The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation is accepting exam applications from accountants, tax preparers and students interested in earning the Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor and Accredited Tax Preparer credentials.

ACAT accreditation provides evidence to clients, prospective clients, employers, and the public that the accredited professional has met national standards and has a mastery of accounting and taxation procedures and practices.

The ABA exam is a one-day, seven-hour exam that tests the technical proficiency of candidates in financial accounting, financial reporting, financial statement preparation, taxation, business-consulting services, business law and ethics. Emphasis is on a practical approach to public accounting.

The ATP exam is for practitioners who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Tax Code and the preparation of individual, corporate and partnership tax returns. The three-hour examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that test proficiency in taxation and ethics.

Both exams can be taken between Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, 2009, at test sites across the U.S. Visit for more information.

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