Division of Certified Public Accounting
Selecting a Certified Public Accountant
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a person who has met the requirements of Florida state laws and has been issued a license to practice public accounting by the Florida Board of Accountancy.
Only persons who are licensed can legally call themselves a Certified Public Accountant. As practitioners, CPAs provide accounting, auditing, tax, financial planning and management consulting services.
When you choose a CPA the following suggestions may be helpful:
- Check the license status from our online search at http://www.myfloridalicense.com or call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.
- Specifically, make sure the license is current, and check for any disciplinary actions against the licensee.
- Check to see if the license is active and how long the individual has been licensed.
- Interview the prospective CPA either by telephone or in person. Find out what type of accounting work they typically perform. Compare the CPA's experience to your service needs.
- Ask about the office hours of the CPA; determine whether the office is open year round; inquire if the CPA is available to take telephone inquiries.
It is important to make certain before any work is done by the CPA that you receive an engagement letter detailing the work to be performed for you, who specifically will be performing the work, and cost of the services.