5 Conferences for Accountants in 2016

Today’s accountants are playing a bigger role in devising business strategies that will improve their organization’s revenue and growth. All accountants have obtained at least a four-year degree and spent plenty of time in lecture halls, but continuing education is still important after graduation.

Although facts and figures stay the same, the best accounting practices evolve from year to year. Attending a conference can help you power up with the latest tactics to advance your accounting career. Below we’ve listed five great 2016 conferences for accountants in chronological order to help fine-tune your accounting skills.

1. AICPA Employee Benefits Plans Conference: Las Vegas, NV

May 10-12, 2016

At the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is holding its Employee Benefits Plans Conference for accountants, auditors, and tax practitioners around the world. This year’s conference will cover unprecedented changes being made in employee benefit plans. Attendees will listen to speakers from oversight agencies, expand their network connections, and explore content developed by industry experts. AICPA members can save $375 on an Early Bird special by registering before March 26th.

2. LITPS 3rd Annual Accounting Technology Forum: Woodbury, NY

June 23-24, 2016

Accounting Today magazine is hosting its LITPS 3rd Annual Accounting Technology Forum this June at Crest Holly Country Club in Woodbury to highlight the latest digital solutions taking the accounting world by storm. Over just one and a half days, attendees obtain 15.5 CPE credits for recertification. Featured guest speakers will include Donald Ingram, Robert L. Goldfarb, Gene Marks, and James Bourke. Breakaway sessions are available for covering everything from mobile apps and Office 365 to the Cloud.

3. IIA 2016 International Conference: New York City, NY

July 17-20, 2016

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Institute of Internal Auditors is offering the IIA International Conference in New York City for 2016. The conference will be attended by over 2,000 auditing and accounting professionals from more than 100 countries. This year’s keynote speakers will be former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. Up to 18 CPE hours can be attained in workshops discussing cyber security, fraud examination, global audit issues, auditing ethics, outsourcing, information assurance, and data breaches.

4. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting: New York City, NY

August 6-10, 2016

Following the theme “Celebration of the Century,” the American Accounting Association is celebrating its 100th year with the AAA Annual Meeting in New York City. At the Sheraton Times Square, more than 7,000 accountants will come together to discuss this year’s leading-edge practices. A Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) is available for new and experienced accounting faculty looking to refine their teaching talents. There’s also a Global Emerging Scholars Research Workshop for early-career accounting scholars.

5. Digital CPA Conference 2016: Las Vegas, NV

December 5-7, 2016

The Digital CPA Conference will be held in December at Las Vegas’ M Resort Spa & Casino to help accountants put their firms on the right digital journey. In the Exhibit Hall, attendees will access leading CPA firm-based technology solutions, including Paychex, Intacct, Biz2Credit, and Vertex SMB. From technology implementation to practice management and strategic planning, accountants benefit from up to 15 CPE credits. There’s also an Online Conference option to attend from the boardroom or comfort of home.

Accountants lead busy work lives, but taking time away from balancing sheets and financial statements to attend a conference is wise. Participating in an annual conference will expand your know-how on the latest advancements in the accounting field. Whether you’re a student or experienced CPA, conferences are available nationwide to cater to your unique professional development needs. Schedule one or more of these great conferences for accountants on your 2016 calendar to advance your financial career.

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