How to Find an Accountant

When it comes time to find an accountant, there are numerous places you can search to ensure that you receive not only the most professional and respected accountants, but the best prices possible. One of the first places you should check should always be your state’s Certified Public Accountant (CPA) society.


The CPA society located in your state will be able to give you recommendations and referrals to accountants based on your specific needs. This can range from basic bookkeeping work to helping with the entire financial situation of your new start-up company. On the national level, places The National Society of Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants can help you find one locally as well as in other states, should you be seeking to expand your business.

Another possibility for finding an accountant is word of mouth. It’s always best to get referrals from people who know and have personally used the services of an accountant, as they can typically vouch for their honesty, prices, and timeliness. They may be from two different worlds, but finding an accountant can be very similar to finding a good, trustworthy mechanic: find someone who has used one locally and can vouch for their services.

If you’re under pressure, you can simply hop online and do a search for a local accountant. Find a few, make some calls, and compare prices and online reviews to find one that suits your needs. Thankfully, the Internet is a valuable resource in the world of accounting, so even if you find one through word of mouth or through a CPA search company, you should always head online to do a quick background check on your desired accountant.

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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM