Certified Public Accountant. An individual who has passed the uniform CPA examination administered by the American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants, and who has received state certification to practice accounting. To achieve this designation, an individual usually has to complete 5 years of education, and a certain degree of work experience. Additionally, once an individual becomes a CPA, they typically must complete a certain number of hours of continuing education each year.

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Jim foolishly decided to complete his complex tax return without the assistance of a CPA, leading him down the primrose path straight to an IRS audit.

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In order to prepare taxes for pay, you must have a PTIN supplied by the federal government, or you must be a CPA.

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In hindsight, not making use of the services of a CPA seemed less of a good idea, sitting there across from the IRS auditors.

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