The 5 Best Accounting Discussion Forums Online
Sometimes accountants need a little bit of community. The job requires the constant application of judicious thinking, adherence to complicated rules, and more knowledge than is sometimes available on one of the company’s smaller teams. For those occasions, online forums are a good place to go. But accountants aren’t typically the chattiest group of people. Finding them can be tough.
Look no further. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best five forums for accounting professionals looking to bounce ideas off of people or informally seek expertise. Forums are ranked on the frequency and quality of the posts.
Since being acquired by Argyle Executive Forum in 2016, the community at Proformative.com has established itself as the premier online destination for accounting and finance professionals to talk shop. The community is active and knowledgeable, and the forum is well-moderated. Head here for everything from philosophical questions (“What’s the best way for me to go into investment banking?”) to tactical advice.
2. Accountant Forums
Surprise: AccountantForums.com is a great place to talk about accounting on the internet. The site divides its conversation into two main categories, Accountancy and Taxes. The tone tends to keep fairly professional—even the “Off Topic Lounge” contains threads like “Partnership Tax Preparation”—but you’ll find a sizable community capable of fielding technical questions.
3. Reddit Accounting
“The front page of the internet” is good for more than just spreading memes. It also hosts r/Accounting, the best place to go if you want to engage in some very human conversation about the daily travails and dilemmas of accounting life. This subreddit is great because it ranges from professional topics to unabashed water-coolery: “Worst audit rooms you’ve sat in?” has some funny stories.
The community at AccountingWEB has a more unique format than your typical internet forum. Users are able to submit entire blog posts and watch the discussion between other CPAs unfold in the comments section. It’s a good way for freelance accountants—or anyone else looking to elevate their profile—to contribute thought leadership and see responses in real time.
5. Intuit ProConnect
In 2016, Intuit launched ProConnect to roll a number of its software products into one brand. The community it built under the ProConnect umbrella serves largely as a peer-to-peer help resource for Intuit products, but it has also expanded into an all-purpose forum that is a fantastic resource for highly technical SMB accounting questions. Experienced accountants might find these topics lower-level, but for someone managing the finances of their small business, Intuit’s forum might have just the answers they need.
Conspicuously absent from this list are the innumerable LinkedIn groups that feature lots of good content but little peer banter. LinkedIn groups are good places to find interesting thought leadership and trending topics, but as much for technical accounting discussion.
Two other accounting specific forums warrant mentioning: TaxProTalk, which is a great accountant-only resource that simply has less volume than some other forums, and AAT Discussion Forums, which would easily earn a spot on our list if it were focused on more than just UK accountancy.
The five sites listed above are great resources for accountants who want to air anything from technical questions to musings about the direction of their careers. They’re places for diverse accounting professionals to gather, blow off steam, and help one another out. If you have any to add, leave them in the comments below!