11 Must-Attend Accounting Conferences [2022 Edition]

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Over 75% of accounting firms have fewer than five employees. The small size of most firms means limited opportunities for connecting with peers, networking, and earning continuing education credits. Accounting conferences are an excellent opportunity to fill this void and achieve these goals. 

Whether you’re looking to obtain new industry knowledge, further your accounting education, learn about a new field, or earn some CPE credits, you’ll find there are several 2022 conferences available to help you achieve your goals.

Here’s Jetpack’s list of the must-attend accounting conferences in the U.S. for 2022. Note that this list focuses mainly on in-person conferences since networking opportunities are a bit more challenging in virtual conferences.

American Accounting Association Annual Meeting

The American Accounting Association Meeting consists of three days of in-person meetings with over 200 concurrent sessions to choose from that include all areas of accounting, from bookkeeping to auditing to tax returns. Attendees can pick the sessions that make the most sense for their career goals. The large number of attendees makes this conference an ideal destination for networking and education.

Best for: Small business firm owners and employees

Location: San Diego, CA 

Dates: July 29, 2022 - August 3, 2022

Conference Website

Scaling New Heights

Scaling New Heights focuses on QuickBooks ProAdvisors, whether they are CPAs or bookkeepers. This conference focuses on new advances in Intuit software, managing businesses through the Intuit suite of products, and learning new ways to improve your efficiency when working in QuickBooks. Sessions also include presentations from third-party vendors whose software and products integrate with QuickBooks. With over 1,000 accountants and bookkeepers in attendance who are all devoted to the QuickBooks software, this large conference provides many opportunities for expanding your professional network. 

Best for: Owners of small- or medium-sized accounting or bookkeeping firms

Location: Orlando, FL

Dates: June 19, 2022 - June 22, 2022

Conference Website

QuickBooks Connect

Though QuickBooks Connect is a virtual event for the foreseeable future, it’s worth adding to our list. All content is currently available for free online and includes topics ranging from best bookkeeping practices to client management. There is a lot of content related to QuickBooks and other Intuit products, but the sessions are helpful for firms using non-Intuit software as well. Though the online event does not provide networking opportunities, the depth and breadth of topics are useful for a wide variety of firms. 

Best for: All accountants and bookkeepers (some sessions qualify for CPE credits as well)

Location: Virtual

Dates: Ongoing

Conference Website

Las Vegas Tax Forums & Expo 

One of the shorter conferences on our list, the Las Vegas Tax Forums & Expo, still packs a big punch. Along with justifying a trip to Vegas, this forum features two full days of tax-related material. Taxes might be a dry topic, however the speakers include many real-world examples to make the content engaging and approachable. Because the tax laws are constantly evolving, the content is fresh each year. 

Best for: Tax professionals

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Dates: October 19, 2022 - October 20, 2022

Conference Website

NASBA Annual Meeting

The NASBA Annual Meeting will celebrate its 115th meeting this year. As one of the longest-running accounting conferences, they know how to run a successful event. The focus of this conference is on accounting education, licensure, and CPA exams. Though this conference is best for the education directors at the big four or people involved in state accountancy boards, anyone who has a vested interest in the future of CPA licensure might benefit from attending.

Best for: Big 4 Accounting Education Departments or state accountancy board employees

Location: San Diego, CA 

Dates: October 30, 2022 - November 2, 2022

Conference Website

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AICPA Engage

This conference features seven different educational tracks, including Corporate Finance and Controllers, Advanced Accounting and Auditing, EDGE Career Development, and Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual. The separate tracks give you the opportunity to connect with other professionals in your chosen field. With more than four days of content included with the conference and continuing education credits available, this conference is a solid choice for staying abreast of industry developments. 

Best for: CPAs, whether working in-house or in public accounting

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Dates: June 6, 2022 - June 9, 2022

Conference Website

AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference

The Forensic and Valuation Services conference brings together accounting professionals in these specific fields. Topics include the issues and insights experienced by forensic and valuation accounting professionals. This conference focuses on networking.

Best for: Forensic and valuation accountants

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Dates: November 14, 2022 - November 16, 2022

Conference Website

AccountingWeb Live Summit

The AccountingWeb Live Summit is a forward-looking conference focused on the future of the accounting industry. Presenters include experts in their respective accounting fields along with accounting software developers. Over 30 tech companies will be in attendance to present their software solutions. Significant time is devoted to networking events within the conference. 

Best for: All accountants, especially those in public accounting

Location: San Diego, CA 

Dates: May 9, 2022 - May 12, 2022

Conference Website

Deloitte Tax Accounting Conference

Deloitte’s Tax Accounting Conference will be virtual again in 2022. The virtual event offers continuing education credits for tax professionals. Sessions are meant to be attended live to allow for questions and discussion among attendees. There are four separate tracks: Tax Account Essentials, Tax Accounting International Essentials, Risk Management and Technology, and Tax Account Complexities.

Best for: Tax accountants

Location: Virtual

Dates: May 16, 2022 - May 26, 2022

Conference Website

PICPA Accounting and Auditing Conference

The PICPA Accounting and Auditing Conference will be held via webcast in 2022. This conference focuses on topics relevant to corporate accountants and auditors. There are several concurrent sessions to choose from, and previous topics have included the use of technology in audits, internal controls, financial statement disclosures, SOX, and managing audit teams.

Best for: Corporate accountants and auditors

Location: Virtual

Dates: December 8, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Conference Website

Synergy2022

This year, Thomson Reuters Synergy User Conference provides an in-person or virtual option for their conference, although all attendees are encouraged to attend in person. Topics included advanced software techniques, advanced accounting, and current tax issues. The conference includes over 100 sessions led by professionals from various parts of the accounting industry.

Best for: Tax accountants

Location: Washington, DC

Dates: November 9, 2022 - November 12, 2022

Conference Website

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