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An accountant is a practitioner of accounting or accountancy.
Accountants who have demonstrated competency through their professional associations' certification exams are certified to use titles such as Chartered Accountant, Chartered Certified Accountant or Certified Public Accountant. Such professionals are granted certain responsibilities by statute, such as the ability to certify an organization's financial statements, and may be held liable for professional misconduct. Non-qualified accountants may be employed by a qualified accountant, or may work independently without statutory privileges and obligations.
Cahan & Sun (2015) used archival study to find out that accountants’ personal characteristics may exert a very significant impact during the audit process and further influence audit fees and audit quality.
The Big Four auditors are the largest employers of accountants worldwide. However, most accountants are employed in commerce, industry, and the public sector.

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    NSW Accountants lien over Company Tax Return

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    QLD ATO and Tax Accountants - Sue Tax Agency for Mistake?

    Hello everyone, I lived and worked in Australia from 2007 to 2011 and each year had a tax agency (a large company) prepare my tax return. I only lodged the one for 2011 earlier this year and was surprised to get a refund as I had always had to pay something to the ATO in previous years. Upon...
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    NSW My Tax Return Accountant is Suing Me - What to Do?

    I live in NSW / Australia. I have been dealing with my accountant for the last 15 years . I used to pay him between 300 to 500 Dollars per year for my tax return as a sole trader . For personal reasons, I did not lodge my tax return for several years then when I lodged them, he sent me a tax...
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    NSW Accountants Bad Advice on Tax Return - What to Do?

    Last year's tax return was done by an accountant who was new to me. I got back a large return. I got audited by the ATO and have to pay money back. Is there anything I can do for accountants bad advice on my tax return? Yes I signed everything like a fool.
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    QLD Accountant During Bankruptcy Taking Me to QCAT

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    How to Dissolve a Business Partnership in Australia?

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    NSW Accountants - Legal to Act for Both Parties in Business?

    Hi, I was represented by my accountant when purchasing a business. Turns out he was also acting for the seller as well and I ended up with a lemon. Just wondering if, under Australian commercial law, he should have advised me if accountants can act for both parties, and if so how?
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    SA Accountant Withholding Tax Return Paperwork

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