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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.

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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 Johns Creek accountants
Jeff G.
I was starting a new business and was looking for an accountant that I was comfortable with and wasn’t a small fish in a big pond. Kurt is as knowledgeable as they come, responsive, communicates effectively and always has your best interest at heart. If you want a Professional accountant but also want that personal touch then I would highly recommend Kurt
KEGco Accounting Services Inc.
Laura D.
Finding Pytel and Associates was a Godsend! We have had more communication and interaction with Tim and his team within the past week than with our previous accountant over the past 5 years. I’m so pleased with the service we received. They are thorough, professional and knowledgeable. Now that we found Tim, our personal return is out of the way. We can begin some very much needed estate accounting work, knowing we are in good hands.
Pytel  Associates Income  Tax & Accounting, LLCPytel Associates Income Tax & Accounting, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Diane completed my complicated personal and business tax return for 2015. I rated her as outstanding because she has in depth knowledge of taxes and asked the right questions to ensure the return was filed properly. She is easy going and a joy to work with. My return was filed timely and to my satisfaction. Thanks Diane for doing a great job. I recommend Diane as your small business and tax accountant.
Diane L Poston, LLCDiane L Poston, LLC
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