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Find and correct any accounting errors in your company’s books.
What this means to your company:
• You avoid costly delays filing your tax return because your books have to be redone.
• You keep track of cash on a timely basis.
• You make sure that you catch errors on your bank statements—and errors in your ledger cash account—before they cost you money.
• You can get accurate financial information about your company any time you need it.
Help you get accurate financial statements and tax returns.
A CB is trained to record your year-end adjustments and prepare your adjusted trial balance—the last step before the financial statements and tax return are prepared. Your financial statements and tax returns are only as good as the company books that you give to your CPA.
What this means to your company:
• You base important decisions on accurate financial data.
• You avoid problems with the IRS or filing amended returns because your CPA was given inaccurate books.
• You can give your bank, investors or other interested parties accurate financial data.
In 1998, the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) set the first and only national standard in advanced bookkeeping:
The Certified Bookkeeper Program.
A Certified Bookkeeper has the proven ability to handle the books for a company of up to 100 employees.
To become certified, a bookkeeper must:
Know basic bookkeeping, including double-entry accounting, before undertaking certification;
Pass a national exam in advanced bookkeeping at Prometric Test Centers;
Have at least 3,000 hours (2 years) of on-the-job experience in bookkeeping;
Sign a Code of Ethics that assures commitment to integrity;
Constantly update skills by earning 20 Continuing Education Credits every year
“Certified Bookkeepers (CBs) and those with
several years of accounting or bookkeeping
experience will have the best job prospects.”
Occupational Outlook Handbook
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
“Small businesses often have only a bookkeeper as
their sole financial officer. Now they can rely on that de
facto CFO as a highly qualified and certified expert,
complete with the experience, training and qualifications
provided by a program established by the American
Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (www.aipb.org).”
Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“‘Certified bookkeepers are one of the most critical
positions within any organization, but most especially for
the small business owner,’ says Financial Consultant
Anita Johnson. ‘This isn’t about data entry, this is about
payroll, accruals, deferrals, adjusting trial balances,
calculating depreciation and valuation of merchandise
inventory. It’s the entire package. And if you’re certified,
you become tremendously valuable.’”
Sacramento (California) Bee
“Irene Hurst, director of the Small Business
Development Center at the University of South Florida,
says, ‘But how do you know a person actually knows
about bookkeeping? I’ve seen business after business get
in trouble because their bookkeeper didn’t keep records
straight or was taking money.’ She recommends businesses
hire certified bookkeepers when possible.”
Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Certified Bookkeepers demonstrate not only a
proven knowledge of basic GAAP accounting,” says
Margaret Stone, Pima Community College, (AZ),
but the motivation to learn and the desire and
ambition to be a professional.”
Internal Auditing Report (publication for CPAs)
Warren Gorham Lamont