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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.
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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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Modem audits require input from and participation by many different types of professionals in addition to CPA auditors.
For Jimmy Williamson, "America counts on CPAs" is more than a tagline.
The benefits of the PFS designation are an indication of the advantages it provides to a CPA. It especially can help practitioners stand out from the crowd.
Against this backdrop, the LPD began its CPA with three goals in mind.
Whichever camp you're in, the inevitable and probably most important question is: How will changes in the structure of CPA firms affect auditor independence?
Miller, CPA, founding and managing shareholder of Miller Grossbard in Houston, says his 24-person, 14-partner firm started offering HR consulting and CFO executive search and placement after a client asked for help recruiting a CFO.
Further, the SEC has pursued limited actions against CPAs in this area.
In 1985, the Orlando, Florida, Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in the United States to organize a CPA. [4] Classes met one night each week for 10 weeks.
If you suspect an employee may be inadvertently or deliberately using the CPA designation improperly, your company may be vulnerable to repercussions.
Where necessary, the CPA values businesses and other assets.
As professionals, CPAs have a responsibility to provide their clients with quality service.
Challenges of recent years have culminated in a wide range of initiatives that reinforce CPAs' professionalism and expand opportunities for members.