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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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The Ambassador program is intended to bring greater recognition and appreciation of the enduring value of the CPA to communities, business leaders, employers, legislators and others across the country.
You can't meet clients' needs with one hand tied behind your back," Williamson said, referring to the complex maze of regulations with which CPAs must cope to serve clients in more than one state.
Again, the SEC's definition is intentionally broad to include any type of compensation (separately stated or not) that a CPA receives for the advice.
3) increase the likelihood that CPA graduates will work with officers to identify and solve neighborhood problems.
Has the size of today's multinational, multidimensional CPA firms rendered many independence rules unrealistic or irrelevant?
Based on this forensic work, the neutral CPA recommends to the parties and their attorneys an equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, along with an amount for alimony.
The arrangement between the CPA firms can be as formal or informal as the parties wish, but the disclosures to clients must be handled carefully.
9] Through contacts with citizens, police officers can provide residents' feedback about the CPA to the agency's administration.
If you realize you are incorrectly using the CPA designation, you can, of course, become a licensed CPA, choose not to use the designation or get involved in changing the state laws to specifically allow accountants without a current license to use the designation.
Melissa Sorensen, CPA (Greenstein Rogoff Olsen & Co.
Under the joint model UAA, a CPA has the privileges of licensees of the new jurisdiction if he or she consents to its board's disciplinary authority, which can be enforced in either the new location or the CPA's home state if he or she violates any laws while performing services.