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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 Carnegie Hill accountants
Kevin J.
Caroline was not only very helpful for my very unique accounting project, but also truly fun to work with. I intend to use Caroline not only for future professional projects, but also my personal accounting.
Skylight Financial Inc. - Accounting SolutionsSkylight Financial Inc. - Accounting Solutions
Carrie K.
Our charitable organization was desperately behind with filing our tax returns and we had a difficult time getting quotes for service by an accountant. Apparently Non-Profit tax returns are not especially valuable business in the accounting world. ACE did reply and was chosen based reviews, location and professionalism. We are so happy and look forward to a long standing relationship with ACE Advisory Mangement. Thank you!
ACE ADVISORY MANAGEMENT LLCACE ADVISORY MANAGEMENT LLC
Tami G.
Extremely Professional and Detail Oriented! Great Knowledge base and I feel Very Confident in this company handling my accounting needs. I wish I could give more than 5 🌟
Carl AmaralCarl Amaral
Ashley C.
John is great!! He is super responsive and answers all my questions (trust me I have a lot.) But he’s prompt with time as he does my book keeping & taxes and I couldn’t ask for a better accountant!
1040's by John LLC.1040's by John LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Brittany was very detailed and communicative throughout the filing of my tax return. It was a pleasure working with her and I am relieved to have her handle more of my accounting in the future. I would recommend her for any freelancer stuggling with their taxes.
Countless LLCCountless LLC
James f.
Tamika, is great, professional, knows what she is doing and explains things in a way that are clear and to the point. After just one session I feel like the company in on the road to organization and accurate bookkeeping and thus accounting. We will hopefully work together for years to come.
T&H BUSINESS SERVICES LLCT&H BUSINESS SERVICES LLC
Justin R.
We are a first year company that needed help with our tax filings. Christian was a blessing to work with. We previously worked with another accountant who made the tax process incredibly difficult and confusing. Christian made the process seamless. He made time to talk with us in a timely manner and when we did speak he would take an extended amount of time to make sure we understood all of our options including our options with different C vs S vs LLC corporate structuring options. I LOVED working with Christian and I highly recommend him over the other accountants on Thumbtack. He shows true compassion for the people he works with.
The Ecommerce AccountantsThe Ecommerce Accountants
Tim M.
Bob with Grey Fox Accounting did an amazing job. His work was above and beyond what I needed. He was easy to communicate with, quick in his responses, and helped translate industry complexities so that they were easy to understand. He made my life and business easier and I look forward to working with him again soon!
Grey Fox AccountingGrey Fox Accounting
Arthur K.
Kim is incredible to work with! She audited my past taxes, took care of my company structure setup and has filed taxes for couple years in a row now. Not only is she a smart, very knowledgeable tax professional, but also her responsiveness, and customer service skills are superb. She is incredibly quick and efficient and is always accessible by phone and email when I have questions. Kim is a wonderful asset to have on your side when it comes to all things taxes, accounting, corporate structures - you won't be sorry you called her!
Kim Walker, CPAKim Walker, CPA
Sarah E.
I can not say enough about how great it has been working with Ace Advisory, not only on our taxes but also on our quest to acquire a Home Mortgage Loan (which requires constant prompt responses from one's accountant). I am convinced that without the support of Ace Advisory's instant responses to our Mortgage Bank's requests, we would not have had such amazing success!! Atabu Otobo's vast knowledge of Tax Regulations, Financial Advice and also his innate understanding of our needs has been priceless. We are so thankful that we found Ace Advisory and look forward to working with them long-term as we build for our future!
ACE ADVISORY MANAGEMENT LLCACE ADVISORY MANAGEMENT LLC
Thumbtack Customer
"We hired Countless LLC (Brittany Turner) to provide standard bookkeeping services. These services started by moving our books over from QBO to Xero. Brittany spearheaded this migration and did a good job coordinating the transfer of data into Xero. After getting our books into Xero, Brittany was in charge of organizing our general ledger and putting it into categories that made our financials easy to view from a management perspective. She was also in charge of using an internally developed Excel tool to generate weekly and monthly invoices to our customers. Brittany has a strong working knowledge of both QBO and Xero. With Xero, she was able to upload complex invoices in a fast, automated fashion that helped us streamline our invoicing process. She also has basic accounting principles in her skill set. While the general familiarity with using programs like Xero and QBO was there, I rated the experience as poor for three main reasons: 1. Abrasive attitude - Brittany is fairly abrasive nature and is hard to communicate with directly. She can take things very personally when you are trying to be direct, and this can often comes out as a bad attitude at work. This made it difficult to provide direction without feeling pushback or hesitation from Brittany. At one point, she told me flat out, "I'm not going to sit there and just do data entry for a couple of hours." When we hire people (either employees or contractors), we look for individuals that understand teamwork and that certain tasks might not be ideal but need to get done. I did not get this impression from Brittany. 2. Attention to Detail - As mentioned above, our company developed an internal Excel tool to create our customer invoices. This tool would download information from our software system and spit out weekly and monthly invoices in the form of Excel sheets. Within this tool we set up multiple system "checks" to verify that invoices would not have errors. After inspection of invoices that were sent out, we found multiple errors where these "checks" were overlooked or ignored by Brittany. We ultimately had to contact ALL of our customers and notify them that incorrect invoices were sent out. This was painful. 3. Pace of work - As mentioned, Brittany is very knowledgable in the general workings of QBO and Xero. However, she supported our company for approximately 6 weeks and made little headway beyond the migration from QBO to Xero. She was only working 1-2 days per week, but I would have anticipated at a minimum that full general ledger was restructured and the budgeting and forecasting would have been implemented in that timeframe. While she was timely in getting invoices sent out on a weekly and monthly basis, we often times found errors in these. I think Brittany is capable of very straightforward bookkeeping tasks and report generation. I would allow her to do weekly reconciliation as long as the charges are very defined and repeatable. I would trust her with getting those reconciliations in place and sending out reports to internal company personnel around those charges or profit centers. However, I would not task Brittany with anything where attention to detail is critical to success and where there is a lot of interaction with other individuals. Brittany works best alone and on very defined tasks."
Countless LLCCountless LLC
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