Press Release: PICPA Helps Consumers Take Part in Financial Planning Week

PHILADELPHIA - The direction the economy is heading remains uncertain, causing many consumers to continue analyzing their financial habits. This week, October 3 - 9, is Financial Planning Week, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) has free resources for consumers to help them take control of their finances.

Ask a CPA - Consumers can view hundreds of questions answered by PICPA members or post a question of their own.

CPA Locator - Those considering hiring a CPA can find individual practitioners or CPA firm by looking through the CPA Locator. Consumers can search by county, type of service provided, industries served, and more.

CommonWealth Tips articles - The PICPA has a library of articles that give advice on financial issues such as retirement planning, saving for college, taxes, and identity theft.

CommonWealth Tips videos - PICPA members speak on financial topics, giving advice in two- minute video clips.

Request a CPA Speaker - The PICPA provides free CPA speakers to classrooms, community groups, workplace groups, and more. Each speaker delivers a program tailored to the needs of the audience.

Brochures - More than a dozen brochures can be downloaded and printed from PICPA's website. Topics include retirement, teaching your children about money, fraud, and starting a business.

Budgeting Basics - Specifically created to help consumers achieve budgeting success, this Web page features an interactive budgeting sheet, articles, calculators, and advice from the PICPA members.

Coming Soon!
Financial Calendars -For a second year, the PICPA is partnering with libraries across the state to deliver financial literacy resources to the public. In the weeks ahead, the PICPA will supply dozens of libraries with financial literacy calendars to be distributed to library patrons. The calendars will feature helpful tips and Web links.

CommonWealth Sense Newsletter - PICPA will also distribute a newsletter to libraries for their patrons. The first issue of this quarterly newsletter focuses on budgeting. The PICPA is also developing an online version of the newsletter.

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For more information on any of PICPA's consumer resources, please contact Kathleen Miller at (215)-972-6188 or kmiller@picpa.org, or Jacqueline Barnard at (267)-675-6255 or jbarnard@picpa.org.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member CPA in your area, visit our website at www.picpa.org and click on Find a CPA.

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