Meet Guillermo Betancourt
Latin Times Magazine: How did you get started in your career as a CPA?
Guillermo: My parents encouraged me to enter a profession where my math and numbers aptitude would be best used. I have always enjoyed working with numbers. In college I found calculus and trigonometry to be a challenge and loved the problem solving aspect of the subjects. Also, I have a few aunts and uncles that are professional accountants and I guess I was just continuing a family tradition.
Latin Times Magazine: What do you enjoy most about being a CPA?
Guillermo: My clients, I love working with my clients to help them understand and better manage their business and finances.
Latin Times Magazine: What type of services do you offer?
Guillermo: I am a full service CPA firm. I offer professional tax planning and preparation services that are tailored to each client. I do not offer a once size fits all or cookie cutter approach to my client’s needs. I also offer business consulting services that include QuickBooks and bookkeeping services.
Latin Times Magazine: What kind of people can you help with your services?
Guillermo: My tax services and for those needed professional services. My clients include students, singe and joint filers ranging from a simple to complex tax returns
Also, my accounting and consulting services are for those small to medium size business owners that need professional business management and advisory services. I am proud to have business ranging from small businesses to those with nearly $10 million in sales, each receiving the same level of professionalism.
Latin Times Magazine: What is the difference between a CPA and a tax preparing service like Liberty Tax or HR Block?
Guillermo: CPAs are governed by strict licensing requirements and must adhere to professional code of ethics and conduct. To obtain a CPA license it is a requirement to complete 150 semester hours of education and pass the rigorous uniform CPA exam administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA). Furthermore, as licensed professional we are required to have 80 hours of continuing every two years. These hours include taxation, accounting and auditing. A CPA is prepared to offer professional tax services ranging from simple to complex returns ensuring that each return prepared is accurate.
A tax preparer at Liberty Tax or H&R Block may not have advanced training or education. Most likely they are seasonal employees trained prepare only basic returns.