Surveys and Studies

    Surveys and Studies 

    AICPA White Papers 

    ASEC White Paper: Information Integrity
    Published by the AICPA Assurance Services Executive Committee’s Trust Information Integrity Task Force in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, this white paper defines what information integrity means and provides context for it to users, preparers and practitioners.

    Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: A Primer for CPAs
    This white paper has been written to help AICPA members understand the provisions of particular significance for CPAs and the potential implications in serving their clients and organizations. it also highlights the AICPA's advocacy efforts in addressing specific issues on behalf of the profession.

    Characteristics and Skills of the Forensic Accountant
    The marketplace requires the forensic accountant to possess a different skill set from the traditional accountant. This white paper identifies areas for further investigation and opportunities for forensic accounting training programs.

    Health Care Reform: A Primer for CPAs
    On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and one week later, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. These two laws (collectively referred to as “2010 health care reform legislation”) will have a substantial impact on health care providers, insurers, employers and individual citizens. Whether working in practice or in industry, CPAs need to understand these changes to grapple with them in their firms, effectively advise their clients or organizations, and understand the changing business and financial environment and risks these reforms may herald. View a brief overview of the white paper.

    The Fundamental of Going Green, Part 1
    Going Green Part I: Capturing the Bottom Line Benefits of Sustainability. Aside from the obvious benefits of going green, such as a cleaner and more efficient workplace and reduced environmental impact, sustainability initiatives may have a positive impact on a company's bottom line.

    Surveys and Studies 

    Economic Outlook Survey
    Need an economic crystal ball? Gain insight and find out what other CPA decision-makers are thinking by reading the results of the latest AICPA Business & Industry Economic Survey.

    PCPS CPA Firm Top Issues Survey
    The PCPS CPA Firm Top Issues Survey is a biennial study that provides a unique look at the most significant challenges facing practitioners across the country.

    IFRS Readiness Survey
    Ready for IFRS? See how you compare to your peers by checking out the results of the semi-annual IFRS Readiness Survey.

    Supply and Demand Survey
    The Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits is prepared for anyone interested in the demographics of the accounting profession. The data are useful for individuals involved in planning for university accounting programs, and human resources for accounting firms.

    Top Technology Initiatives
    What are the profession’s top IT priorities? What are the emerging trends in accounting technology? Since 2005 AICPA has answered these questions by polling the experts. We ask CPAs with experience and expertise in accounting technology to identify their top IT priorities for the coming year.

    Tax Software Survey
    Each year the JOA and The Tax Adviser team up to survey AICPA members in order to assess popular tax preparation software from the just-ended tax season. Use the data on over a dozen packages to size up product strengths and weaknesses, how well user expectations were met, and what user trends are.

    High Net Worth Survey
    Nearly a year and a half since the 2008 economic meltdown, more than half of high net-worth Americans still lack faith in the stock market. Our 2010 survey of financial planners provides insights on how clients are reacting to the new circumstances.
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