To obtain and maintain their certification, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is required to have a comprehensive understanding of accounting matters. However, each CPA’s work experience may vary extensively. When looking for a CPA, it’s important to understand the areas of expertise that an individual CPA has so that you can determine which CPA best fits your needs.
For businesses, you should approach hiring a CPA, or CPA firm, similarly as if the person was going to be a full-time employee. For example, you should know the desired experience and skill requirements, task responsibilities, and salary expectations. Another attribute that is commonly overlooked is whether they fit your company culture. You should hire someone that you would want to sit down the hall and who will provide advice in-line with your priorities.
Also, it’s possible you will need more than one CPA. All large companies employ many CPAs to help navigate the various regulations and standards. As a small business, you should evaluate whether retaining multiple CPAs will provide the best solution for your business. For example, if your current CPA’s primary area of expertise is tax accounting but you need help projecting cost and revenue, formulating a business plan, or navigating the company’s growth, a tax accountant might not be the best fit for these additional tasks. In this situation, it would be prudent to explore CPA options, such as utilizing multiple CPAs.
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