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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

December 27, 2013

Dear Friends,

Another New Year is upon us, which means many Floridians are making their routine New Year’s resolutions. Although some of us may choose to focus on losing the extra holiday pounds, others may vow to be more financially responsible in the upcoming year. No matter which resolutions you choose to make, it is important that one of them be to hire only licensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to assist you when completing certain financial tasks.

CPAs have successfully passed the Uniform CPA Examination, in addition to meeting the necessary education and experience requirements mandated by Florida law. CPAs are licensed to perform audits, reviews and compilations, as well as express opinions of financial statements that provide a level of assurance regarding the reliability or fairness of the financial information at hand.

There are, however, cases when a CPA is not required. You do not need a license to prepare a tax return for yourself or others, or to provide advice regarding federal tax matters. Additionally, basic bookkeeping or accounting functions do not require a license. Before any work necessitating a license is performed, consumers should always ask to see the individuals’ State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 850.487.1395.

Hiring licensed professionals helps to ensure the services performed are sufficient and will make at least one of your New Year’s resolutions worthwhile!


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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