The timeline: 1887–2012

The timeline you’ll find below is an attempt to capture some of the countless people, events, initiatives, headlines, technologies, and other forces that have shaped the AICPA and the accounting profession over the past 125 years. Part time capsule, part abbreviated history lesson, it’s a glimpse of the rich heritage of accounting.

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The JofA owes a debt of gratitude to Dale L. Flesher and Tonya K. Flesher of the University of Mississippi; Stephanie Moussalli of Rhodes College; Gary Previts of Case Western Reserve University; and Jennifer Reynolds-Moehrle of the University of Missouri–St. Louis for contributing to this timeline.


News quiz: College debt, stolen identities, and retirement planning

See how much you know about these developments and others in the Journal of Accountancy news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.