Member Categories


NSA Member Categories

NSA is the place for "main street practitioners," vendors and firms. NSA offers multiple membership categories to meet your needs and stage in your career. All member types have access to the same valuable benefits.

Active Membership

Active Members are required to meet continuing education requirements, completing a minimum of 72 credit hours in each three-year reporting cycle, with a minimum of 16 credit hours in any one-year. Active Members must be in public practice and meet one of the following requirements. 

  • Have a valid permit/license granted under state law for the public practice of accountancy, taxation or law
    - Public Accountant
    - Accounting Practitioner License
    - Tax Permit/License
    - Certified Public Accountant 
    - Attorney at Law
  • Have the Enrolled Agent designation
  • Have passed the IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer exam.
  • Possess a credential from the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT):  Accountancy (ABA),   
    Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA ), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP),  Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA)
  • Have an Associate, Baccalaureate or higher degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting. 
  • Have 3+ years experience in public accounting and/or taxation. Within 5 years of joining, the applicant must meet at least one of the criteria
    for active membership outlined above.

Dues: $225/year 

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This membership enables NSA members to sign up additional members from the same firm at a discounted rate. The first two NSA members from the same company pay full dues and each additional membership is discounted to $149/year. Firm members qualify for either Active (must meet one of the NSA Active membership requirements) or Associate membership.

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NSA memberships are not refundable.

Associate Membership

Associate members, who are not eligible to vote or hold office, do not need to meet continuing education requirements. If you have the following qualifications, you are eligible for Associate Membership.

  • Owner, partner, or employee of an accounting and/or tax firm & do not meet Active Member requirements.
  • Employed in government, a financial institution, private sector business or a non-profit entity. My primary responsibilities are accounting and/or taxation.

Dues: $225/year

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Join NSA as a Vendor Associate Member and Save on Great Marketing Opportunities!

  • Receive 10% off on advertising, sponsorships, and exhibits.
  • Discounts on NSA membership list rentals: Save 10 % off the nonmember rate for every list your company rents! Bonus online and social media marketing opportunities. 
  • Customized company profile in an online directory. 
  • Plus, all NSA member benefits for tax & accounting practitioners: You'll get Main Street Practitioner Magazine, NSA Technology Advisor magazine, MemberLink, and NSAlert e-newsletters, member discounts, access to the member-only section of NSA's website filled with valuable tax and accounting content, and much more! 
Dues: $225/year 

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