That’s like saying a paralegal is the same as an attorneyA CPA is an accountant. CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant. I think a tax accountant is what you're referring to. A tax accountant/attorney usually specializes in compliance of the current and ever changing IRS Tax Codes.
An accountant is NOT a CPA
Accountants need to take a very difficult exam to earn a CPA designation.
Just like a lawyer needs to take the bar exam.
H & R block has accountants
I have a CPA.