Accounting is an integral part of every business. Accounting
professionals help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public
records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time.
They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities
such as companies, individual clients, and federal, state, and local
governments. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the
occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and
verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget
analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology
consulting, and limited legal services.