Professional Issues


The AICPA, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric, a technology-based testing company, announce the April 5, 2004 commencement of a computerized version of the uniform CPA exam ( www.aicpa.org/news/2003/p030205a.asp ). Prometric will offer the test up to six days a week during two of every three months of the year. The final paper-based version of the exam will be given on November 5 and 6 of this year.

The Bush administration launches a Web site ( www.regulations.gov ) where interested parties can find, review and comment on proposed rules any government agency publishes in the Federal Register. Earlier research by the Department of Transportation revealed that accepting comments online dramatically increased the volume of responses. Consequently, as part of his fiscal year 2002 management agenda, the president called on all federal regulators to collectively foster online rule making. Anyone preferring to submit comments by postal mail may continue to do so.

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

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