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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 Alamo Heights accountants
Thumbtack Customer
MFCPA has been a very helpful accounting firm for my small consulting business. Their willingness to answer even some of the smallest items has been instrumental in why I've selected them to handle my accounting needs.
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They did great work in the time given. Will continue to use them for my accounting needs.
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks to the guys at MFCPA! I had an extremely hard time finding a good accountant in San Antonio. These guys are great! They do everything from bookkeeping to accounting and tax preparation + filing. I'm thankful that thumbtack exists and made it possible to come into contact with Charlie & Marco!!
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Lisa Y.
I am very impressed! My Quick-books accounting is in disarray. Not only is Cindi and team correcting all my mistakes, they are very understanding with no judgment. I highly recommend this team
KAC Consulting, Inc.KAC Consulting, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Charlie is knowledgeable and professional. He knows accounting, but he also understood my business and more than just numbers. As an entrepreneur, I appreciate working with someone who has experience with other entrepreneurs. A+
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Charlie & Marco certainly know what they are doing and are very helpful. I feel confident I can leave my accounting to them while I run my business and will continue utilizing their expertise in the future.
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Jeff Y.
Charlie and his team have been very responsive, patient, and understanding with my small business needs. They're willing to deal with all of my basic questions as a new business owner and guide me through the complex (in my opinion) world of accounting and bookkeeping.
CloudBookkeeping, LLCCloudBookkeeping, LLC
Andrew M.
As a small business, we needed a bookkeeper we could trust. Had prior relationships — everything from big accounting firms to mom & pops. It wasn’t until we were able to connect with Shanna at SJL Bookkeeping LLC that we have been this satisfied! SJL was prompt with understanding our small business needs. SJL is organized and is clear in communication — essential for a busy office. SJL keeps our business on-track and makes value-added contributions for how we can improve our financials and tax position. Any time we have a one-off question, SJL has always responded with guidance, including an explanation. This is impressive as even with large accounting firms, we often waited days to get the run around with schedules and reschedules. For the customized services provided, SJL is reasonable with the cost for services. SJL has been a refreshing change on this industry and has been a perfect match for our needs. If you are a small business and have been stressing about your bookkeeping, I would highly recommend you investigate how SJL might be the solution you’ve been missing.
SJL Bookkeeping LLCSJL Bookkeeping LLC
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