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Test Preparation Library Guide: CPA

What is the CPA?

The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA) is the standard accounting license examination.

The standards for this test are set bt the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

For a list of FAQs concerning administration, requirements, or scoring visit the AICPA's page: CPA Exam FAQs

AICPA Resources

Here is a list of the Top 10 Resources for the CPA according to the AICPA:

CPA Ohio Resources

The Ohio CPA Foundation works hand in hand with educators and members of the CPA profession. Together with volunteers and sponsors, they fund programs that open students to the possibilities of a CPA career.

CPA Federal Resources

Mission is to promulgate federal accounting standards after considering the financial and budgetary information needs of citizens, congressional oversight groups, executive agencies, and the needs of other users of federal financial information.

Mission is to provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

CPA Library Resources

All materials are located in Maag Library: 

Reference materials are shelved alphabetically by call number in the Reference Room and cannot be checked-out.

Ready Reference materials are held at the Reference Desk and require a YSU ID.

Maag Stacks materials are located in the general collection and are available to be checked-out.

CPA Online Resources

  • AccountantsWorld: Widely used portal for accountants - vast array of free resources, tools and services.

  • AccountingEducation.com: Information filter for academic accountants.‚Äč

  • American Accounting Association (AAA) Promotes excellence in accounting education, research and practice.

  • American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) Mission is to achieve recognition of bookkeepers as accounting professionals; keep bookkeepers up to date on changes in bookkeeping, accounting and tax; answer bookkeepers’ everyday bookkeeping and accounting questions; and certify bookkeepers who meet high, national standards.

  • Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA) Mission is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

  • AuditNet: The Global Resource for Auditors Links, tools and resources developed for the benefit of auditors by Jim Kaplan CIA, CFE, CSM.

  • Business and Accounting Ethics Dr. Katherine T. Smith, Business Author and Dr. L. Murphy Smith, CPA, Professor of Accounting, Texas A&M University

  • CPAdirectory Online database of Certified Public Accountants.

  • CPAnet Accounting online community - find resourceful websites, utilize the Internet to gain new business, improve the quality of client service and conduct efficient and effective research.

  • Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) Organized in 1937 to improve the quality of state tax administration by providing services to state tax authorities and administrators. These services include research and information exchange, training, and intergovernmental and interstate coordination.

  • Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Mission 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. The FASB develops broad accounting concepts as well as standards for financial reporting and provides guidance on implementation of standards.

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Known as “the investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog.” GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 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, including issuers, auditors, and users of those financial reports.

  • The Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA) International professional association recognized as the internal audit profession’s leader in certification, education, research, and technological guidance.

  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) IMA is dedicated to rebalancing the accountancy profession by educating society regarding the business building role of management accountants and finance professionals working inside organizations.

  • International Federation of Accountants (IFA) Global organization for the accountancy profession, IFA is committed to protecting the public interest by developing high quality international standards, promoting strong ethical values, encouraging quality practice, and supporting the development of all sectors of the profession.

  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) & International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) The IASB is the independent standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit private sector organisation working in the public interest.

  • National Society of Accountants (NSA) Represents independent practitioners who provide accounting, tax, auditing, financial and estate planning, and management services to individuals and businesses. Most members are sole practitioners or partners in small- to medium-size accounting firms.

  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Private-sector, non-profit corporation, created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to oversee the auditors of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, fair, and independent audit reports.

  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

  • Tax Resources on the Web Gateway to tax resources available on the Web, organized by subject area.

  • TAXSites.com: Tax, Accounting and Payroll Sites Directory Comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources.

  • Wiley Resources