absolutely Advanced Accounting, LLCAbsolutely Advanced Accounting, LLC
Denis M.
EMC Accounting helped us resolve an issue we had with the State of Colorado where CO disputed my original return. EMC gave me a detailed plan for resolving my issue and provided me with the costs up front. EMC resolved my issue quickly and at a lower cost than was originally quoted. EMC's communication was excellent. I would not hesitate to utilize EMC's services again in the future.
EMC Accounting GroupEMC Accounting Group
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