I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Missouri Society of CPAs' annual MAP conference. Like most regional MAP confabs, many attendees hailed from smaller-sized firms and thus struggled with small firm issues.

Yet one of the most passionate complaints I heard during my two days in America's heartland was that the American Institute of CPAs, in particular, seemed insensitive to the problems that affected for example, a single practitioner. And as for the Big Four, well, they weren't even on the same radar screen when it came to critical issues.

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