Online CPA Resources: A List

By Charles Hall | Accounting and Auditing

Nov 15

Are you looking for online CPA resources? You’ve come to the right place. 

There’s plenty of free online information such as the audit standards, compilation and review standards, illustrative reports, and fraud prevention information. There are also paid resources such as those provided by the AICPA’s audit quality centers.

Below I provide a list of free resources with links.

Then you’ll see information regarding the audit quality centers. 

online CPA resources


Free Online CPA Resources

Here’s a list of online CPA resources that I commonly use:

Paid Online CPA Resources

AICPA Audit Quality Centers

While the following are not free, consider joining audit quality centers if you have a concentration in areas such as governments and benefit plans. I have found our membership in the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC) particularly helpful. They provide timely information alerts to keep you abreast of evolving changes such as those related to Yellow Book and Single Audits. The Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center is also useful. These audit quality centers provide practice aids and CPE classes relevant to governments and benefit plans. 

Another great resource (though not free) is the Center for Plain English Accounting (CPEA). The CPEA provides written responses to your technical questions; the AICPA Technical Hotline listed above is free but they don’t provide written responses, only verbal. The CPEA also provides timely articles about accounting and auditing changes, some of the best I have seen. Their quarterly accounting and auditing CPE update is also quite useful. 

Your Online Resources

What other online resources do you use as a CPA? Leave a comment.


About the Author

Charles Hall is a practicing CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner. For the last thirty-five years, he has primarily audited governments, nonprofits, and small businesses. He is the author of The Little Book of Local Government Fraud Prevention, The Why and How of Auditing, Audit Risk Assessment Made Easy, and Preparation of Financial Statements & Compilation Engagements. He frequently speaks at continuing education events. Charles consults with other CPA firms, assisting them with auditing and accounting issues.

  • Charles Hall says:

    Jordan, please see the fourth item for a link to professional ethics (Code of Conduct); is that what you are referring to (“AICPA Professiinal Standards”)? The list is not intended to be comprehensive, just some that came to mind as I put it together. Thanks for your comment.

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