What is the difference between a CPA and an Accountant?

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What is the difference between a CPA and an Accountant?

CPAs have met licensing requirements for the state in which they practice accounting. State licensing requirements vary but typically include 150 hours of education (30 hours beyond the typical 120-hour bachelor’s degree in accounting). Licensing requirements also always include some documented experience and achieving a passing score on the Uniform CPA Examination.

Accountants are individuals knowledgeable of tax law and finance who work with individuals, small businesses, large corporations, non-profits and government agencies to prepare and organize financial and tax documents. The tasks that the accountant performs is heavily dependent upon on the type of accounting in which he or she specializes.

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