THE Internet Accounting List/Forum for CPAs

(However, this page was retained for historical purposes.)


[Added 10-20-11]

A new CPAS-L group has been set up on Yahoo and all current and former members of Loyola’s CPAS-L Listserv list are invited to join by going to A free Yahoo account is required to join. If you don’t already have a Yahoo account, click here to register.


Participation in Yahoo groups does not require that you use a Yahoo email account to send and receive group messages. While the registration process automatically creates a Yahoo email account, most group participants use other email accounts.


[Added 10-13-11]

Loyola’s CPAS-L will discontinue after more than 14 years on Friday, October 21 at 5:00 PM EDT. Loyola University Maryland, the host of the CPAS-L Listserv list, informed me, Barry Rice, in August that it will cease support for the L-Soft LISTSERV® software this fall. As an emeritus Loyola faculty member, I immediately appealed the decision but was unable to get it reversed. However, this information page will continue, at least for a while.


As an alternative, CPAS-L subscribers are welcome to subscribe to the accounting educator’s forum AECM (Accounting Education using Computers and Multimedia), especially if you would like to continue to read Bob Jensen’s interesting posts. AECM is provided by the American Accounting Association. Also, there are many other discussion forums for CPAs available on the Web (Try Goggling “CPA discussion forum”).

Thank you for your interest in CPAS-L.



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DESCRIPTION: CPAS-L provides a forum for discussions of all aspects of the practice of accounting. It provides an unmoderated environment where issues, questions, comments, ideas, etc. related to accounting can be freely discussed. Members are welcome to take an active role by posting to CPAS-L or an inactive role by just monitoring the list. You qualify for a free subscription if you are either a CPA or a professional accountant in public accounting, private industry, government or education. Others will be denied access. If you are a student, please click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

Loyola University Maryland is pleased to provide this list/forum for CPAs in public practice, private industry and government. Loyola's Department of Accounting, which has an AACSB-accredited accounting program, serves as the host for this list, which was established in August 1997.

Accounting resources on the World Wide Web
- Computer hardware including peripherals
- Accounting and other software
- Information about conferences, workshops and seminars
- A discussion of issues facing the accounting profession
- A discussion of articles, books, Web sites, etc. which subscribers have found worthwhile
- "What's the best software to use for my [blank] application?"
- "My client needs help with [blank] and I have no experience with this type of situation.
Any suggestions?"
- "How can I use the Internet to grow my practice?"

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: The computer handles all subscription requests automatically. If you have more than one e-mail account, be sure to subscribe from the one from which you will post messages to CPAS-L. Otherwise, you will be unable to post to the list.

To subscribe via the Web, click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

To subscribe via email, send the following message to [Email address disabled 10-21-11]

(you can leave the subject line blank)
SUBSCRIBE CPAS-L  first_name  last_name, firm/company/organization
(Note: Above message cannot exceed 80 characters)

(Example: SUBSCRIBE CPAS-L Barry Melancon, AICPA)

After using either subscription request approach, you will receive email with the subject "Command confirmation request" followed by a number in parentheses. The message will explain that you have 48 hours to confirm your subscription request by replying with an "OK" message or clicking on a link. If you do not confirm within 48 hours, you will need to start over. This feature is designed to prevent someone from subscribing others to the list without their consent.


To unsubscribe from CPAS-L via the Web, click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

To unsubscribe from CPAS-L via email, send mail to [Email address disabled 10-21-11] and in the body of the message put only the command: UNSUBSCRIBE CPAS-L (Note that you don't need to give a subscription name or address.) If the above procedure does not work, it is probably because your address has changed since you subscribed and you are continuing to receive posts because your mail system is forwarding them. Such forwarding often happens without the person being aware of it. In such cases, you must mail the list owner and request that your subscription be manually removed. Another alternative is to try this.

HOW TO CHANGE SUBSCRIPTION SETTINGS: You can change your subscription type to digest or index mode. (Either mode is an excellent option if you plan to just "lurk".) You can also temporarily or permanently disable mail delivery. By permanently disabling deliver, you can effectively turn the listserv ("push" technology) into a bulletin board ("pull" technology). With this approach, you can use the Web to read the post archives without receiving posts via email. You can also use this approach to make posts.

In digest mode you will receive a maximum of one large post each day. You must first subscribe in "normal" mode where you receive each message as it is posted. You can then modify your subscription. As an alternative to digest mode, you can use index mode where you receive only one posting each day which contains an index of subject topics for all messages posted during that day. You can then retrieve the messages with subjects of interest to you from the archives.

To change subscription settings via the Web, click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

To change subscription settings via email, send to [Email address disabled 10-21-11] and in the body of the message putting only the command: SET  CPAS-L  DIGEST or SET CPAS-L  INDEX(Note that you don't need to give a subscription name or address.) If you are subscribed in digest mode, you should never use the "reply" command to respond to a post. To do so will cause the subject to show that you are replying to an "CPAS-L Digest" for a particular date and won't make any sense to anyone. It will also destroy the discussion thread. Instead of using reply, You should manually enter the subject to which you are responding prefaced by RE:.


To post a message via the Web, click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

To post a message via email, send to: [Email address disabled 10-21-11]

Only subscribers can post to the list. All messages sent to the list will be automatically forwarded to all subscribers who have not disabled delivery. Posts should be text only with no attachments since many subscribers cannot read all types of attachments. Your mail program configuration will determine how you should reply should you choose to do so. With most mail programs, if you reply to a question, observation, etc. using the reply command, your response will be automatically forwarded to all subscribers. If you wish to respond privately to the original sender, you must make sure that your mailer is sending it only to their address.


To review archived posts via the Web, click here. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

HOW TO GET HELP: This list/group uses LISTSERV® software and runs on a Windows NT server. For complete information about how to participate in a LISTSERV list, see L-Soft's LISTSERV General User's Guide. [Link disabled 10-21-11]

Questions or comments regarding this list should be addressed to its owner,
Barry Rice at

Another accounting list run by the same owner is AECM, Accounting Education using Computers and Multimedia