Two accountancy bodies agree to collaborate on members

Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants to cease to operate as an industry group

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants has agreed to regulate and support members of the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants who choose to join the CPA from next month.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants has agreed to regulate and support members of the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants who choose to join the CPA from next month.

 

Two accountancy bodies have agreed a collaboration that will see the number of representative organisations in the industry in Ireland fall to eight.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) has agreed to regulate and support members of the much smaller Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants (IIPA) who choose to join the CPA from next month. The IIPA will cease to operate as an industry group.

A spokeswoman for the CPA said it was the first rationalisation of Ireland’s accountancy profession in 50 years.

The CPA, which has more than 5,000 members and students, said the collaboration would see its numbers rise by about 5 per cent. However, it will significantly increase its representation in public practice in Ireland – by about 18 per cent.

“In global terms, the Irish accountancy profession is relatively small, but has a relatively large number of distinct industry bodies. Therefore collaboration and resource-sharing is a sensible pursuit,” said Deirdre Kiely, president of CPA Ireland.

Accountancy is a rapidly growing profession with the numbers joining jumping by almost 20 per cent last year. There are now more than 36,000 qualified accountants in the State.