Tara A. Edwards, CPA

Title:Partner, Assurance Services

Education:B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Accounting, University of Mary Washington

Tara A. Edwards

A Partner at Cherry Bekaert with more than 15 years of experience, Tara provides audit and consulting assistance to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on internal controls, fraud prevention and compliance. She is a member of the firm’s Risk Advisory Services Group, performing Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, internal audit co-sourcing, risk assessment engagements and internal control assessments for clients utilizing the COSO framework.

Tara is also a member of the Firm’s Government Contractor Services group, assisting clients with accounting issues related to their federal contracts and grants. She assists clients with accounting system setup and reviews, development of indirect rate structures, preparation of incurred cost submissions, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) issues and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance. Tara also serves as a Firm technical resource related to OMB A-133 audits (single audit) for not-for-profit and state and local governments. A sought-after speaker, Tara has developed and presented several seminars on government contracting, risk advisory and single audit topics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Controls
  • Internal Audit
  • Single Audit
  • FAR Compliance/Audits
  • Contract Closeouts

Professional Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)