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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 Atlanta accountants
Thumbtack Customer
Great accountant at a great rate. Very confident and excellent quality service.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Darien H.
My experience with Fausta at Accounting & Tax Solutions has been great thus far. She followed up very quickly and efficiently after my initial inquiry and was very clear and concise about the services she offered. I appreciated her professionalism and overall kind demeanor, especially when working through such difficult problems as accounting and taxes. I'm looking forward to completing this project and feel at ease with the support of Fausta at Accounting and Tax solutions.
Accounting & Tax SolutionsAccounting & Tax Solutions
Vincetravia S.
Ms.Yvonne is an awesome accountant very helpful and informative she motivates you to work towards your business goals helping you to take one step at a time...Thankyou for all of your help
QuickLook Accounting Solutions, Inc.QuickLook Accounting Solutions, Inc.
Nik P.
Tim is fantastic. He is extremely knowledgable and provides a great deal of advice and insights. Tim is more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure his customers (myself) are satisfied with his accounting/tax work. Tim also spends extra time explaining intricate details of the process. Highly recommend!
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Amanda O.
Jessie has been fantastic for us. Me and my business partner started our company about a year and a half ago and really didn't have much idea of what we were doing when it came to managing the books. Despite my best efforts, they were kind of a mess by the end of the year, so I called Jessie in to get them straightened out. All it took was one meeting and now my books look beautiful! Plus she taught me QuickBook basics as we went through everything so I can do a better job with the day to day business accounting throughout the year. Highly recommend!
Sunflower Office SolutionsSunflower Office Solutions
Dawn K.
I recently switched accountants and I could not be happier. Although it is early in the process, I feel confident that this will be a long term commitment for me. From day one, Tim has been extremely reliable and easy to contact. He is is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and is always available to answer any questions I have. Immediately, he pointed out things that I need to be doing in order to have an organized and healthy financial future. We recently started working together and I will update as time goes on; however, I trust that my finances are in the right hands and I look forward to working with Pytel Associates.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
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