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AICPA launches community Web site for business valuation and forensic & litigation services.

The AICPA is committed to supporting its members who specialize in business valuation and forensic & litigation services (BV/FLS). Through member research and feedback, the AICPA learned that CPAs in BV/FLS believed that a sense of community was a top priority. "Our goal is to provide an online home for CPAs in the BV/FLS community--an area where they can find professional guidance and where they can network with members who share their interest and expertise," said Anthony Pugliese, AICPA vice-president for business reporting and member specialization. "Our intention is that this new online community be a center to support our members in better serving their clients or employers."

Members also said they were looking for more resources and tools in business valuation and forensic litigation services from the AICPA. "One of our primary goals has been to provide our members with the products and tools they need," said Sandra Johnigan, CPA, most recent past chair of the AICPA forensic & litigation services committee. "With our new community Web site, we are able to accomplish that efficiently by giving our members the ability to find what they need in one convenient place"

As with any Web site, freshness and relevance of content are critical, and the AICPA BV/FLS team has dedicated itself to making this happen. They also have created premium content that is reserved for members of the BV/FLS section and ABV credential holders. "This site is an important accomplishment for our community and is the result of a tremendous amount of collective effort," said Thomas Hilton, CPA/ABV, most recent past chair of the AICPA business valuation committee. "I'm excited because this milestone is only the first stage. New materials and guidance will be added regularly in order to keep the content up to date and vital for our members."

Interested in becoming a member of the BV/FLS membership section or an ABV credential holder? Learn about premium member benefits by clicking on the "Membership" tab of the Web site at


The community is a Web site that provides CPAs offering business valuation and forensic & litigation services a vast array of resources, tools and information about BV/FLS in one convenient location. To see the site go to

The mission of the BV/FLS community is to

* Raise awareness of business valuation and forensic & litigation support services.

* Serve as a comprehensive, top-of-mind resource for CPAs.

* Create a community of experts through the ABV credential.


Six tabs conveniently organize the information:

Home. This is the front door to the site. Use the search engine: Look for spotlights on important events or alerts on pertinent news. Select tabs for specific information.

Resources. Access the research tools, practice aids, specialized guidance, calculators and other reference materials you need from one central location.

Community. Check the calendar for important dates and milestones. Locate a committee member here. Search for an ABV credential holder or read the profile of another.

Events. Review the list of AICPA conferences as well as CPE and training courses by state. Scroll through the calendar of BV/FLS events to get yourself organized.

Products. Find products and tools you need. Well-recognized experts have created many of the BV and FLS tools and guidance materials.

Membership. Learn more about the benefits of joining the BV/FLS membership section by registering on the Web site.


* Business appraisal specialists, business valuation analysts and ABV credential holders.

* Forensic accounting specialists, including fraud examiners, litigation specialists, family law practitioners and economic damages specialists.

* CPAs interested in a niche practice in business valuation, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, family law, economic damages or litigation services.

* CPAs in business, industry or government who are looking for additional information, tools and resources in the BV or FLS areas.
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Title Annotation:Community
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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