what does a CPA do?

What does a CPA, Certified Public Accountant, do?

  • CPAs or Certified Public Accountants work closely with the tax department to ensure performance of tax planning, client interaction and special projects.

  • Research and resolve tax and accounting issues.

  • Review completed tax forms and provide recommendations when applicable.

  • Collaborate with staff on income tax preparation and planning.

  • Represent clients with IRS and other audits.

  • Cultivate and grow relationships with clients through regular communication and extraordinary service.

Common Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting required, Master's preferred

  • CPA certification required

  • Experience in public accounting

  • Comprehensive tax knowledge at the local, state and federal levels

  • Strong knowledge of Accounting software such as QuickBooks

  • Committed to providing exceptional customer service to clients

  • Able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment

National Average Salary

The average salary for a CPA is $85,304 per year in the United States in 2019.

*Our salary estimates are based data collected anonymously and varies greatly by experience, location, industry and other factors. These estimates should only be used as a guideline and only given to the for the purpose of general comparison only.


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