Certified Public Accountant


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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.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

An accountant who has met certain state requirements as to age, education, experience, residence, and accounting knowledge, the latter measured by the successful completion of an extensive series of examinations. In most instances, only CPAs are permitted to render opinions on the fairness of financial statements.
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Zimmers is a certified public accountant who joins the Philadelphia metro market as a manager.
The IRS replied to a request from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants by asking for anecdotal evidence regarding the difficulties that firms are encountering in complying with these and other tax rules.
In addition, he is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Education Summary: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin 1973; Bachelor of Business Administration, management with accounting emphasis, University of New Mexico, 1980; Certified Public Accountant
The specific puposes for which this corporation is formed are: to advance the science of accountancy; to encourage the maintenance of high professional standards for the Certified Public Accountant; to cultivate cordial relationships among practicing accountants; to promote a better lay understanding of the services rendered by Certified Public Accountants; and to act in a representative capacity for the profession.
At its spring 2003 meeting, the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants authorized a member referendum with respect to changes to the bylaws to enhance the AICPA's ethics enforcement process.
Second: That the purposes for which it is formed are: To advance the science of accountancy; to encourage the maintenance of high professional standards for the Certified Public Accountant; to cultivate cordial relationships among practicing accountants; to promote a better lay understanding of the services rendered by Certified Public Accountants; and to act in a representative capacity for the profession.
In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Stone also holds the designations of Certified Financial Planner and Personal Financial Specialist.

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