The term “accountant” is unregulated in the province of Ontario. Anyone can call him or herself an accountant, even with no formal training or experience. To ensure that your accountant is fully trained for the financial tasks and projects ahead, engage a professionally designated accountant. Designated accountants have solid training and relevant experience.
Consider a certified general accountant (CGA) for your accounting and finance needs. Trained to offer professional accounting insight and services that go beyond tax and audit, CGAs adhere to a code of ethical principles and participate in mandatory continuing professional development to ensure that high professional standards are maintained.
It’s time to look for a professional accountant. Maybe you’re an individual whose financial assets have grown too complex to handle on your own. Maybe you’re the owner of a business where record keeping and payroll chores require too much time and attention. Or maybe your growing business is not taking advantage of every available tax deduction. Needs arise at different stages in the lives of individuals and businesses — tax preparation, an unexpected windfall, the planning of a new business venture, the preparation of financial statements or even when it’s time to change accountants. But how do you ensure that you select the right accountant to meet your needs? Business requirements may differ but the criteria and selection of a professional accountant is universal. From large corporations to small businesses, government to not-for-profits, individuals to partnerships, the expertise of the accountant you choose should lead to productivity, efficiency, sustainability, savings and growth. The accountant you choose should become an important adviser and a valuable resource.