Why Hire a CPA?

Not all accountants can call themselves a certified public accountant (CPA). A CPA must adhere to certain professional and technical requirements. CPAs are relied upon because of their keen analytical and decision-making skills. Their clients also value their objectivity, integrity and dedication to service. CPA services go well beyond accounting, auditing and reporting.

CPA qualifications 

CPAs are tested and certified. A CPA is an accountant who has been certified by the state of Minnesota after passing a rigorous exam.

CPAs have a college degree. Eligible candidates must graduate with an appropriate baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited college with a focus on accounting or finance. 

CPAs must meet certain work experience requirements in public accounting, corporate accounting, finance or in academia to receive a CPA certificate. 

CPAs complete continuing education. Active CPAs must meet continuing education requirements every three years to maintain an active CPA certificate. 

CPAs follow a strict code of ethics. In addition to education and licensing requirements, members of the Minnesota Society of CPAs are bound by a strict code of professional ethics and are required to complete ethics courses. 

Why hire a CPA over another tax preparer?

Requirements and services provided
CPA Non-CPA
Required to pass the rigorous uniform CPA examination X  
Must pass state ethics exam X  
Certified and regulated by state law X  
Maintain continuing education to remain an active CPA X  
Prepare tax returns X

X

Rated most trusted business adviser in national studies X  
Licensed to audit financial statements of entities of all sizes X  
Provide bookkeeping services X

X

Adhere to a strict code of ethics X  
Mandated to undergo intensive peer review approved by state X  
Comply with professional standards in all services provided on behalf of the public X  

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