VAR 100

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: July 1, 2015

Our annual ranking of the leading resellers and implementers in the accounting space, all with the strategies they’re using to succeed in a more competitive world.

The Tax Office of Tomorrow

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: June 2, 2015

New technologies and new regulations are fast reshaping today’s tax practices; this special report looks at what tax professionals need to do to keep up – and to make the most of these changes in the future.

The Future-Ready Client

Date: May 27, 2015

In surveys on how the public regards various categories of service providers, accounting professionals typically land high on the trustworthy rankings. For that reason, clients generally are willing to discuss and seek advice from you on sensitive personal financial topics that go well beyond the scope of their immediate tax or investing concerns. Being able to help guide them with money issues surrounding marriage, retirement, long-term care and estate planning deepens your relationship with clients. The purpose of this eBook is to provide you with insights from technical experts at HD Vest Financial Services and Accounting Today that will broaden and deepen your understanding these topics with the ultimate aim of allowing you to make your clients ready for whatever faces them in the future.

Cloud 101

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: April 21, 2015

As the accounting profession reaches a tipping point in cloud adoption, this special report debunks some of the more pernicious myths surrounding this technology, and points the way for firms to make the most of it.

Inside the Top 100 Firms

Date: April 21, 2015

As a follow-up to our annual ranking of the Top 100 Firms, we go inside four of the most dynamic firms on the list to uncover their success strategies.

Payroll: Cash Machine?

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: March 23, 2015

When it’s automated by technology, streamlined by the cloud, and integrated into your practice, payroll can be a profit center. Pioneering firms and experts share how in this special report.

2015 Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: March 9, 2015

Our annual ranking of the largest firms across the country and in individual regions offers a host of benchmarking data, as well as strategies and advice from the most successful firms. Notes: On further clarification, KatzAbosh reported slightly lower revenue figures, and did not qualify for this year's Regional Leaders list.

Also, Crowe Horwath's revenue figure is marked incorrectly as an estimate; it is a hard figure, and also represents a $48.1 million decrease in revenue due to a divestiture.

Abdo, Eick & Meyers' personnel figures are different than those reported: its number of partners is 15, its number of professionals is 105, and its total number of employees is 125.

This is not Yeo & Yeo's first appearance in the Top 100; the firm was on the list previously from 2000-2005.

Finally, in the "Leaders in MAS" chart on page 5, McGladrey and Grant Thornton were inadvertently reversed; Grant Thornton should be at No. 5.

CAS 2.0

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: March 9, 2015

The cloud has revolutionized client accounting services, turning them into a serious profit center and a way to build deeper, more valuable relationships with your business clients. This report looks into the opportunities available, and how firms can make the most of them.

A Complex World: Working with Nonprofits

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: January 23, 2015

Serving the not-for-profit niche can be a great complement to your regular practice – but it’s not as easy as it seems. Our special report looks at the complex needs of this unique client base, and what it takes to serve them.

Tax Season Kickoff: Lighting the Fuse

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: January 2, 2015

Our annual guide to the issues, tips and strategies you’ll need to make it through to April 15.

The 2014 Best Firms to Work For

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: December 4, 2014

Our annual report on the best workplaces in accounting, including rankings by size categories, and in-depth profiles of the top firms.

Getting Into the Cloud

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: December 4, 2014

Firms that have successfully made their way into the cloud share their experience of the promise, the process and the pitfalls of the brave new world online.

Tax Season Preview: The Year of the ACA

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: November 4, 2014

Each tax season presents its own set of issues, and as our new special report makes clear, 2015 looks set to be dominated by the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, with tax preparers stuck squarely in the middle between lawmakers and taxpayers.

Beyond Payroll

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: September 26, 2014

Automation has made payroll a much more profitable service for accountants – and it’s leading more and more firms into a wider world of “adjacent” services, from HR to staffing to benefits administration.

The MP Elite

Date: September 26, 2014

Our annual list of outstanding firm leaders profiles 10 managing partners who are leading their organizations to new levels of success.

