Because the District of Columbia is a state, county and city all in one, its residents can enjoy fewer regulatory agencies than in other part of the country. Additionally, the District is making efforts to streamline its licensing process, slowly moving application processes online and making forms easier to complete.
In District of Columbia, accounting services can be tax preparation services, personal accounting or management accounting businesses. Typically, states regulate such professional organizations, but in some cases cities and counties also require special business licenses for them. Accounting firms are held accountable for their professional conduct and often answer to a state accountancy board.