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Australia Accountant Who Can File With ATO Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We urgently seek an accountant in Australia who can file with the ATO and process refunds on our behalf. We have a large volume of cl…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CPA Financial Accounting
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CPA for a Non-Profit Project in Canada Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I'm looking for an accountant who might have an interest in being a director on our non-profit project in Canada (it has to do wit…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Nonprofit Organization CPA
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Submit corporate & personal tax in Canada Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$500
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Prepare & submit corporate & personal taxes with all documents prepared. 2 personal taxes and 1 corporate tax. Book is maintained in…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Corporate Tax CPA Tax Return
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am seeking a skilled professional to assist with the setup of my account as a tax-paying resident in the UK, specifically as a musici…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CPA
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Looking for CPA for Real Estate investing Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hello, I am a proud homeowner of a multifamily property, currently residing in one unit while leasing out the other. Additionally, I ma…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Financial Accounting CPA Financial Analysis Real Estate
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Inquiry for full service CPA + Bookkeeping + Accounting Service for a new Wyoming C Corporation Hi, I hope this message finds you well…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Account Reconciliation Balance Sheet Corporate Tax Financial Accounting Bank Reconciliation CPA Intuit QuickBooks
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Need a NY CPA for a one time short project Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience level

I have a client that has a small school to train and certify medical assistants. He has to submit a CPA signed form for his annual cert…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CPA
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are currently seeking an experienced Tax Preparer/Accountant based in Colorado or Delaware to help us with our tax compliances. The…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Tax Return CPA
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C Corporation Tax, R&D Credit and BOI Report Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hello. We need Prepare and Filing support for below: - C Corp 2023 Tax - R&D Tax Credits - Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Repo…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) C-Corporation Tax Return CPA Corporate Tax
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[Urgent] Move CA to DE Corp and dissolve CA corp Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$490
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Hello, My client has both CA C-corp and DE C-corp and needs to move all liability/assets from CA corp over to their DE corp and disso…

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Corporate Tax CPA Corporate Law
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How to Become a Freelance Certified Public Accountant

Accountants who have reached an advanced level of competency, proven by an exam administered in each of the 50 states in the U.S. as well as in other countries, can be awarded the title of a certified public accountant (CPA). If you enjoy numbers and have a knack for advanced accounting principles, you may have what it takes to become a freelance certified public accountant on Upwork.

What does a freelance certified public accountant do?

A freelance certified public accountant acts as a trusted financial advisor, working with individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations to help them reach their financial goals.

A freelance CPA can wear many hats, and they can specialize in specific areas. For example, a CPA can be an organization’s chief financial officer or controller as well as its accountant. A freelance CPA can also act as a financial advisor to individuals and organizations, helping them navigate complex tax laws as well as make key investment decisions.

Freelance CPAs may find employment working with individuals, within a client organization, or within an accounting firm. Their expertise and level of certification ensures their knowledge and experience in accounting and other financial matters will result in sound financial decisions.

What skills do I need to become a freelance certified public accountant?

Freelance certified public accountants provide a wide range of financial skills for clients. Similar to the expertise offered by a physician or an attorney, a CPA’s expertise ensures clients will receive sound advice, in this case on financial matters. With this in mind, there are specific capabilities a CPA should possess, including:

  • Thorough understanding of tax laws and mandates. It’s important that CPAs remain current with all tax laws. As a freelancer, a CPA will be relied upon by clients to navigate problematic tax issues or develop tax strategies to avoid potential pitfalls.
  • Expert business sense. A freelance CPA should exhibit business acumen in order to help clients develop financial and operational plans. CPAs exhibiting a sound business mind will help clients make the best business decisions specific to their industry and situation.
  • Auditing capability. Freelance CPAs should have experience conducting audits or overseeing the auditing process. Large and small organizations can benefit from sound auditing practices offered by freelance CPAs, as their expertise helps to establish legally sound accounting practices while avoiding potential financial problems.
  • Management prowess. CPAs are often called upon to fill senior management roles such as CFO, controller, president, CEO, and director of finance. It’s important that freelance CPAs not only have a thorough understanding of sound accounting practices and tax law but also possess excellent business management skills.
  • Critical thinking ability. Because the world of finance can be complex, a freelance CPA should exhibit critical thinking skills. This ability enables freelance CPAs to think outside the proverbial box and to resolve and avoid problems associated with poor financial planning.
  • Excellent time management. An important skill freelance CPAs should possess is the ability to manage their time and properly handle competing priorities.
  • Industry knowledge. A freelance CPA should have in-depth knowledge of specific industries. While many accounting practices are universal, each industry has a different set of norms around financial management. A freelance CPA should be knowledgeable about these norms in order to provide the best possible counsel to clients.
  • Accounting knowledge. It may go without saying, but a freelance CPA must have expert knowledge of general financial accounting principles. This ensures that baseline accounting principles are followed in order to address complex and detailed issues. Whether balancing books or auditing an entire operation, a CPA will rely heavily on their accounting expertise when providing expert counsel to clients.

In addition to these basic skills, it’s great for CPA candidates to have experience (or at least interest) in related fields. For example, many full-time CPAs also have experience with business law or professional ethics. Others have accounting expertise in specific areas, such as forensic accounting or working at a public accounting firm.

What are the core freelance certified public accountant job responsibilities?

The responsibilities associated with the role of a certified public accountant are pretty universal. In addition to handling accounting, tax, and finance duties, a CPA is charged with overseeing the financial health of an individual or an organization.

Following are core responsibilities associated with being a freelance certified public accountant:

  • Manage and balance financial records and review for errors and inaccuracies
  • Conduct audits on individual and organizational financial records and identify any discrepancies or issues that may present legal issues
  • Collaborate with the CEO and other executive management to establish quarterly and annual budgets
  • Ensure operational spending remains within budget
  • Provide quarterly and annual financial records for review by executive management
  • Assist with creation and production of quarterly reports, 10-K documents, and annual reports
  • Review and hire external CPA firms to assist with audits and other financial reviews

Should I get a degree or certification to become a freelance certified public accountant?

Earning a bachelor’s degree is required to become a certified public accountant, as is passing a CPA exam. In addition, many CPAs obtain a master’s degree due to the number of credit hours required to qualify for the exam. Details of the CPA exam vary by state, but they all generally cover the same accounting principles.

Popular degrees and coursework required to become a certified public accountant include:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or an equivalent field of study from an accredited college or university
  • Uniform CPA Exam – offered by the AICPA in conjunction with each state’s/jurisdiction’s board of accountancy and Prometric.

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