How is CPA different from an Accountant?

by Liza smith Passionate Writer

CPA that refers to a Certified Public Accountant is different from a normal accountant. To become a CPA, an account professional has to go through a separate examination. 

Every state has a different licensing requirement from a certified CPA. Even after working as an accountant for a long time, the person has to go through the CPA exam to be notified as an NYC CPA

Let us have a look at the major factors that differentiate an accountant from a Certified Public Accountant. 


You can be an accountant professional after getting your graduate degree in the same. However, to become a CPA, you suppose to get the license approved in a particular state. Like to become an NYC CPA, you suppose to have the license approved by the state government of New York City. 

The candidate must complete the 150 hours of college course work that includes advanced accounting skills, auditing, and business core courses. 

Even after receiving the license, the CPA expects to take education classes throughout their career to stay updated about the accounting changing world. 


Established organizations often choose to call a CPA despite an experienced accountant for the audio purpose. The skills and deep understanding of a CPA peruse during their education made a large company invite them for the year-end audit process. 

Even the government’s offices’ audit responsibility is fulfilled by a CPA. 

Tax management: 

Accountant with years of experience can successfully handle the tax requirements. Also, guide the company for some exceptional strategies for effective and beneficial tax submission. 

However, the fact is undisputed that a CPA has more tax knowledge than a professional accountant. The CPA gain knowledge after continuously working for several hours to get the license. 

They can provide excellent tax management solutions to the SMEs. Also, they are eligible to represent a client before the IRS if audit support is required, while an accountant has not been given this right. 

An NYC CPA is expected to have all the necessary documents as per the rules stated. The same thing follows in every other state. 

Let us know the main responsibilities fulfill by a certified public accountant. 

Supervise and maintain the entire digital and physical financial record

  • Handle a team of experienced professionals and use the finances to the best possible manner
  • Assess all the business transactions closely and maintain a report on your findings
  • Co-ordinate with the team about the income tax findings and planning 
  • Conduct a repeat audit to ensure the record's zero mistake and complete accuracy in financial records, expenses, and savings. 
  • Organize and file all the state and local income tax documents
  • Develop and implement effective accounting policies and processes. 

There are many more roles that are fulfilled by an experienced and efficient CPA. Instead of doing the work, they guide their team most of the time to execute the things accurately. Business owners also seek to advice related to the company’s investment. 

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