Accountants help to ensure that the Nationís firms are run efficiently, its public records kept accurately, and its taxes paid properly and on time. Accountants perform these vital functions by offering an increasingly wide array of business and accounting services to their clients.

Public accountants perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for their clients, who may be corporations, governments, nonprofit organizations, or individuals. Public accountants, many of whom are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), generally have their own businesses or work for public accounting firms. CPA's are required to have at least a bachelor's degree, as well as be certified by the state they are employed in.


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