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Why hire a certified public accountant?

Certified public accountants must pass a comprehensive examination covering accounting practice and theory, taxes, commercial law, and auditing. After passing this exam, CPAs also attend continuing professional education courses to maintain and expand their knowledge base. In addition to meeting the profession's high technical requirements, CPAs are governed by a code of professional conduct one of the most exacting of any profession. The code emphasizes the CPA's commitment to serving and protecting the public interest. 

How can a CPA help my business?

Today's certified public accountants are highly qualified professionals who bring a broad spectrum of knowledge to their work. It's no wonder then, that more and more CEOs rely on the CPA's highly developed analytical abilities to help strengthen their bottom line. As valued members of your management team, CPAs bring a unique combination of skills and insights to business.

CPAs perform a variety of services at all levels of business. The growing range of responsibilities undertaken by CPAs is a result of the growing recognition that CPAs are well-rounded business professionals. The breadth of services reflects the determination of CPAs to apply their technical knowledge and business experience to their clients' many and changing needs.

How can a CPA help my family?

Any change in lifestyle, such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or an inheritance, can signal the need for financial advice. By enlisting the aid of a certified public accountant, individuals can arrange their financial affairs to preserve and increase the assets available now and in the future. Whether planning for retirement or saving for a child's college education, your CPA can help. As tax advisors, CPAs prepare tax returns for individuals and assist them in developing their tax-planning strategies. 

How do I find the CPA that is right for me?

The West Virginia Society of CPAs offers a free CPA referral service, as well as a list of questions to ask a potential CPA.