Question ~ What Should I Study To Be a Forensic Accountant?
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Answer: What should I study to be a forensic accountant?
Forensic Accounting is an accounting specialty. You will work investigating and analyzing old accounting records, for the purpose of uncovering fraud, theft, money laundering, regulatory discrepancies and legal misdoings. You will prepare reports of your results and may testify in court.
A Forensic Accountant is often retained to analyze, interpret, summarize and present complex financial and business related issues in a manner which is both understandable and properly supported.
Because a forensic accountant is first and foremost an accountant, your college studies should include double-entry bookkeeping, business transactions, accounting principles, financial statements, auditing, and taxation. Your accounting program of studies always includes courses in business and commercial law. Accounting is a tool for business reporting and prepares you for a variety of jobs in business or government.
The best jobs for a forensic accountant are with a public accounting firm, or government regulatory agency or the IRS. Forensic accountants can be engaged in public practice or employed by insurance companies, banks, police forces, government agencies and other organizations.
After college, you will pass the CPA exam to become a Certified Professional Accountant. Some forensic accountants are also Certified Forensic Accounting Professionals, or Certified Fraud Examiners.
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