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Certified Public Accountant

A Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, is an accountant that has passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and has met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as a CPA.

A CPA is also qualified to advise companies on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, or share and debt issuing.

The role of a CPA will vary depending upon their practice. Many are self-employed and may handle the financial dealings and tax forms of corporations as well as individuals and estates. They may also be called upon to conduct independent audits of companies as well; because of new legislation passed to combat accounting fraud, more companies are hiring CPAs to perform independent audits of their accounting practices and tax forms.

A CPA is also qualified to advise companies on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, or share and debt issuing. They may also work in the areas of financial planning, estate planning, corporate governance, forensic accounting, information technology as it applies to finances, and venture capital management.