Three years after the spate of scandals that led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the accounting profession's reputation has bounced back in a big way, an American Institute of CPAs executive told Council members here.

According to new research commissioned by the AICPA, CPAs garnered high marks in a recent survey of business decision-makers, C-suite executives and investors aimed at tracking attitudes toward the profession since 2003, senior vice president of public affairs James O'Malley told AICPA Council members at the Spring meeting on Sunday.

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