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By Gary Lesser

Basic Accounting Simplified Links is a gateway for our users who wish to visit other accounting-related sites on the Internet. 


1.         Accounting and Audit 

2.         Accounting Associations 

3.         Other Associations

4.         State CPA Associations


1. Accounting and Audit

Defense Contract Audit Agency — Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), DCAA is responsible for performing all contract audits for the Department of Defense.  


Department of Housing and Urban Development — Consolidated Audit Guide. 


Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) — The Pronouncements as Amended is a single PDF file providing all Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Concepts and Standards, Interpretations, Technical Bulletins and Releases, and Staff Implementation Guidance as well as the consolidated glossary of terms. This is a good reference for final pronouncements since it is updated for all amendments as of the issue date.  


Financial Accounting Standards Board — The mission of the Financial Accounting Standards Board is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting for the guidance and education of the public, including issuers, auditors, and users of financial information.  


Government Accounting Standards Board — Mission is to establish and improve standards of state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting that will result in useful information for users of financial reports and guide and educate the public, issuers, auditors and users of reports.  


International Accounting Standards Board  In 2001, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) assumed accounting standard setting responsibilities from its predecessor body, the International Accounting Standards Committee.  


Rutgers Accounting Web — RutgersAccounting Web.  


SEC EDGAR Database — Securities & Exchange Commission Electronic Data Gathering and Retrieval System.  

World Lecture Hall–Accounting The World Lecture Hall (WLH) contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver university-level academic courses in any language.

2. Accounting Associations


AGN International-North America — AGN International is a worldwide association of separate and independent accounting and consulting firms.  


American Accounting Association — The American Accounting Association promotes worldwide excellence in accounting education, research and practice.  


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants — Committed to member service and the public interest, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been serving the accounting profession since 1887. No matter where your career takes you, the AICPA is there to provide the training, professional skills, programs, services and publications you need to keep you at the top of your professional life. Membership in the AICPA is an invaluable career investment. A large selection of accounting related information is available at the AICPA Store. 


American Society of Women Accountants — Formed in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance. 


American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants — The AWSCPA is the only organization devoted exclusively to the support and professional development of women CPAs.  


Arab Society of Certified Accountants — ASCA was established in London in 1984 as an Arab professional institution with an international character.  


Association of Certified Fraud Examiners — The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is an international professional member organization dedicated to fighting fraud and white-collar crime.  


Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S. — Homepage of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States (ACAUS).  


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants — Professional body for Chartered Certified Accountants, Certified Accounting Technicians, and holders of the Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (CDipAF).  


Association of Government Accountants — The educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management. AGA serves the professional interests of financial managers, from local, state and federal governments, as well as public accounting firms. 


Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) —ALPFA is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in the accounting, finance and related professions.


Beta Alpha Psi — Professional accounting and business fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members' formal education by providing interaction between students, faculty, and professionals.  


British Accounting Association — The aims and objectives of the BAA are the advancement of knowledge and understanding of accounting through advancement of education, encouragement of research and promotion by means of conferences, discussion groups, teachers and practitioners.  


Chartered Accountants of Canada — The CICA’s mission is to foster public confidence in the CA profession by acting in the public interest and helping its members excel. 


Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia — Certified General Accountants—a vital part of Canada's business community.  


Certified General Accountants Association of Canada — The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada is a national self-regulating association of Certified General Accountants who work in Canada and elsewhere.  


Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario — Mission is to ensure our members merit the confidence and trust of all who rely upon their professional knowledge, skills, judgment and integrity.  


Certified Management Accountants — CMA Canada, a self-regulating body, maintains the highest standards, practices and professional conduct in management accounting to protect the public interest.  


Certified Management Accountants–Alberta — The Certified Management Accountants of Alberta (CMAA) represents many CMAs in Alberta.  


Certified Management Accountants–Ontario — Self-governing professional organization, the Society is in the forefront in developing the relevancy of management accounting and the professional qualifications and continuing competency of CMAs.  


Certified Management Accountants of B.C. — Self-governing professional organization, the Society is in the forefront in developing the relevancy of management accounting and the professional qualifications and continuing competency of CMAs.  


Chartered Accountants of British Columbia — Mission is to protect and serve the public, members and students by providing exceptional education, regulation and member services programs so that chartered accountants may provide the highest quality of professional services.  


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants — Founded in 1919, is the world’s largest body of management accountants. 


CPA Associates International (CPAAI) — International association of independent certified and chartered accounting firms with members worldwide.  


CPA Australia — CPA Australia is the nation's largest professional body with more than 97,000 members in Australia and overseas.  


CPAsNET — A consortium of accounting and business consulting firms who have pooled their resources to provide their clients with the local, national and international prospective needed to prosper.  


DFK International — DFK International is an organization consisting of independent accounting firms throughout the world. It is committed to meeting the needs of businesses and individuals with interests in more than one country.  


