As a certified public accountant in Reno, I am often asked what the difference is between a CPA and a financial advisor. Because of the frequency of this question, I thought I would take a second to discuss the similarities and differences.
Stockbroker versus Financial Advisor
First, I want to talk about the difference between a stockbroker and a financial advisor because people often think they are one in the same. A stockbroker buys and sells things (stocks, bonds, mutual funds). On the other hand, a financial advisor will do trading, but also look at other ways to invest.
What is a Financial Advisor?
Along with trading, a financial advisor will look at estate planning. They will also have their clients look into gold and foreign currencies. They have a short-term and long-term view on their clients’ money and want to help them prepare for retirement.
How is a CPA different?
A certified public account is better known for handling taxes. Along with taxes, they are known for dealing with audits whether they audit a business or represent a business in an IRS audit. Some CPA’s are trained and qualified in offering business advice on where to cut costs and how to turn your business around. With that said, it is important to remember that this is not a standard among CPAs, you need to make sure you ask your potential CPA about their background before taking too much advice from them.
Can They Be the Same?
The part that confuses people is that a good and experienced CPA can overlap with a financial advisor and vice versa. The best way to remember the difference is to think about the real numbers and current state of things when thinking about a CPA and the long-term “if” and “then” ideas when thinking about a financial advisor. If you are not sure if a CPA in Reno can suit your needs please give Evans Nelson & Company CPAs a call today (775-825-6008) and we will help you find the right person to help you with your financial needs.
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