The accounting industry is constantly changing — laws update, technology shifts, and regulations and standards are rewritten. Keeping on top of what’s happening in the industry can seem like a full-time job itself.
We’ve listed the best professional organizations, conferences, and accounting resources to help you stay at the top of your field.
(Have a favorite that’s not on the list? Comment below.)
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA): The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession and has a robust library of accounting resources, news, and educational materials.
The Professional Association of Small Business Accountants (PASBA): Represents Certified Public Accountants, Public Accountants, and Enrolled Agents that serve small businesses in the United States by providing accounting services.
National Association of Tax Professionals (NATB): NATP helps tax professionals by providing resources, connections, and education — including online workshops, webinars, and CPE packages.
National Society of Accountants (NSA): Billing itself as “THE association for ‘Main Street’ tax and accounting professionals,” the NSA offers members a Tax Help Desk, resources, and a professional directory.
Association of Accounting and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA): Offering Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification, Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA) credentialing, career resources, and networking opportunities.
AICPA conferences: Including the National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions, National Tax Conference, and Women’s Global Leadership Summit.
NATP National Conference: An opportunity for education and networking for NATB members, including a CPE track. The NATP also hosts shorter in-person workshops on topics like 1040s, business tax law, and other topics important to tax preparers.
ACE, IMA’s Annual Conference and Expo: With specialty tracks designed for management accountants, networking opportunities, and a chance to earn CPE credits.
FASAB Handbook of Accounting Standards: Updated annually, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board is the most up-to-date, authoritative source of generally accepted accounting principles developed for federal entities.
AICPA Statements and Standards: An online library of industry standards governing areas such as professional conduct, peer review, audit and attest, and taxes issued by the AICPA
US SEC Publications for Investors: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s digital library of publications on topics like arbitration, investment companies, trading securities, fraud, and stock.
Industry Trend Websites and Publications
Accounting Today: Register for a free account, and stay up-to-date on the latest technology and regulatory trends affecting the accounting industry.
AICPA publications: The AICPA has several online publications, including the Journal of Accountancy, The Tax Advisor, and Financial Management Magazine. The official AICPA Insights blog is a great place for evergreen accounting tips and insights.
Corporate Accounting: The Economist’s feed for news and opinion on the accounting industry.
Accounting and Accountants: The New York Times’ feed on tax law, accounting trends, and more
Strategic Finance Magazine: IMA’s online magazine is filled with articles on new technology trends, strategy, governance, and ethics.
Did we miss any of your favorite accounting resources? Let us know in the comments.