DFK International/USA — DFK/USA is committed to expanding the services of member firms through the sharing of technical and professional resources as well as information and management practices.  


European Accounting Association — Home Page for the European Accounting Association, it contains up to date information relating to the Association, its publications and conferences.  


Financial Management Association International — Mission of the FMA is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, and to provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students. 


Government Finance Officers Association — GFOA is the professional association of state/provincial and local finance officers in the United States and Canada.  


Hong Kong Society of Accountants — The Hong Kong Society of Accountants (the Society) is the only statutory licensing body of accountants in Hong Kong responsible for regulation of the accountancy profession.  


Indonesian Accounting Society — The Indonesian Accounting Society. 


Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia — Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 


Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland — Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. 


Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Isreal — Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel. 


Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore — The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS) is the national organization of the accounting profession in Singapore.  


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales — The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is the largest professional accountancy body in Europe.  


Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan — Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) was established on July 1, 1961 to regulate the profession of Chartered Accountancy.  


Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan — ICMAP is the sole provider of cost and management accounting education, training and professional certification in Pakistan.  


Institute of Financial Accountants — Institute of Financial Accountants was established in 1916 and is the oldest body of non Chartered Accountants in the world.  


Institute of Internal Auditors — The Institute of Internal Auditors–United  

Kingdom (IIA-UK) is the primary body in the UK representing, promoting and developing the practice of internal auditing.  


Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors — The world's leader in certification, education, research, and technological guidance for the profession, the Institute serves as the profession's watchdog and resource on significant auditing issues around the globe.  


Institute of Management Accountants — The IMA is the leading professional organization devoted exclusively to management accounting and financial management.  


International Center for Accounting Reform — Non-government, non-profit making Russian legal entity providing guidance within the framework of the transition from Russian Accounting Regulations towards International Accounting Standards (IAS).  


International Federation of Accountants — IFAC is an organization of national professional accountancy organizations that represent accountants employed in public practice, business and industry, the public sector, and education, as well as some specialized groups.  


International Group of Accounting Firms — Founded in 1977, the International Group of Accounting Firms, Limited, is a worldwide organization of independent local and regional firms of Certified Public Accountants, Chartered Accountants, or their professional equivalents.  


Midsnell Group International — An international association of independent accounting and consulting firms throughout the world. 


MSI Global Alliance — MSI is an international association of independent professional law and accounting firms. 


National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) — A national organization to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession.  


National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) — NASBA serves as a forum for the nation's state boards of accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license certified public accountants, and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States.  


National Association of Tax Professionals — The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), founded in 1979, is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to excellence in taxation.  


National Conference of CPA Practitioners — An association of member firms in public practice.  


National Institute of Accountants (Australia) — The National Institute of Accountants (NIA) is a professional organisation for accountants who are recognized for their practical, hands-on skills and broad understanding of the total business environment.  


Chartered Accountants of New Brunswick — Its primary mandate is to serve and protect the public interest, and advance the interests of the chartered accountancy profession within New Brunswick and throughout Canada.  


New England Peer Review — Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont administrative cooperative for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Quality Review Program.  


PKF North American Network — An association of independently owned accounting and consulting firms with offices throughout North America.  


Quebec Institute of Chartered Accountants — Mission is to enhance decision making and improve organizational performance through financial management, assurance and other specialized expertise.  


Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) — Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) is a professional organization established under Royal Decree and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce in order to promote the accounting and auditing profession.  


Spanish Association of Accounting and Business Administration — AECA's members represent the professional, academic and research bodies in the Spanish accounting and business administration world.  


The Institute of Chartered Accountants of New ZealandThe Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand is the only professional accounting organization in the country.  


The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria — The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) is the only professional accountancy body in Nigeria.  


The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India — The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India is the only professional body specialized in the field of cost and management accountancy in India.  


Verband der Certified Public Accountants in Deutschland e.V. — German CPA Society.  



3. Associations – Other  


Accounting Hall Of Fame — The Accounting Hall of Fame was established at The Ohio State University in 1950 for the purpose of honoring accountants who have made or are making significant contributions to the advancement of accounting since the beginning of the twentieth century.  


American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants — The AAA-CPA is the only association in the nation whose members are comprised of professionals dually qualified as both attorneys and certified public accountants.  

Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada — A non-profit organization whose objective is to promote and foster a forum and governing body for the professionals who provide the public, governments and employers, their services in the areas of fraud prevention, detection and investigation.  


Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association — The MFM is aprofessional society comprised of broadcasting's and cable TV's top financial, MIS and human resource executives, station general managers and other broadcasting and cable management personnel.  


Casualty Actuarial Society — The purposes of the Casualty Actuarial Society are to advance the body of knowledge of actuarial science applied to property, casualty and similar risk exposures, to establish and maintain standards of qualification for membership, to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and competence for the members, and to increase the awareness of actuarial science.  


