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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the title awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to those who pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination exam and meet supplemental state education and work experience requirements. Only a CPA is licensed to represent clients in audits and other tax-related hearings. Not every Accountant is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).