FOR THE PUBLIC

WHAT IS A CPA?

CPA is the abbreviation for certified public accountant. A certified public accountant is an individual who holds a certificate (a license), issued by a state (such as Texas) to provide accounting services to the public, such as issuing reports on financial statements, providing management or financial advisory or consulting services, preparing tax returns, and providing advice in tax matters.

Licensed CPAs in Texas must meet rigorous educational, testing and experience requirements. Once licensed, they are required to meet annual continuing education requirements, register with the state regulatory authority - the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) and adhere to high standards of professional conduct enforced by the State Board, and to demonstrate competence and integrity in all dealings with the public.