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Zimmerman's Research Guide


Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

There is no comprehensive, detailed directory for CPAs, but there are a number of free nation-wide CPA look-ups, such as CPADirectory.com and the links in ABC Search Engine. If that doesn't work, you can see if the accountant is licensed in a state that posts an online lookup; links are posted by BRB Publications and SearchSystems.net. Alternatively, you can use the fee-based professional licensing databases on Lexis (ex. NJ has NJ;NJLIC), Accurint or another vendor. For other states, call the relevant Board of Accountancy/Licensing (e.g., 518-474-3836 in NY, 973-504-6380 in NJ).

Alternatively, you might try calling the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (888-777-7077) to see if the person in question is a member.

To find professional publications by a CPA, search the databases discussed in the "Accounting" entry.

Ethics: The AICPA has its own Code of Professional Conduct. To find out if a CPA has been disciplined, contact the relevant state licensing board; the AICPA post links to State Boards of Accountancy.

See Also
Accounting Firms
Accounting Principles
Accounting Standards
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Auditors' Requests for Information
Auditing Standards
Comfort Letters
Emerging Issues Task Force
Financial Accounting Standards Board

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