Professional Issues

    Professional Issues 

    The issues that affect the CPA profession are as varied as the roles and responsibilities of CPAs in the marketplace.  The work we do has a significant impact on the financial markets, regulation and the economic health of large and small businesses around the world. Our work ultimately protects the public by ensuring the integrity of financial information and advocating for fair and adequate legislation.

    • Professional Issues & Initiatives Slide
      This slide provides an overview of current issues and AICPA initiatives.
    • Disaster Recovery
      CPAs are helping victims recover from the financial implications of a disaster.
    • Social Security
      Find out about the AICPA resources that help to keep legislators and the public aware of issues involved in the Social Security debate.
    • Tax Reform
      The AICPA has a long history of assisting lawmakers with tax policy matters. Find out about the CPA Profession's latest efforts.
    • Start Here, Go Places.
      The AICPA's site where high school students can find out about careers in accounting and read AICPA-member CPA profiles.
    • Financial Literacy
      CPAs have stepped up to assist with this nationwide problem.
    • CPA Ambassador Program
      Member volunteers help spread the word about the CPA Profession.
    • XBRL
      Its all the rage in financial reporting and it started right here at the AICPA.
    • Anti-Fraud Initiatives
      It's a serious concern to every business and consumer. Here's what the AICPA is doing to help.
    • Enhanced Business Reporting
      Historical financial statements are becoming history. Timely, relevant and more transparent business reporting is on the way.
    • Peer Review Transparency
      The profession is moving toward increased transparency of peer review information.
    • Private Company Financial Reporting
      A blue ribbon panel on private company financial reporting submitted its recommendations to the Financial Accounting Foundation in Jan. 2011. On Oct. 4, 2011 FAF released a proposal that the AICPA does not believe will bring meaningful, lasting change.


    "Emerging Issues Impacting Today's Accountants" - an article from Robert Half International

    An Overview of the AICPA

    An Overview of Major AICPA Programs

    Specialized Interest Areas at the AICPA

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    8 tips for surviving busy season

    Article The 60-hour, six-day workweeks can create a hectic office environment. But if they manage their time correctly and take steps to lower their stress levels, young CPAs can survive and even thrive during this period.
    Published on February 17, 2015

    How to deal with a difficult boss

    Article So, if you’re stuck with a boss who frustrates you, what can you do—aside from polish your résumé?
    Published on December 16, 2014

    Entering the Leadership Academy arena

    Article A participant reflects on what she learned at the AICPA’s annual leadership event for young CPAs.
    Published on December 16, 2014

    Dos and donts for office holiday parties

    Article The office holiday party can feel like a social minefield. It’s hard to know how to navigate this hybrid of work and play.
    Published on December 16, 2014

    How to stay healthy during the holidays

    Article Working at a desk all day can take a toll on your body. Here are some simple ways to counteract the effects of too much sitting.
    Published on November 18, 2014

    How to avoid office fashion faux pas

    Article Making sartorial sense of the office’s unofficial rules can be a challenge. How casual is casual Friday or business casual? Relaxed dress codes can lead to choices that negatively affect how young CPAs are viewed by peers and clients.
    Published on August 19, 2014

    Keeping your poker face on at work

    Article Keeping your poker face on at work is not easy. The workplace often is an emotional roller coaster. Here are four ways to keep your emotions in check.
    Published on July 22, 2014

    Financial Literacy

    Overview The AICPA's efforts to educate Americans and increase financial literacy are widespread. Access consumer and CPA financial literacy resources.
    Published on July 11, 2014

    4 Work Habits That Will Get You Ahead

    Article Work habits, whether good or bad, can be changed so that you will feel better about your work and get ahead. Here are 4 habits that, if changed, could spell the difference between getting that much-deserved promotion or being passed over.
    Published on April 14, 2014

    Icebreakers That Really Work!

    Article How to “break the ice” with your co-workers and peers, here are 5 icebreakers for consideration. How many of these have you already participated in and how effective have they been?
    Published on April 14, 2014

    Corporate Diversity is Activated by Inclusivity

    Article How diverse is your organization and how diverse would you like it to be based on your business model? In this Q&A with Kim Drumgo, director of Diversity and Inclusion for the AICPA, discover the “business” case for diversity and find out how diversity and inclusivity impact your firm or
    Published on March 18, 2014

    7 Strategies to Creating Life-Long Clients and Customers

    Article They say it costs less to keep a client/customer than to get a new one, so it pays to be proactive in the way you handle your relationships, communications, and professional demeanor. Here are 7 strategies you can implement to ensure your clients and customers stay with you through for
    Published on February 18, 2014

    Start the New Year by Being Prepared!

    Article Although none of us like to think about man-made or natural disasters, we have to face the reality that we may only have a few minutes to evacuate our apartments or homes. Being prepared is key. Here’s some advice from a CPA financial planner who can give you practical tips
    Published on January 13, 2014

    Untraditional Firm/Company Holiday Traditions

    Article We’ve surveyed young and not-so-young CPAs to find out what kinds of unusual or untraditional holiday traditions they have in their firms and companies. Some of the answers might surprise you! Find out what others are up to; there’s even a video of how one firm improves camaraderie by helping
    Published on November 16, 2013

    Specialized Interest Centers

    Overview The AICPA has developed the Audit Quality Centers, as well as a series of AICPA Special Interest Centers to provide valuable resources for CPAs in specialized practice areas.
    Published on October 31, 2013

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