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List of Accountancy Bodies and Organisations

Firms whose partners, directors, members or staff are members of the following organisations can apply to be featured on Accountants Within.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) is the largest professional accountancy body in Europe.

The ICAEW has over 134,000 members worldwide and the ICAEW was established by Royal Charter in 1880.

The ICAEW offers members world recognised qualifications.

High Street accountants to the public are often members of the ICAEW.

ICAEW Website

Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA)

The Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) is the largest and probably the fastest-growing global accountancy professional body with 400,000 students and over 140,000 members in 170 countries.

The ACCA offer word recognised accountancy qualifications.

High Street accountants to the public are often members of the ACCA.

ACCA Global Website

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is membership body that offers an internationally recognised professional qualification in management accountancy. CIMA has around 172,000 members and students in 165 countries worldwide.

CIMA focuses on accounting for business, and particularly management accounts, i.e. business forcasting and management of business.  

CIMA accountants often work in commerce within companies themselves. High street accountants to the public are sometimes also qualified with CIMA. Accountants offering manangement accountants and business forecast and planning accounts are sometimes also qualified with CIMA and in public practice.

CIMA Global Website

Association of International Accountants (AIA)

The Association of International Accountants (AIA) was founded in the UK in 1928.

AIA is as a professional accountancy body which aims to promoted ‘international accounting’ and create a global network of accountants in over 85 countries worldwide. 

AIA has a select membership demographic, aimed at director and senior managment level including high numbers of influential decision makers from some of the most important and most profitable firms around the world. 

Most high street accountants to the general public will not be members of AIA it is aimed more at accountants working within commerce.

AIA Worldwide Website

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public sector.  With a membership of approximately 14,000 It is less common of CIPFA members to be in practice as accountants aimed at members of the public. CIPFA members tend to work for Government or public departments or in firms that specialise in supplying accounting services to Government and local authority organisations.

CIPFA Website

European Accounting Association (EAA)

The European Accounting Association (EAA) aims to link together European accounting scholars and researchers, to provide a platform for the wider expansion of European accounting research

EAA was established in 1977 and has had a major impact on the accounting research community throughout Europe.

Most high street accountants are will not be members of the EAA or not promote the fact they are. EAA members tend to also be members of another recongised accounting body such as ICAEW or ACCA with whom they have gained their professional qualifications.

EAA Website

Institute of Financial Accountants

The Institute of Financial Accountants was established in 1916 and is the oldest body of non "chartered" accountants in the world.

It is the largest professional body of its type in the world.

It represents members and students in more than eighty countries around the world and provides a qualification and continuous professional development for those who want to become financial accountants.

Membership of the IFA is aimed at accountants working in commerce with SME's (Small Medium Enterprises). High street accountants to members of the public are not usually promoting themselves as IFA members.

IFA Website

Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

The Chartered Institute of Taxation was established in 1930 and received it's Royal Charter in 1994.

The CIOT have around 15,000 members who use the title "Chartered Tax Adviser". Membership is It is the largest professional body of its type in the world.

CIOT members tend predominately within high street acocuntany firms, large and small and within commerce. There are a number of CIOT members who operate as independent firms however and many of these offer accouinting and bookkeeping services as well as tax services.

If your main requirement from an "accountant" is tax advice then Chartered Tax Advisers have specialist qualifications and experience in the area of taxation and many are experienced a producing general accounts, rental statements and "non audit" accounts for Limited Companies.

Dedicated tax departments within high street accountants are often run by CIOT members.

CIOT Website