ACAT Credentials

Earning Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) credentials enhances your reputation as a trusted accounting or tax professional.

ABA Accredited Business Accountant® For practitioners 
who specialize in the financial accounting, financial report
-ing, financial statement preparation, taxation, business 
consulting services, business law, and ethics for small to 
medium sized businesses and in financial services to 
individuals and family. 

Accredited Retirement Advisor® (ARA) For practitioners
who have expertise in preparing their clients for retirement;
the essentials of estate and trust planning and choosing
appropriate retirement plans.  

Accredited Tax Advisor® (ATA) The ATA credential
is for practitioners who can handle sophisticated tax
planning issues, including planning for owners of
closely held businesses, planning for the highly
compensated, choosing qualified retirement plans
and performing estate tax planning. Their expertise
covers tax returns for individuals, business entities, 
fiduciaries, trusts and estates, as well as tax plan-
ning, tax consulting and ethics.  

Accredited Tax Preparer® (ATP)
The ATP credential is for practitioners who have a
thorough knowledge of the existing tax code and
the preparation of individual tax returns. Their
expertise covers comprehensive 1040
issues (including supporting schedules,
self-employed returns, etc.) and ethics.