AICPA Advancing Effort to Secure .CPA Domain on Behalf of Global Accounting Community

The AICPA is working to secure a new .cpa domain extension on the Internet, which would provide a globally recognized calling card for CPAs in the digital world.

The AICPA has a pending bid to administer the .cpa domain before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the Internet’s naming system. ICANN has been reviewing scores of applications for new domain extensions – known formally as generic Top-Level Domains, or gTLDs – that businesses, governments and community groups can operate.

“We live in a digital age and .cpa offers a way to instantly convey a CPA’s professional standing in online communications,” says AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon. “As global opportunities expand and more business is conducted virtually, that’s a tremendous benefit.”

As part of its efforts in this area, the AICPA recently reached an agreement with CPA Australia to distribute .cpa domain names to their community members, should the U.S. organization’s bid be successful. The two groups agreed to work together because of their common goal of promoting trust in CPAs worldwide.