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Top 10 accountants in Albany, NY

Clients agree: these Albany accountants are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Padgett Business Services

Padgett Business Services

Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
18+ years in business
Serves Albany, NY
We bring the experience of a nationwide accounting force (who has worked with a multiple business types) directly to you, the local small business owner. We only work with the small business owner. There is not anyone else who can make the same claim. We have encountered a variety of small business accounting issues over and over again. We handle your issues and provide it at an exceptional value. I enjoy interacting with my business clients on the ins and outs of the financial side of their business....
Liberty Tax Servive

Liberty Tax Servive

New on Thervo
Offers online services
22+ years in business
Serves Albany, NY
CPA owned. Excellent customer service
SecureBooks Bookkeeping & Tax Service

SecureBooks Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Offers online services
2 hires on Thervo
4+ years in business
Serves Albany, NY
David S. says, "Nileah Patel from SecureBooks Bookkeeping is really prompt and knowledgeable in his tasks of bookkeeping. His service is really affordable. He is handling bookkeeping and payroll for my restaurant. I highly recommend to everyone." Read more
Anderson Accounting & Finance

Anderson Accounting & Finance

New on Thervo
Offers online services
11+ years in business
Serves Albany, NY
Most people think that the accounting profession simply just crunching numbers. Although this may be true, but for me it’s much more than that. What I do on a daily basis is much more rewarding and important for the people. The general perception is that we are serious and boring. However as an accountant I can say more times than not we are quite the opposite. Here are a few reasons I love my profession and choose to do it: 1)Solving problems 2) Participate in strategic decision making and make strategic recommendations. 3) Collaborating with different departments 4) Analyze Data to guide decision making 5) Leading process improvements.
Daniel C Ertel CPA

Daniel C Ertel CPA

New on Thervo
1 hire on Thervo
44+ years in business
Serves Albany, NY
50 years experience, former IRS Agent, admitted to practice in U.S. Tax Court

Your Accounting questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

What do accountants do?

Accountants help manage finances for businesses and individuals. Common services include:

  • Day-to-day bookkeeping: Recording income/expenses, processing payroll, managing accounts payable/receivable
  • Reporting: Preparing financial statements, cash flow reports, profit/loss statements
  • Taxes: Tax planning and preparation, filing returns, resolving audits
  • Auditing: Reviewing financial records to verify accuracy and compliance
  • Advising: Budgeting, reducing costs, improving profits, managing cash flow
  • Compliance: Ensuring legal/regulatory standards are met, documenting processes
  • Systems: Implementing accounting software/controls appropriate for the organization

How much do accountants charge?

Accountant fees vary widely based on several factors:

  • Location: Accountants in major metropolitan areas tend to charge higher rates, averaging $150 to $400 per hour. In smaller towns, rates may range from $100 to 250 per hour.
  • Experience level: Newly certified or junior accountants typically charge $50 to $150 per hour. Senior accountants with 5 to 10 years of experience charge $200 to $500 per hour on average.
  • Firm size: Solo practitioners and small local firms often have lower rates compared to larger regional or national firms.
  • Specializations: Accountants with niche expertise like forensic accounting or international taxes command higher rates.
  • Services: Commonly outsourced services like payroll, bookkeeping, and tax prep tend to cost less per hour than consultative services like auditing and financial planning.

Expect to pay $150 to $1,800+ for tax prep, $2,000 to $25,000+ for auditing, and $200 to $1,000 per month for bookkeeping, depending on your business size and needs. Request free consultations and compare detailed estimates before hiring.

How is an accountant different from a bookkeeper?

Bookkeepers handle daily transactions like recording expenses or issuing invoices. Accountants take the data bookkeepers compile and use it for high-level tasks like preparing financial statements, guiding business strategy, and filing taxes.

Most small businesses need both bookkeeping and higher-level accounting. A single accountant can provide both services, or you can hire a separate bookkeeper. If hiring both, ensure they communicate and regularly share data.

When should you hire an accountant?

Consider hiring an accountant if:

  • You need help selecting accounting systems and software for your business.
  • You need help with complex finances like managing investments, real estate, or international transactions.
  • Don't have the time or the training to do daily bookkeeping and accounting tasks yourself.
  • You need tax expertise to help maximize your return and prevent tax errors or penalties.
  • You're looking to identify cost reductions and growth opportunities.
  • You're preparing for an audit or sale and need to verify accurate financial statements.
  • You notice errors in your current system and need an expert to review processes and improve internal controls.

How do I choose an accountant near me?

The right accountant-client relationship can provide tremendous value to your business. Take the time to research options thoroughly before deciding who to hire. When researching accountants near you:

  • Ask for referrals from business owners in your industry.
  • Review credentials like CPA licensing, education, specializations.
  • Ask them for a free consultation and meet with them to discuss your needs.
  • Compare detailed estimates from at least 3 potential accountants.
  • Ask for client references and read client reviews on Lawful and Google.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations and budget.
  • Look for an accountant who communicates clearly and answers your questions in understandable terms.
  • Prioritize trust and rapport, as your accountant handles sensitive financial data.
  • Consider both large established CPA firms and smaller local professionals.

What questions should I ask when getting estimates from CPA firms or accountants?

Asking the below questions and choose an accountant who answers you promptly and clearly.

  • How long have you been an accountant?
  • What financial certifications do you have?
  • Do you specialize in a specific industry or area?
  • Can I have a free consultation? 
  • What accounting services do you offer?
  • How to you calculate and bill for your services?

Reviews for Albany accountants

Recent success stories from people in the Albany area.
Phyllis A.
Excellent with taking my information and doing my taxes with ease
Padgett Business Services
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