Five Outstanding 2020 Conferences for Accountants in the U.S.A.

  • APP2P Spring Conference and Expo
  • FINRA Annual Conference
  • AICPA Engage
  • NABA National Convention and Expo
  • NATP National Conference and Expo

Accountants can benefit greatly and in a number of ways by attending professional conferences. A significant number of confabs are held throughout any given year. In 2020, there are five conferences for accountants of note. Brief summaries of these conferences are presented to assist in identifying one or another that is best suited to a particular accountant.

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1. APP2P Spring Conference and Expo

The APP2P Spring Conference and Expo particularly is targeted for accountants that work in the realm of accounts payable. The APP2P Spring Conference and Expo brings together practitioners and strategists for what is an in-depth 4-day networking and learning experience for accountants. In addition to structured sessions, this conference offers great opportunities for more informal networking with colleagues, peers, and others. APP2P Spring Conference and Expo will be held at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida in May.

2. FINRA Annual Conference

The FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Annual Conference is another premier accountants’ conference held each year. The focus of this gathering is on regulatory compliance and related topics. FINRA Annual Conference brings together a broad spectrum of industry professionals and experts. Top-of-the-line breakout sessions include discussions of current trends in risk management, cybersecurity, and relevant technology. FINRA Annual Conference is held in Washington, D.C., in May at the Marriott Marquis.

3. AICPA Engage

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) hosts the AICPA Engage, a dynamic conference held annually for accountants. In 2020, AICPA Engage will focus on vital topics that include estate planning, personal financial planning, tax strategies for high-income individuals and families, as well as other topics. These are not cursory breakout sessions but rather in-depth presentations and discussions on these important topics, according to AICPA. AICPA Engage is held in June at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas.

4. NABA National Convention and Expo

Held in June at the JW Marriott and the Indianapolis Convention Center, the National National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) hosts the NABA National Convention and Expo, specifically geared for black accountants. Nonetheless, people of all ethnicities are welcome to attend. The convention features an array of well-regarded speakers and informative sessions addressing different aspects of the accounting profession.

5. NATP National Conference and Expo

The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) National Conference and Expo will be held in San Antonio in July. The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt. An array of industry-leading speakers and presenters are on the agency for the 2020 confab. The conference and expo is designed for accountants working in a number of different capacities. The Expo will include companies like Thomson Reuters, Liberty Tax, and Right Networks.

With this outstanding conferences coming down the pike, among others, a person interested in attending one or another of these gatherings needs to start planning soon. Indeed, early and lower-cost registration for some of these conferences opens a number of months before the opening date of the confab. In addition, some of these gatherings fill fast.