A CPA is an accounting professional who has met state licensing requirements to earn the CPA designation through educational training, experience and passing the CPA Exam. Sought out for their reliability, industry knowledge and credentials across industries, CPAs can proficiently perform auditing & review, tax preparation and consulting, consulting services, financial planning and litigation consulting. However, one doesn’t need to be CPA to conduct accounting and bookkeeping services, maintain general business accounts, and look after simple tax-related matters. Remember, all CPAs are accountants, not all accountants are CPAs. Therefore, it is safe to say that you can rely on a non-CPA for your business accounting and bookkeeping activities.