Practical information is not always easy to come by, but a solid resource list goes a long way in helping accounting professionals stay on top of their field. This section offers valuable links to resources on government and industry regulation, social networking, advocacy, product and service purchasing and more.
Financial Accounting Standards Board
The FASB is an independent authority that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for the private sector, under authority delegated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Board has established a Small Business Advisory Group to receive more active input from the small business community in the development of financial reporting and accounting standards. Meetings are held twice a year and are open to the public. The FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification is available from this site in a professional online version. Updates, as well as research reports and discussion papers can also be accessed here.
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. Overseeing nearly 4,430 brokerage firms, 162,155 branch offices and 629,530 registered securities representatives, the agency’s chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Founded in 1908, NASBA’s goal is to enhance the effectiveness of the country’s 55 state boards of accountancy. The association also provides invaluable tools for the accounting professional, or soon to be professional. In addition to a directory ( http://www.nasba.org/stateboards) of all state board web sites, NASBA provides CPA exam and licensing information and downloadable registration forms, as well as application preparation services through CredentialNet. Continuing professional education (CPE) tools are available through its Learning Market, and quality education providers can be recognized on its National Registry.
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
The PCAOB was established by Congress in to oversee the audits of public companies pursuant to the Sarbanes/Oxley Act in 2002. The web site contains all registration information and downloadable forms for public accounting firms, who are required to register. Standards established by the Board for auditing, attestation, quality control and ethics are also available for download on this site.
American Institute of CPAs
On behalf of its members, the AICPA monitors and advocates on legislative and other matters that affect the accounting profession. Working with state CPA societies and other professional organizations, the AICPA provides information to and educates federal, state and local policymakers regarding key issues as they impact the industry.
CPA Meetup Group
A subcategory in Meetup, CPA Meetup is a portal for industry professionals to organize a local accounting group or to find one currently meeting up face-to-face. The site features a search engine, meeting information and an RSS feed of Meetup Groups.
An online community for Certified Public Accountants and other accounting industry professionals, CPAnet features a job board, credentialing information, forums, exam tips and a discussion board. It also sponsors Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
One of the oldest and most respected professional networking groups, LinkedIn allows members to share insights, knowledge and job information in more than one million LinkedIn Groups across hundreds of professional disciplines.
Social CPA focuses on helping accountants and their firms learn how to use social media to increase brand awareness and generate revenue. Site features include news, blogs, industry updates, surveys and professional resources.
ADP Accountant Portal- Small Business Services
ADP now has services for accounting professionals that are geared toward small businesses. Tools and resources include electronic payroll and data services, the Learning Library from CCH, free online payroll calculators and legislative updates of interest to the accounting profession.
Business.com helps businesses of all sizes to research, find and compare products and services they need for their particular product or service. The online portal provides side-by-side price comparison tools, how-to guides and an extensive online B2B directory.
A special division of Fiberkraft, CPAFolders.com offers a complete line of office and presentation supplies for the accounting professional. Products include tax folders, stationery, mailing materials and much more. Professional services also include typesetting and graphic design.
This full-service company targets the accounting industry, offering tax products and accounting tools, as well as web and newsletter services, marketing tools and reference services
This site is full of news, insights, tips and tools for the accounting professional, with resources for accounting departments in small and large companies, both private and public. Read informative articles and blogs on practice management and current trends or download policy templates to help systematize your office. The online version of the popular publication, this site is free after registration. With access to web seminars, white papers and CPE credits, it is a time-saving solution for the busy professional.