What's the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and a CPA?
Are you looking for a bookkeeper or a CPA to help with your business? Perhaps, you heard different opinions on which is more qualified.
BUT to understand the difference, we need to look at their definitions.
A bookkeeper is a professional who tracks and manages an organization's financial records and provides best practices to improve their accuracy on a daily basis.
A CPA is a Certified Public Accountant is a licensed accounting professional who has met specific education requirements and passed exams in order to provide valuable tax advice. Once a CPA gets their license, they need to sustain it as per their state board policies.
The truth is, both professionals are important because they offer different services that can be used together to create a sound financial plan for any company or individual.
We´ll delve a little deeper on the two.
WHAT TYPES OF QUALIFICATIONS AND SERVICES DO EACH OFFER?
Even though the two do work hand in hand, keep in mind that theyŕe qualified differently and provide different services.
Here’s a closer look at their differences:
A Bachelor’s Degree
1-2 work years experience
Pass Uniform CPA Exam
CPA license mandatory to practice as a CPA
High School Diploma
Can become certified bookkeeper
Prepare, examine and analyze financial records
Draft financial reports
Represent clients in legal issues with IRS
Building accounting policies and procedures
Conduct detailed audits from time-to-time
Prepare financial budgets
Estimate profit margins
Prepare and file tax returns
Oversee accounting transactions
Assist business decision making
Post financial transactions in proper accounts
Utilize bookkeeping spreadsheets, databases, and software
Observe and report any discrepancies found in the records
Maintain general ledgers and journals
Receive and record vouchers, cash, and checks
Arrange bank deposits
Ensure accuracy in reporting and postings figures
Generate income statements, balance and other financial reports
Track cash, sales, and purchases of a company
Manage employee payroll
Prepare financial statements
Reconcile bank statements
Handle receivable and payable accounts
StatusHave a higher status and are more expensive to hireHave a lower status and are less expensive to hire
Growing your business takes a lot of planning, time and preparation (and money!).
Getting someone on staff who can take care of your financial tasks so they don’t fall through the cracks is a key to success.
A good CPA or bookkeeper will not only make sure all revenue streams are accounted for but also help maintain accurate records and reports so you know where exactly your company stands financially at any given time.
But it's important to know which one you’ll need, a CPA or bookkeeper.
A professional can help with the decision process and show you what will work best for your company.
I’m happy to answer any of your questions or concerns to help bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing how much money is coming in versus going out.
Let me know if I can be of assistance!