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What is a CPA?

The CPA credential is critical in the business and financial world. CPAs are recognized for their integrity, competency and objectivity.

To earn a CPA status, candidates complete required accounting college courses including an advance degree, one year of real-world experience and follow that  up with a rigorous two-day exam to test their business, auditing and general accounting skills. Prior to licensure, they must also pass an ethics exam as well as the Utah Law & Rules Exam. CPAs maintain their credentials by completing 80 hours of continuing professional education every two years and must abide by a strict code of conduct and perform within the high standards that come with the title.

The Utah Association of CPAs supports and challenges members through advocacy, professional education, leadership development, networking and community service to help them succeed in a competitive and changing world.

Understanding the language of accounting can be difficult and finding the right CPA for you, can be a challenge. The UACPA can help you understand these and other issues related to personal and business finance, and how UACPA members can help you.

Hire a CPA for:

  • Tax Expertise
  • Business Advising
  • Financial Planning
  • General Accounting
  • Overseeing Processes and Procedures (Controller)
  • Investments Advising
  • Real Estate Planning
  • CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Learn more about CPAs, where to find one near you and the benefits of working with one here.


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Why Should I Hire a CPA to do My Taxes?

When it comes to tax time, the do-it-yourself and big box store methods may be convenient, but seeking out a CPA will help you get the most out of your annual filing.

Learn more about hiring a CPA for taxes


Why Choose a CPA?

All accountants are not created equal, although the terms "accountant" and "CPA" are often used interchangeably. CPAs in Utah must obtain an advanced degree and complete a difficult four part exam to obtain their license, and then complete 80 hours of continuing professional education every two years to maintain their license.

Learn more about the CPA Credential

Financial Literacy

CPAs are uniquely qualified to educate the public about financial literacy. Through workshops and literature, Utah CPAs are doing their part to help citizens have healthy financial lives.

Learn more about Financial Literacy

Alphabet Soup - What Does it All Mean?

Accounting using many acronyms, which can be confusing to the general public. Having an understanding of the language of accounting will help you in your professional and personal lives.

Learn more about the Language of Accounting

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