A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a professional designation given by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The CPA credential indicates that the individual has passed all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and has met other state requirements for education, experience, and licensing. A tax accountant is an accounting professional who specializes in preparing and filing tax returns for individuals, businesses, and government entities.
While CPAs are licensed to practice in all areas of accounting, including taxation, many also choose to focus on tax-related services. Tax accountants may be able to advise clients about their specific taxes due, deductions available, and other related matters. However, they are not required to obtain the CPA designation and may not be licensed in all areas of accounting. Tax accountants can work in public accounting firms, private corporations, government entities, or on their own as a freelancer.