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How to Find a Good Scottsdale CPA

Jul 7th 2015 at 2:30 AM


A Certified Public Accountant in Arizona should be a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. A good Scottsdale CPA, will make sure that he is listed the directory of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy as this is the only source of information anyone will need to check whether a CPA is a licensed individual in Arizona.

If you wish to do business in Chandler, Gilbert or anywhere in Arizona and you need Chandler accounting services or you need a Gilbert accountant, verify the CPA’s information in the mentioned directory. Check it subsequently to ensure that the CPA is still active and in good standing with the Board.

CPAs are required to complete 80 hours of CPE or Continuing Professional Education so they can renew their registration. Be sure to ask your current CPA for a copy of the renewed registration so that you know that he or she is updated with rules of accounting practices.

The continuing education of CPAs is what sets them apart from ordinary accountants. CPAs are licensed and will certainly be an asset to your business compared to an ordinary accountant. They are more familiar with tax laws and can represent you before the Internal Revenue Service or IRS during tax audit.

In terms of financial analysis, CPAs are more thorough and detailed and can give you the best advice.

Based on your business needs, ask the following questions before you hire a CPA:

  1. What is the range of services provided by the firm? Do they have several professionals to do tax preparations, bookkeeping and payroll processing?

  1. Is the CPA or the firm experienced in your line of business? This is an important question because you would want to have a specialist who has enough knowledge in your type of business.

  1. Can the firm represent you in other States where you do business?


  1. Do they have online services so you can get in touch through email or video conference when required?

The questions above will give you an idea on the competency of the CPA and the firm he belongs to. But you should assert not only their competency but also their compatibility with the way you want your business handled. The personality of the CPA should be in line with your business philosophy and style. You should have the same approach when handling situations. The CPA’s way of handling your tax deductions should also be considered.

Don’t forget to ask about their fees and how you will be billed. The amount they will charge you can make or break your decision in hiring them when all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. Make sure you will get what you will pay for by doing some background check.

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