The Cloud and the New Accounting Firm

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: September 2, 2014

Pioneers and early adopters in the cloud report that the benefits are tremendous – but you need to be willing to change your firm to reap them.

The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: September 2, 2014

Our annual list of the thought leaders and change-makers who are reshaping the professional landscaping is one of our most-read – and controversial – reports of the year.

Wealth Magnets: Top Firms by AUM

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: August 13, 2014

Our annual report ranks CPA financial planners by assets under management – and also looks at some of the most important issues they’re facing, as well as the strategies they’re employing to overcome them.

Correction: ShankerValleau is listed twice; the correct entry is for $195 million in AUM.

Paperless: Beyond the Curve

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: July 30, 2014

More and more firms are embarking on the journey toward a “less-paper” office – and this in-depth report offers a roadmap to the strategies, tactics and policies they need to implement to make the most out of it.

The 2014 VAR 100

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: July 8, 2014

Our annual report ranks the biggest resellers of accounting software by revenue – and also looks into their strategies for success, and why the “VAR” moniker may soon be a thing of the past.

Building a Bridge to Greater Success: Making the Most of a Wealth Management Practice

Date: June 30, 2014

How do tax and accounting professionals expand their businesses with wealth management services? And how do they keep both their practices growing successfully? Learn how in this new eBook brought to you by Accounting Today and Cetera Financial Specialists.

Based on polls conducted by SourceMedia Research, and supplemented with additional studies sponsored by Cetera, this eBook shares best practices, videos and other resources that:

•          Provide concrete steps you can take to grow your business
•          Show you how to build stronger client relationships
•          Help you get your practice on the fast track to success 

For help in growing your business, download this new eBook today.

The Tax Office of Tomorrow

Date: May 28, 2014

Few traditional areas of accounting have been as radically changed by technology as the tax practice – and the changes are still coming. Our special report looks at the tools that will make the tax office of tomorrow completely different, and more profitable than ever.

Picking the Right Cloud for You

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: April 23, 2014

The cloud may well be the “next big thing” for accounting firms – but it will be a different big thing for each, depending on their size, client base, level of technological savvy and a host of other factors. Our special report looks at how different firms should take different approaches to it.

Inside the Top 100

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: April 23, 2014

We profile four of the most successful firms from our Top 100 Firms ranking to see what makes them tick.

Payroll as Profit Center

Date: March 24, 2014

Learn how new technologies and new approaches are turning an old service offering into a new source of profit and client satisfaction.

2014 Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders

Sponsor: Accounting Today
Date: March 7, 2014

Our annual ranking of the top firms in the country and of the leaders in various regions shares the secrets of success in public accounting.

Working With Nonprofits

Date: February 26, 2014

Nonprofit clients will need more help going forward. As the nonprofit sector begins to feel the effects of a slow recovery, not-for-profit organizations will need to rely on accounting firms to stay ahead of the curve.


Date: December 24, 2013

It's almost that time of year again, so we've put together our annual guide to the issues preparers will facing and the strategies that will get them through.


Date: November 26, 2013

Our annual ranking of the top workplaces in accounting includes data on what makes them so successful, and in-depth conversations with leaders at the top-ranking firms in all categories.


Date: October 30, 2013

The IRS may have pushed the start of tax season back for a bit, but it¹s still more or less just around the corner, and our special report highlights some of the most important issues facing tax preparers in 2014.

Growing Your Tax Practice

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: October 11, 2013

A successful tax practice can add significant revenue to your firm. But adding revenue usually means adding new clients. And that’s not only far from easy to accomplish, it also takes significant time—time that you probably should be spending managing your practice and performing billable work. Read this eBook, Growing Your Tax Practice, and see how you can boost your tax practice, your revenue, and your profitability, by partnering with a leader in Tax Preparation.This eBook provides you with a solid foundation for investigating all your options. After reading it, you’ll have a clearer understanding of the franchising process, and the opportunities that partnering with a leader in the field can provide.

