Accountants are not known for being the most exciting bunch,
even if their work is essential, so getting their own TLD might be one of the
more exciting things to happen to the profession in years! The American
Institute of CPAs has announced they’re in the process of being awarded the
.cpa TLD and they’re currently in a contract execution phase with ICANN with
plans to launch later in 2019.
The AICPA will manage .cpa that they envisage will provide a
home for CPAs worldwide to connect with their clients with increased trust,
security, and verification.
“By overseeing the .cpa domain in collaboration with other
global CPA organisations, the AICPA can help promote CPAs’ visibility and protect
their professional standing online,” said Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the
president and CEO of the AICPA. “We also want the public to have confidence
that someone using a .cpa domain address for email or a website is affiliated
with the CPA profession.”
The new generic top-level domain (new gTLD) 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 email@example.com.
“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.”
More details on registering .cpa domain names will be available later this year. For additional information and the opportunity to sign up for notifications, see domains.cpa.com
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