FAQ

About CPA Orlando

What does CPA Orlando specialize in?

Our main specialties are in:

  • New business start-up
  • Individual tax returns
  • Business tax returns
  • Financial statement preparation, compilation, and compliance

Where’s your office? What part of Central Florida do you serve?

Our office is at 2431 Aloma Avenue, Suite 217, in Winter Park. We serve residents and businesses in Orange and Seminole counties: Winter Park, downtown Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, and Lake Nona.

Our Contact page is here if you’d like to visit. Call us with your questions or to set up a free consultation.

Why should I choose CPA Orlando?

Does your accountant make you laugh?

Does she willingly submit to rigorous peer review every three years to retain her status as a member of the AICPA? Melissa Barbosa does, and because of this, CPA Orlando has the highest standard for financial statement preparation.

For banks, businesses, homebuyers, and individuals that need a guarantee of the most complete, accurate, and legally compliant financial and/or tax documents, but also prefer to take it to a friendly and affordable hometown CPA firm, CPA Orlando is the solution.

Can I pay my invoices online?

Absolutely! Just head over to our Pay Online page to pay with PayPal.

Business Concerns

What can a CPA do that a tax preparer can’t?

Well, to tell the truth, pretty much anyone can prepare a tax return for someone else. (For example, tax software can’t tell if it’s you or your aunt who’s entering the info.)

Professional tax preparers, on the other hand, have what’s called a Preparer Tax ID Number (PTIN). At this time, the PTIN doesn’t require a qualifying exam nor a background check (though that will change soon).

A CPA, on the other hand, has a degree, a minimum amount of experience as an accountant, and has passed a qualifying exam that certifies him/her to practice accounting and tax services. CPAs are also held to more stringent requirements for ethics and professional responsibility in their practice than tax preparers. And, they must update their certification regularly with continuing education to retain their status as a CPA.

One big difference between a tax preparer and a CPA, then, is the power to represent you to the IRS should anything go wrong. Not all tax preparers can represent you in an audit, and none can represent you in tax court. CPAs can also specialize in various areas of business, tax regulation, finances, and forecasting and can provide a more holistic financial service.

My business is still really small. Is there some advantage to hiring a CPA?

It depends on what stage of business, on your goals, and many other factors. It’s best to arm yourself with information, though—you could start by asking questions! Initial consultations are always free.

If you’re still setting up your business, it may be to your tax advantage to get the right legal structure in place for your company. If you’re beginning operations, we are Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors that can help you set up accounting software or train you in using it. Whether you are a new business or a more mature company looking to grow, we can support you in payroll concerns, financial statements, tax compliance, and more.

Learn more at CPA Services.

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