Online CPA Resources: Free and Paid Options

By Charles Hall | Accounting and Auditing

Mar 18

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

There are plenty of online resources, including audit standards, compilation and review standards, illustrative reports, and fraud prevention information. The AICPA’s audit quality centers also offer resources. Some of them are free, while others require a fee. 

online CPA resources

Online CPA Resources

Here’s a list of online CPA resources that I commonly use (some AICPA documents require an AICPA membership):

AICPA Quality Center Resources

While the following are not free, consider joining audit quality centers if you have a concentration in areas such as governments and benefit plans. Once you join a center, you’ll have online access to their information (e.g., newsletters and alerts). In today’s environment, these memberships are vital. I don’t know how anyone can keep up with all the changes in accounting and auditing standards without resources like these. 

I have found 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 online resources do you use as a CPA? Leave a comment.

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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.

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