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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

An accountant who has met certain standards, including experience, age, and licensing, and passed exams in a particular state.

Certified Public Accountant

A professionally licensed accountant. In the United States, CPA eligibility conditions vary by state, but all require the successful completion of a four-part CPA exam. CPAs can legally give public attestation to advice on financial statements; for example, only a CPA can sign an in-house audit. See also: Accountancy.


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Yet national statistics show that while more than half of accounting graduates and new CPAs are female, only 19% of public accounting partners are women.
Specific investment advice" test: Finally, if the CPA provides advice or reports on securities "on anything other than rare, isolated and non-periodic instances," the exclusion is lost; see Release No.
They also hoped that CPA graduates would vocalize their experiences and share the knowledge they gained with others in the community.
There seems to be consensus that there's a difference between shareholdings in clients served directly by the CPA vs.
By analyzing a divorcing couple's financial situation impartially, the neutral CPA helps
The risk is small to the divesting firm because the CPA has already decided the divested clients are not clients it wants to retain; the firm was prepared to let them go.
CPA programs should cover diverse police topics, and agencies should provide a basic overview of each subject.
Given the variations in state laws, we highly recommend you examine your state's specific regulations to determine if you are properly using the CPA designation.
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Individual NQAS applicants who pass the CPA examination before January 1, 2012, are eligible to obtain substantial equivalency for the purpose of interstate practice even if they have not completed 150 hours of education.
Conversely, the courts are likely (but not invariably) to hold that a CPA offering business or financial advice does have a fiduciary relationship with the client.