Find an Accountant near Austin, TX

Find an Accountant near Austin, TX

Find an Accountant near Austin, TX

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 10 Accountants near Austin, TX

Accounting Services Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Austin accountants
Thumbtack Customer
We can not express how extremely happy we are with Roderick. He has kept his word and not only that but he is skilled with accounting like no other. We have spent 12 years struggling to keep up with the books and mostly over paying for the accounting services. Roderick quickly cleaned up what we had and established a good and affordable system going forward.
Roderick Robeson CPA LLCRoderick Robeson CPA LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Roderick knows his stuff and he is able to explain it to someone who knows nothing about accounting. I am so happy I found him!
Roderick Robeson CPA LLCRoderick Robeson CPA LLC
Darcy S.
I had a question and Naresh was so quick and helpful. He definitely helped prepare me for tax season, and I will be using him for all my own going accounting needs.
Naresh Setlur CPA, CGMANaresh Setlur CPA, CGMA
Rosemary B.
I have been extremely pleased with my experience with SJL Bookkeeping. Shanna is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She is well versed in a wide range of industries. I have been impressed with her knowledge of restaurant accounting.
SJL Bookkeeping LLCSJL Bookkeeping LLC
Adam s.
What can I say, Mr. Barr did great work, and Ill never fear doing my taxes again! His rates are very reasonable, so stop scrolling and pick this guy to do your accounting work!
Barr Law Firm LLCBarr Law Firm LLC
Stefan V.
I'm very happy with the service received. I was in the process of switching over from QB Desktop to QBOnline and had a lot of accounts and transactions that needed to be addressed. Shay was very patient and we were able to get everything sorted out quickly. Great service and highly recommended.
Shay GodfreyShay Godfrey
Elias E.
I consulted with Bernard on a very complex tax matter for my S-Corporation. He was very knowledgeable, took the time to ask me the right questions and gave me his perspective from several points of view, taking into account several risk factors. Thanks Bernard.
BR Tax Group LLCBR Tax Group LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I spoke with Mac a couple months ago, along with a few other accountants, an I immediately felt he was the right fit. So far, so good. I've switched over all my business accounting to Mac and his team, including payroll, and it's been a very hands-off experience from my end. Which, as a business owner, has tremendous value. Mac has been quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and to date has been a huge blessing. I've given Mac permission to verify this review if any one has any questions about the process and his services. Jacob B./ GRACELAND Windows, Doors, Design
Mac Reed, EA, MSAMac Reed, EA, MSA
Bryan R.
We have been reluctant to hire an accountant for quite a while, as our books were an absolute mess. I was worried that we would be a laughing stock. We finally decided to bite the bullet, and I'm so glad we called Shay. She had me at ease within 10 minutes of meeting her. She is very thorough,knowledgeable, and personable. She does everything she says she will, and she does it when she says she will do it. I highly recommend her.
Shay GodfreyShay Godfrey
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.