Update: This article was last updated on 16th July 2019 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.
In today’s highly competitive world, it is imperative for every professional to keep evolving with the latest trends in the market. The same is true for a CPA.
A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) should always keep himself updated with the changing tax laws and reforms of the regulatory bodies, and the traits of the financial markets.
So, what defines the accountability of an accountant?
- An accountant is accountable to the people who rely on his/her work.
- An accountant is accountable to the company’s management.
- An accountant has the responsibility of the investors.
- An accountant has the responsibility of the creditors.
Now that we’ve established the duties of a CPA, here are some tips that the CPAs can benefit from to expand the range of their services they offer to the clients and enhance the accounting process:
Some Noteworthy Tips for CPAs
TIP 1: Accountants must update themselves on all applicable principles, standards, and laws of Certified Public Accountancy as they are responsible for preparing valid financial statements.
TIP 2: Accountants need to plan and execute and also overlook the financial policies and procedures of the firms they work with, as this would ensure its proficient and profitable functioning.
TIP 3: Accountants should work on enhancing their skills and provide the best advice to the firm they work with.
They need to keep track of the changing financial regulations and keep updating their knowledge on the growing complexity of taxes and keep abreast with international controls and accounting information system.
TIP 4: CPAs need to perform a wide range of activities like accounting, auditing, and tax activities needed to analyze their company’s structure and growth.
TIP 5: CPAs can advise management on the tax ramifications, which will help them ensure that their businesses and organizations remain within line of revenue and paying taxes along with public firms and government agencies.
TIP 6: Accountants need to advise the firm in other areas such as compensation, employee benefits, data processing systems, and asset protection.
TIP 7: CPAs need to involve themselves in strategic planning and budget development, and at the same time, be alert in order to prevent fraud during contract negotiation. They should also be prepared to solve disputes related to the accounts of a client. Moreover, the CPAs should be able to prevent errors while preparation tax details for filing.
TIP 8: CPAs need to prepare financial statements and reports, analyze ledgers, and oversee payable and receivable accounts, and forecast revenue and expenses.
TIP 9: CPAs need to create financial reports and budgeting models for their firms and provide solutions by applying accounting practices to financial issues and initiate maximum growth and profitability.
TIP 10: CPAs need to examine financial documents thoroughly in order to eliminate fraud.
TIP 11: CPA can help set up a business plan by helping the potential owner obtain the required finance and at the same time advice on the viability of the business.
TIP 12: CPAs can provide a broad range of financial services to small businesses such as preparing financial statements and statement of tax returns.
They can also provide advice on a variety of aspects of a business such as operations and management, finance, and, at the same time, assist in developing and installation of effective accounting systems.
TIP 13: CPAs should make use of the latest technologies in the field of accounting and otherwise. They should try to use the latest accounting software solutions such as QuickBooks hosting for performing accounting tasks and data management.
TIP 14: In a business process, CPAs can assist with business tactics, give recommendations, and help businesses to reduce costs, improve their top line, and minimize risks.
Professional accountants in business represent the interest of the owners of the company (i.e., shareholders in a public company) and their role includes creating strategies for the company and executing these strategies along with analyzing and creating financial information.
To Sum It Up
CPAs work directly for businesses carrying out internal financial-related duties, and they usually perform management duties, prepare internal financial statements along with actively contributing to their employer’s operational, financial, and strategic plans.
Although these tips denote the different functions that the CPAs should be responsible for or should imbibe in their process to serve their clients well, every client is different, and the CPA should be well in sync with the clients’ requirements.
A competent CPA in any business organization is an invaluable asset to the company. There are no two ways about it!
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