Chartered Financial Analyst Institute — A global membership organization that awards the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation, CFA Institute leads the investment industry by setting the highest standards of ethics and professional excellence and vigorously advocating fair and transparent capital markets.  


Commercial Law League of America — Organization of collections, creditors' rights and bankruptcy professionals. Founded in 1895, the CLLA has nearly 5,000 members in the United States as well as in dozens of countries abroad.  


Community Accountants Pro Bono Accounting Services for Nonprofits — mission is to provide accounting-related services through volunteers to help nonprofit organizations become self-sufficient. 


Construction Financial Management Association — CFMA's mission: to unite people with financial responsibilities in the construction industry; to provide a forum through which members can meet to exchange ideas, develop and coordinate education programs to improve professional standards in the industry.  


Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies — COPAS establishes and dispenses energy accounting guidelines, model form interpretations, best practices, training and reference publications as well as providing ethical standards for energy accountants. COPAS is the certification organization for the Accredited Petroleum Acountant (APA) program.  


Federation of Exchange Accomodators (FEA) — FEA is the national trade organization formed to represent Intermediaries, their primary legal/tax advisors and affiliates, who are directly involved in Section 1031 Exchanges.  


Healthcare Financial Management Association — HFMA is a membership organization of financial management professionals employed by healthcare organizations, accounting firms, insurance companies and government agencies.  


Information Systems Audit and Control Association — ISACA sponsors international conferences, administers the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor designation and develops globally-applicable Information Systems (IS) Auditing and Control Standards.  


IT Governance Institute — Site to assist enterprise leadership in ensuring long-term, sustainable enterprise success and increased stakeholder value by expanding awareness of the need for and benefits of effective IT governance.  


NACHA–The Electronic Payments Association — Information on the innovative and dynamic world of electronic payments.  


New York Society of Security Analysts — Since 1937, the New York Society of Security Analysts has been the premier forum in the United States for the exchange of investment information between senior corporate officials and financial analysts and others involved in investment decision making.  


The Professional Accounting Society of America — The accounting society designed specifically for entry-level and mid-level professionals working at public.  


4. State CPA Associations 


Alabama — Alabama Society of CPAs  

Alaska — Alaska Society of CPAs  

Arizona — Arizona Society of CPAs  

Arkansas — Arkansas Society of CPAs  

California — California Society of CPAs  

Colorado — Colorado Society of CPAs  

Connecticut — Connecticut Society of CPAs  

Delaware — Delaware Society of CPAs  

Florida — Florida Institute of CPAs  

Georgia — Georgia Society of CPAs  

Hawaii — Hawaii Society of CPAs  

Idaho — Idaho Society of CPAs  

Illinois — Illinois CPA Society  

Indiana — Indiana Society of CPAs  

Iowa — Iowa Society of CPAs  

Kansas — Kansas Society of CPAs  

Kentucky — Kentucky Society of CPAs  

Louisiana — Society of Louisiana CPAs  

Maine — Maine Society of CPAs  

Maryland — Maryland Association of CPAs  

Massachusetts — Massachusetts Society of CPAs  

Michigan — Michigan Association of CPAs  

Minnesota — Minnesota Society of CPAs  

Mississippi — Mississippi Society of CPAs  

Missouri — Missouri Society of CPAs  

Montana — Montana Society of CPAs  

Nebraska — Nebraska Society of CPAs  

Nevada — Nevada Society of CPAs  

New Hampshire — New Hampshire Society of CPAs  

New Jersey — New Jersey Society of CPAs  

New Mexico — New Mexico Society of CPAs  

New York — New York State Society of CPAs  

North Carolina — North Carolina Association of CPAs  

North Dakota — North Dakota Society of CPAs  

Ohio — The Ohio Society of CPAs  

Oklahoma — Oklahoma Society of CPAs  

Oregon — Oregon Society of CPAs  

Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs  

Puerto Rico — Colegio de Contadores Publicos Autorizados de Puerto Rico  

Rhode Island — Rhode Island Society of CPAs  

South Carolina — South Carolina Association of CPAs  

South Dakota — South Dakota CPA Society  

Tennessee — Tennessee Society of CPAs  

Texas — Texas Society of CPAs  

Utah — Utah Association of CPAs  

Vermont — Vermont Society of CPAs  

Virgin Islands — Virgin Islands Society of CPAs  

Virginia — Virginia Society of CPAs  

Washington — Washington Society of CPAs  

Washington D.C. — Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)  

West Virginia — West Virginia Society of CPAs  

Wisconsin — Wisconsin Institute of CPAs  

Wyoming — Wyoming Society of CPAs  




American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) – Publisher of many accounting related publications. 


Wolters Kluwer Law & Business / Aspen Publishers — Premier publications for legal, tax, and business professionals. 


Wolters Kluwer / CCH — Five generations of legal and business professionals have considered CCH products among the essentials in any office and critical to keeping up with day-to-day changes in the law. 



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