DEFINITION of 'Accountant In Charge'

The person responsible for personnel and assigning the tasks involved in an audit. The accountant in charge maintains workflow by assigning tasks to accounting and clerical staff, monitors an audit's progress, recommends controls and process adjustments, enforces standards, and follows legal guidelines. The accountant is typically a CPA.

BREAKING DOWN 'Accountant In Charge'

In accounting consultancy firms, the accountant in charge is the point person that maintains the relationship with the client. He or she is often tasked with bringing in new business and upholding the firm's reputation by maintaining strict confidentiality with existing clients.

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