CPA Hiring Tips

A CPA is a professional accountant licensed by the state. CPAs are best for corporate accounting, tax audits, and business consulting.

An Enrolled Agent is a tax professional licensed by the IRS. They are best for complex tax issues, tax audits, and responding to tax collectors.

A Tax Preparer may be registered by the state and are suitable for straightforward tax returns.

Retail tax franchises such as H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, and Liberty Tax Service offer competent tax service for individuals who need to file relatively straight-forward tax returns.

After your interview, check the background of your tax accountant. Contact your state’s board of accountancy to check the status of a CPA’s license, for enrolled agents you can ask the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.

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