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LAS VEGAS (June 6, 2023) – Today the AICPA and CPA.com marked the 100th episode of the AICPA Town Hall, an award-winning, biweekly news broadcast series examining the accounting profession’s most pressing issues. The series launched in April 2020 to help CPAs navigate the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and other pandemic-era relief programs on behalf of their clients. It quickly evolved to become the leading source of timely and critical updates, real-time analysis and strategies for accounting and finance professionals, attracting nearly 10,000 live and on-demand viewers every other week.
“We launched the Town Hall series at a defining moment for firms and businesses when the world shut down at the start of the pandemic. Like a breaking news broadcast, we provided the best available information along with timely recommendations to help CPAs rise to moment and deliver on their Trusted Advisor role,” said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA.com, the business and technology subsidiary of the AICPA. “Over time we broadened the Town Hall beyond just interpreting these regulatory updates to helping CPAs advance their firm and company capabilities and strategies.”
The series regularly includes updates on key legislation, with government experts providing analysis and practical guidance on potential impact to accounting professionals and small and medium-size businesses. Town Hall contributors have included U.S. Congress members, IRS executives, former Treasury officials, regulators, Fortune 500 company CEOs, nationally recognized economists, CPA firm practitioners representing the largest to the smallest firms, finance leaders, futurists, technologists and other thought leaders.
Since inception, Town Hall attendance per episode has tripled, resulting in more than 800,000 total views live and on-demand via archived webcast or podcast. The series was also recognized by Accounting Today as a “Top New Educational Product” in 2022.
Erin Kehrer, CPA, tax manager at Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, PC, CPAs in Columbia, Missouri, has been attending the Town Hall from the beginning. “The information coming across was incredible and very timely. With the Town Hall, it’s new. It’s updated. It’s good information,” said Kehrer. “I don't know why you wouldn't dedicate an hour of your day every other week to get this information. It puts our firm in a much better place.”
The series airs biweekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET, with additional episodes added for key legislative or profession updates. The interactive format allows attendees to get answers to their most pressing questions from subject matter experts—more than 50,000 questions have been submitted through the first 100 Town Hall broadcasts collectively.
“The Town Halls have provided an amazing opportunity for people from all aspects of the profession to come together on a regular basis to address not only the latest technical topics, but also to discuss where the profession is heading,” said Lisa Simpson, CPA, CGMA, vice president-Firm Services, AICPA. “The input from our Town Hall community has been invaluable.”
Each Town Hall episode is eligible for one CPE credit for live attendees and is free to AICPA members ($39 for non-members). The Town Hall community can also access archived recordings and resources by logging into the Town Hall portal at cpa.com/town-hall, or listen on the AICPA Town Hall podcast (no CPE eligibility).
The 100th episode was aired live from AICPA & CIMA ENGAGE, with thousands more tuning in from across the country. During the broadcast, in celebration of the milestone event, Asgeirsson announced that all AICPA members can gift one colleague with a year of free access to the Town Halls.
To learn more about the Town Hall series, visit cpa.com/town-hall. For other innovative tools and ideas that can help firms stay abreast of the latest developments in the accounting profession and deliver even more value to clients, please visit CPA.com.
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