Choosing an accountant
To some people, looking at columns of numbers, bank statements and forms can cause profuse sweating, shaking and shortness of breath. To others, it's just plain confusing.
That's why you can hire an accountant. See our profiles of local accountants. These number crunchers can be hired for anything from once-a-year tax preparation to weekly business and financial management.
Before you decide which accountant to put on your payroll, you may want to answer a few questions.
What is an accountant?
Accountants are best known for doing your tax returns and audits, but they also balance the books as well as set up and keep financial records for individuals and businesses.
Why hire an accountant?
Here are just a few good reasons:
An accountant can be certified (CPA) or non-certified, and may work on his own or for an accounting firm. A CPA has met certain education and/or experience requirements and has passed the state CPA exam.
Accountants without the CPA designation may be just as qualified as those with it, particularly if they are members of the National Society of Accountants.
Once you decide you need an accountant, use Kudzu.com to find a few local accountantsbean-counters you may be interested in hiring. Don't wait until tax time when accountants are swamped with clients— develop a relationship early. That ought to help keep those sweats and panic attacks down to a minimum.
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