Chartered accountants are highly qualified accounting and finance professionals who have completed a rigorous course of study and passed a strict set of examinations. They must also meet stringent professional requirements to maintain their qualification status and continue their professional development in order to stay up-to-date on the latest tax laws and regulations. Chartered accountants offer additional services beyond traditional taxation, such as auditing, financial planning and bookkeeping services. They may also receive more specialised training than an accountant, giving them added expertise in areas like corporate law or international taxation.