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Where CPAs Work

Public Practice

CPAs in public practice provide professional services to the public as a sole practitioner or as a member of a CPA firm. They are an objective outside resource for clients. They look at a client's business procedures and advise them about ways to improve their services and processes. This area of accounting would allow you to travel to various firms to meet with clients working in a variety of different types of businesses.

There are three main areas in which CPAs can work within public practice:
  • Audit
    Specializing in clients' financial statements, providing advice on internal control systems and assisting with reports for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory agencies.

    See average salaries for CPAs in audit

  • Tax
    Dealing with tax consulting, tax compliance and representation of clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other government authorities.

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  • Management Consulting
    Providing advice on information technology services, production and marketing techniques and improving overall operating procedures.

    See average salaries for CPAs in management accounting


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