The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation® (ACAT) was established in 1973 as a non-profit independent testing, accrediting and monitoring organization. The Council seeks to identify professionals in independent practice who specialize in providing financial, accounting and taxation services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses. Professionals receive accreditation through examination and maintain their accreditation through commitment to a significant program of continuing professional education and adherence to the Council's Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct.
Tax and accounting professionals can earn four voluntary credentials through the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation:
- Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA)
- Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP)
- Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA)
- Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA)