About NSAC

The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is a professional society, formed in 1936, comprised of approximately 1,500 individual members actively involved with the financial management and planning of cooperative business. NSAC members are either employed by a cooperative or provide professional services for cooperatives.

The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) serves individual members and their respective organizations. Employees of cooperatives such as CFOs, controllers, tax directors/managers, accountants, bookkeepers, office managers, internal auditors, in-house legal staff, and other financial professionals are included as members. Professional service providers advising cooperatives such as CPAs, attorneys, banking professionals, government employees advising cooperatives and cooperative association employees are amongst members as well.

The organization provides professionals with education, resources, and connections needed to stay actively involved and on the cutting edge when it comes to the financial management and planning of cooperative business.

In 1935, auditors for the Northern States Cooperative League began holding regular meetings and discussing the need for collaboration and a more formalized organization. Out of these meetings, the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives was formed:

1943 – Formally structures as an independent, nonprofit corporation
1948 – Begins publishing The Cooperative Accountant
1952 – Publishes first cooperative accounting report
1980 – Hires first professional manager
1998 – Organizes nationwide Electric Cooperative Chapter
2001 – Begins actively participating in FASB projects that impact co-ops
2008 – Becomes industry leader in international accounting standards development
2011 – Celebrates 75th Anniversary
2015 – Partners with the NRECA to bring the profession the premier tax, finance and accounting conference for cooperatives
2020 – Continues efforts to bring more virtual opportunities to professionals globally

Upcoming Events

2024 Tax, Finance & Accounting Conference for Cooperatives (TFACC)
July 28 - 31, 2024

2024 Tax, Finance & Accounting Conference for Cooperatives (TFACC)

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Tax, Finance & Accounting Conference for Cooperatives (TFACC) taking place in Orlando, Florida from July 28 to July 31, 2024. This is the must-attend event specially designed for professionals involved in the financial management and planning of cooperatives. TFACC stands out as the only conference that provides tailored education, resources, and networking opportunities in this field. Anticipate an ...

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NSAC Co-op 101
March 7, 2024

NSAC Co-op 101

Are you new to the co-op industry or want a better understanding of concepts like patronage dividends, Section 199A(g), and hedge accounting? Co-op 101 is the perfect opportunity for professionals like you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cooperative landscape. In this engaging course, you'll embark on a journey to define cooperatives and delve into the fundamental principles that underpin their unique structure. Join us for this ...

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2024 Agricultural Economic Outlook
March 13, 2024

2024 Agricultural Economic Outlook

Want to know more about current and expected market conditions affecting agricultural co-ops? In this 60-minute zoom, Tanner Ehmke, Lead Economist with CoBank, will discuss the issues impacting the macroeconomy, agricultural commodity markets, and the agricultural economy with particular focus on inflation. Get an outlook on the agricultural commodity markets, including corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, cotton, hay, cattle, hogs, and dairy, and the ...

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