AICPA Announces It Will Control '.cpa' Domain Name

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jun 10, 2019
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The AICPA announced this week that it is currently in the process of being awarded the ".cpa" domain name from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which governs domain name control, and it is in the contract execution phase.

Domain names are the three-letter abbreviations at the end of a URL. In the early days of the internet, these domains were generally limited to the now-ubiquitous .com, .org, .gov, .net, .edu, and .mil. As time went on, however, more domains were added, such as the country-specific .us or .uk, or even city-specific domains, such as .nyc. As time passed, more than a thousand ever-more particular domains have been introduced such as .tv for television shows, .bike for bikes, .faith for religious organizations, and, of course, .cpa for certified public accountants. 

The AICPA made a bid for the name in 2014. The AICPA would be responsible for overseeing the use and distribution of .cpa to interested parties—and the required technical maintenance that comes with it. The new domain extension will be available to CPAs and their firms and will signal a clear connection to the profession. For example, Firm Name, LLC, could have a website address of www.firmname.cpa. Jane Smith, an employee at that firm, could have an email address of jsmith@firmname.cpa. The AICPA said that this could help authenticate legitimate CPA firms. 

“Today, there’s a lack of authentication and growing mistrust of online information,” said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA.com, the AICPA’s technology subsidiary. “This is why many leading companies and communities, such as Amazon, KPMG, and the banking industry are moving to restricted top-level domains. We’re looking forward to bringing this important new capability to the profession.”

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