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A very big eye-opener, and a check that entrepreneurs don’t fall into this trap, 50% of businesses fail in five years, reminds Vancouver accountant. Incidentally, this failure rate can be directly tied to financial literacy and the quality advice that many businesses are receiving, be it prudent, or inefficient. Likewise, 82% of business owners would in fact score less than 70% on a basic financial literacy test. Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks has done the study on this. This was proven as the study was given and was about very basic financial items.

Ideally you have to rely on your CPA and trust them implicitly with all of your financials, your confidential numbers, and things that happen with the books.

It also it is also a sobering reminder that someone can in fact be a CA and be in charge of your accounts without having the CPA designation. They may be much less efficient than a CPA and obviously therefore inexperienced. A CA is a chartered accountant, and one that has not gone through the seven-year charter professional accountant course. The charter professional accountant route is a seven-year journey. First, they must excel in a four-year undergraduate degree. Then, says Vancouver accountant, they must be articling at an accredited accounting office for the final three years. That in fact is four years theoretical study and three years practical study. Proven and experienced CPAs and found the program replicates itself to real life CPA offices very well. The offices can be very busy with many clients and lots to do. However everyone must remember to excel as well at their personal lives i.e. their marriage, their children, potentially a full-time job to support yourself through school, etc. The four-year theory is all written and knowing the idiosyncrasies of accounting. The final three years is a completely different story as now you apply all of the information that you have learned to the real world.’s

So, Vancouver accountant asks what does that mean for charter professional accountants versus chartered accountants? This question can in fact be very misleading. In terms of advising entrepreneurs, don’t trust nondesignated accountants in the CPA program what that means is that potentially they have started the course or they have found it too difficult and have dropped out or they fail the CPA course. There is a huge difference in the knowledge between starting and finishing the program. Now, relate this to your business and the work that needs to be done with your financial files for. Do you want someone advising you on very important financial decisions and punching in the numbers to your business to have been a drop out? It’s probably not a great business move. The real question is did that CPA legitimately finished the program, and are they legitimately designated? You must be very precise.

For entrepreneurs and business owners, tax is the single biggest expense in your professional life do not allow yourself to get involved in a bad tax plan given to you by a non-accredited CPA.

It is a very arduous road to becoming a CPA, says Vancouver accountant. However it is a necessary one if they want to legitimately help businesses to be successful.

Altogether, it is a seven-year journey to getting your CPA designation. First, you must get an undergraduate degree which is four years. After that, you will find yourself in a real working office for three years as you practice articling. This equates to four years theoretical and three years practical practice.

You will be doing all of this while potentially keeping down a full-time job to pay for your bills and expenses taking care of your family. And keeping a quality-of-life for yourself. This is why the 50% of people who enter the CPA course ultimately do not see it through to the end. It is a very long hard seven years. Upon completing your four-year degree, it will be a completely different story in the application of everything that you’ve learned from within working business. You will put all of the theory into practice and apply every thing that you’ve learned.

As an entrepreneur, be aware, says Vancouver accountant, that someone without a professional designation can in fact open for and offer advice on your business and your accounts. They cannot in fact be a CPA, but they can be an accountant. Be careful to that they don’t call themselves a CPA, as CPAs for the most part make more money. Speaking of which is Vancouver accountant most CTAs and CPAs will in fact charge hour by hour. And yes generally CPAs will charge more. Sometimes you may be able to find non-graduated CPAs or nondesignated CTAs that will charge you less. That may be fine for your business however if you decide to save money on a CPA they may not be able to save you money on your taxes as they don’t have the experience. As well, they may be taking too long to complete and file your taxes and they are still billing you by the hour. In the end, it is best to retain a CPA. Yes they will cost you more, but they will be more efficient in their jobs and get things to you filed in Don quicker, and they may be able to us save you a considerable amount of money on your taxes as well. Not only does it even out but in the end you’ll be saving more money by going with a professional. Speaking of which, a good quote to think about is “if you think it’s expensive to hire professional, wait till you see how much it costs to hire an amateur”. This can be true in shopping for and retaining an experienced CPA.

There are specific formal ways that you will be able to find a reputable CPA for your business. One way is to research the Institute for charter professional accountants of Alberta. The second way and easiest way would be to use Google.