One out of two Canadians hire an accountant for income tax services
VANCOUVER, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants of
Canada (CGA-Canada) today launched the Need an Accountant website, the
first searchable, national directory of CGA public practice
The Need an Accountant website offers a convenient, comprehensive and
free online service to easily locate certified general accountants
(CGAs) in communities across Canada. This new tool makes it easier for
users to compare professionals by using the industry sector or services
offered search criteria to assist in deciding which firm to work with.
At the same time, the search directory gives public practice firms an
opportunity to promote their businesses to potential clients.
"We are pleased to launch this site and bring value to the public and
our members," says Anthony Ariganello, CGA-Canada's President and CEO.
"Taxes represent one of the many services, including assurance, that
CGAs provide and now there is a tool to help individuals and businesses
find the right professional in time for tax season."
A survey1 commissioned by CGA-Canada found that one in two Canadians hired a
professional accountant to prepare their personal income tax return.
Three in ten affirm that they completed their own, while two in ten
report that they enlisted the help of a friend or relative.
"With so many Canadians looking for accounting services, we saw an
opportunity to increase accessibility to CGAs across Canada and provide
information on tax resources available to both businesses and the
general public," Ariganello continued.
Canadians using the search tool can select a location, an industry or an
area of expertise and obtain the chosen accountant's office
coordinates, driving directions and map. These details can then be
directly emailed to a user's mobile phone.
Also available in time for tax season, CGA-Canada offers a tax portal
with a list of professional development courses offered by PDNet,
essential tax resources such as the 2011/12 Personal Tax Planning book, a printable, at-a-glance 2012 calendar of important tax dates,
and tax news and tips.
To find an accountant, visit http://www.needanaccountant.org/
To browse Canadian tax resources, visit http://www.cga-pdnet.org/en-CA/pd/Pages/taxes-in-canada.aspx
1 A survey regarding Canadian views on Tax Simplification was completed
by Nanos Research in June 2011.
Note to editors: CGAs in your area are available for interviews. A list of Top 10 tax
tips and copies of the Personal Tax Planning Book can also be provided.
Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
serves 75,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and
more than 90 countries. Respected accounting and financial management
professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public
practice. CGA-Canada establishes the designation's certification
requirements and professional standards, offers professional
development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally.
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