Accountants and tax professionals live in a digital world and with the constantly changing regulations and practices, they turn to online sources to keep them informed.From the implications of new tax laws, to accounting strategies and new technologies for accounting and business management, to even how trade developments may affect their clients, these professionals rely on news websites, and in-depth research to adapt their practices to be more productive and better at their career.
With a few hundred billion websites on earth, it can be challenging to find the sites and blogs that are the most reliable and that also keep up with cutting edge developments. This list can help give you a starting point, or a cheat sheet, for when you’re looking for specific information, or just wanting a few daily reads to keep up with the latest trends and news.
Blogs vs. Websites
For starters, let’s define these two terms. While often used interchangeably, there is a general difference. Traditional websites are more commonly associated with news organizations, other organizations (like government agencies or professional groups), or businesses. Blogs, on the other hand, are usually more focused on opinion and insight offered by one (or a few) individual persons who are often recognized as experts in a particular field.
That does not mean that one or the other is more reliable. While a traditional website might be a good resource for professionals keeping up with new tax law changes, for example, a blog from a reputable tax expert or attorney might offer a valuable breakdown of how the changes would affect specific taxpayers, and might link to related tax law cases or analysis to support their findings. Therefore, it is recommended that professionals keep their browser shortcut menu stocked with links to their favorite and most-trusted sites and blogs.
Accounting and Tax Profession News Websites
AccountingToday (www.accountingtoday.com) – The longest-lived print publication for accounting professionals, it is primarily focused on new relating to audit and accounting, tax and financial planning. The Voices section offers opinion commentary on topical issues.
AccountingWeb (www.accountingweb.com) – Provides news and opinion on tax, accounting, and practice management, as well as technology for professionals.
CPA Practice Advisor (www.cpapracticeadvisor.com) – With a 30-year history as a print publication focused on small to medium sized accounting and tax firms, this website provides reviews of accounting and tax software, as well as news, and columns from a deep bench of experts focused on taxation, payroll and practice management issues. Also offers CPE-eligible free webcasts, whitepapers and other resources.
Going Concern (www.goingconcern.com) – This website offers news and opinion on U.S. and U.K accounting issues, as well as Big 4 firm news, and information on financial reporting, CPA Exam prep and career opportunities.
Journal of Accountancy (www.journalofaccountancy.com) – The Journal is the official publication of the American Institute of CPAs, and as such covers a broad array of accounting issues, including private company controllership, auditing, governmental accounting, financial accounting standards, and taxation
Strategic Finance (www.sfmagazine.com) – This publication is more focused on financial management news and features for managerial accountants at private businesses, including financial measurement and management, reporting, government and strategy.
Mainstream Financial Publications
In addition to their primary focus on business management, these sites also offer a broad focus on accounting, tax, banking, investing, business management and large business operational guidance:
Professional Association Websites & Blogs
AICPA Insights (https://blog.aicpa.org – The official blog of the AICPA, Insights offers a variety of topical posts from both AICPA staff and professional CPAs on a variety of topics that impact the accounting profession.
NSA (www.nsacct.org/nsacctwww/browse/blogs) – The National Society of Accountants represents accounting and tax professionals in the U.S.
MACPA Blog (www.macpa.org/blog) – Run by the Maryland Association of CPAs, this site is among the best of the state society’s for covering accounting related news out of Washington D.C., and also has valuable practice management and business management resources.
Blogs by Accountants, for Accountants
AccountingCoach (www.accountingcoach.com/blog) – With an education focus, this blog offers a variety of online courses and basic primers on accounting basics likes charts of accounts, principles, balance sheets, debits and credits, AR and AP functions, depreciation and payroll accounting.
Accounting Department.com (https://www.accountingdepartment.com/blog – A general purpose bookkeeping and accounting blog for small business managers looking for tips on running the financial parts of their business, including payroll, AP, AR, but it can be a little self-promotional.
Accounting Insight News (www.accountexnetwork.com/blog) – This blog is geared toward accounting consultants, and provides extensive how-tos and tips on performing accounting functions within the major small business accounting systems.
Avalara Blog (www.avalara.com/blog) – Pretty much everything that small businesses and their accountants need to know about sales taxes across the U.S., including free sales tax rate calculators, how-to articles, and insights into legislation and important news. Also a good source for humorous news about sales taxes.
BQE Blog (https://blog.bqe.com/) – The BQE blog hosts articles for professional firms and small businesses by many small business accounting experts and thought leaders that serve the profession. Features tips and insight on practice management, workflow, growth, billables, productivity and other topics.
Fraud Files (www.sequenceinc.com/fraudfiles) – Fraud Files looks at forensic accounting issues and tactics for ferreting out improper or nefarious accounting practices.
Spark Blog by ADP (www.adp.com/spark) – Covers employer regulations and reporting requirements, and HR and payroll tips.
Summing it Up (https://blog.freedmaxick.com/summing-it-up) – Compiled by professionals on the staff of accounting firm Freed Maxick, this blog offers insight into accounting and tax laws, business management and consulting.
Taxing Subjects (www.taxingsubjects.com) – This blog is an excellent resource for tax professionals, covering new IRS rules and regulations, tax practice and client service tips, and detailed pointers for preparers.
TaxProf Blog (https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog) – This site has a tax attorney focus (because it is led by a tax attorney), providing legal insight on many tax and accounting issues, including case law that can be relevant to accounting and tax treatments.
The CPA Consultants’ Alliance (http://cpaconsultantsalliance.com/blog) – This is a great resources that showcases practice tips from about a dozen thought leaders in the accounting profession, who looks at real-world issues facing firms.
SwipeClock (https://www3.swipeclock.com/blog) – This blog offers some of the most comprehensive state-by-state coverage of payroll and labor laws, as well as best practices and tips on wage reporting and compliance.
Vend Blog (https://blog.vendhq.com) – Covering the latest in retail, inventory and point-of-sale news and advice, the Vend blog is particularly useful to small businesses and the accountants that serve them.
FASB (www.fasb.org) – The Financial Accounting Standards Board.
GASB (www.gasb.org)) – The Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
PCAOB (www.pcaobus.org) – The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.