certified public accountant

noun

Definition of certified public accountant

: an accountant who has met the requirements of a state law and has been granted a certificate

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Recent Examples on the Web At the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies, the portion of CFOs who are certified public accountants fell to about 36% last year, according to data from organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Why You Don’t Need to Be an Accountant to Be a CFO," 29 Jan. 2020 Pleading guilty Tuesday were certified public accountant Ronald Roach, 53, and general contractor Joseph Bayliss, 44, both of the Bay Area. Don Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Massive $1 billion solar power ponzi scheme results in the largest single-owner car collection ever auctioned by the U.S. Marshals Service — including Burt Reynolds’ Trans Am," 23 Oct. 2019 Write to Michael Rapoport at Michael.Rapoport@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications The American Institute of CPAs represents certified public accountants, while licensing of CPAs is done by individual state boards of accountancy. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "CPAs Fight to Protect Part of Their Turf," 20 Aug. 2018 Short, a tax attorney and certified public accountant, ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio House 18th-District seat in 2002. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Officers trace license plate in hit and skip: Olmsted Township police blotter," 30 Dec. 2017 Short, a tax attorney and certified public accountant, ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio House 18th-District seat in 2002. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Officers trace license plate in hit and skip: Olmsted Township police blotter," 30 Dec. 2017 As a young man, Mr. Rubino worked at Starkweather & Co. in financial services on Wall Street and at Haskins & Sells, certified public accountants. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Anthony Rubino, accountant who worked on Baltimore County projects, dies," 18 Dec. 2017 The first step is a goals meeting to gather information and then involve my firm’s professional contacts—certified public accountants, estate-planning attorneys, asset-protection agencies and mortgage specialists—to help us analyze that data. WSJ, "On Working With Clients Who Don’t Meet Asset Minimums," 13 July 2017 Three Republicans — Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot, MSU assistant professor Joseph Guzman and Grosse Pointe certified public accountant Mary Treder Lang — have also filed to run. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Candidates raising big bucks for Michigan attorney general, secretary of state races," 25 Oct. 2017

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Certified public accountant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certified%20public%20accountant. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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certified public accountant

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English Language Learners Definition of certified public accountant

US : an accountant who has finished the schooling or tests required by law

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