AICPA to be awarded CPA internet domain

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager

Internet domainAICPA is in final contract negotiations with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to obtain a .cpa internet domain.

While the main .com, .edu and .org domains still exist at the top level, ICANN has approved more than 1,200 specialized domains like Amazon (.aws), Google (.app), KPMG (.kpmg) and Major League Baseball (.mlb). These have been created to diversify internet navigation and support trusted organizations.

The .cpa domain will be available to CPAs worldwide to show their clients that they are a trustworthy source.

“By overseeing the .cpa domain in collaboration with other global CPA organizations, the AICPA can help promote CPAs’ visibility and protect their professional standing online,” said Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the president and CEO of the AICPA. “We also want the public to have confidence that someone using a .cpa domain address for email or a website is affiliated with the CPA profession.”

The internet is full of false information and unreliability, so this new domain will be exclusive to the CPA profession and prove that the bearer is an authentic source.

More details on registering a domain name will become available later this year. For additional information and the opportunity to sign up for notifications, visit domains.cpa.com.

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