The recent decision by the American Institute of CPAs and the Information Technology Alliance to end a two-year marriage wasn't a surprise. So the ITA will cease its role as an AICPA membership division and become now an independent organization again in May.

ITA was once a user group called Acute (Accountants Computer Users Technical Exchange), founded in 1966, which represented CPAs who used IBM desktop technology. When IBM fell on harder times in the early 1990s, Acute was left without its main sponsor, and much of its original purpose. It transformed into ITA in 1997, trying to bring CPAs and accounting software resellers and consultants together. It was always a struggle.

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