Beyond Payroll

Date: September 24, 2013

Even as more and more firms are finding profit in offering payroll services, some are pioneering a whole set of practice areas that are natural extensions of payroll. From HR and benefits services to help with the Affordable Care Act, find out where the opportunities are ³beyond payroll.²

Prescription for Confusion (and Profit)

Date: August 28, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has many of your business clients confused and worried ­- which is why it¹s a great opportunity for accounting firms to demonstrate their value as trusted advisors.

The Cloud and the Changing Landscape of Accounting Software

Date: August 28, 2013

The cloud isn't just changing how you access accounting software -- it's changing the software itself, as the capabilities and unique aspects of the cloud lead software vendors to create very different tools. This report takes an in-depth look how accounting software is changing under the influence of the cloud -- and how accountants are changing along with it.

The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

Date: August 28, 2013

Our annual list of the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the profession.

Paperless: Next Steps

Date: July 30, 2013

Just scanning paper documents is only the beginning ­- going paperless opens up whole new areas of efficiency, as well as new ways to work and new service offerings.

VAR 100: Filling the Toolbox

Date: July 30, 2013

Our annual report on the top accounting software resellers in North America not only ranks them by revenue, but explores the new strategies, new products and new services they¹re employing to boost their bottom lines.

Note: In addition to the accounting/ERP products listed, Minneapolis-based InterDyn BMI also represents Intacct.

2013 Wealth Magnets: Top Firms by AUM

Date: June 21, 2013

Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planners by assets under management is an invaluable benchmark for this growing area, and includes their strategies for boosting their clients¹ returns ­ and building their own staffs.

It’s pay(roll)day

Date: May 22, 2013

They’re not just a loss-leader anymore, or something you only offer because clients demand it -- payroll services are now a profit center for more and more accounting firms.

Inside the Top 100

Date: April 19, 2013

This annual feature takes an in-depth look at five of the most dynamic firms on our 2013 list of the Top 100 Firms: McGladrey, Macias Gini & O'Connell, Grassi & Co., Mountjoy Chilton Medley, and Wiss & Co.

Wealth Management: Which Rich Niche?

Date: April 19, 2013

The rich are different from the very rich -- and the strategies and services that financial planners offer each are different as well. This report looks at the different approaches firms need to take to serving mass-affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients.

Seeing Your Way into the Cloud

Date: February 27, 2013

In this special report, pioneering firms and tech experts share their experiences and best practices in moving accounting practices to the cloud.

Nonprofit Niches

Sponsor: Accounting Practice Sales
Date: February 5, 2013

Many accountants look on serving nonprofit organizations as a potentially lucrative niche – but it’s actually a set of niches, with different varieties of nonprofits requiring different skill sets and experience. Our field guide identifies some of the more interesting sub-niches.

Tax Season Kickoff: 2013

Date: January 4, 2013

Our annual guide highlights the most important issues you need to be aware of going into the 2013 filing season, which is shaping up to be one of the most complicated ever.

Sales & Use Tax: Understanding The Issues

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
Date: September 25, 2012

Sales & Use Tax: Understanding The Issues

You Can’t Afford Not to Know!

Sales and Use Taxes aren’t a simple part of your practice. And with the move from brick-and-mortar to the internet and cloud, an already complex service that you offer your clients gets more difficult and convoluted every day.

This easy to understand eBook will lead you through the morass of an ever changing and ever more complex area of practice.

Navigating the new tax preparation landscape

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: September 14, 2012

Navigating the New Tax Preparation Landscape

Under current circumstances, nearly any individual can hang out a shingle that proclaims him or her a tax preparer. Unless someone winds up on the IRS’ Problem Preparer list, there’s really not any way for a potential client to tell if a preparer has the proper experience and training. Every one of these unqualified preparers is putting a smudge on your reputation.

But on December 31, 2013, this is all going to change. That’s the date that new IRS regulations on tax preparer certification go into effect. If you don’t already fall into one of three categories—CPA, Attorney or Enrolled Agent—and you’re not covered by a blanket exclusion such as working under the direct supervision of a CPA or other excluded person, you’re going to have to take and pass the Registered Tax Preparer Test.

This easy-to-understand eBook, “Navigating the New Tax Preparation Landscape,” explains what you can expect from the new “Registered Tax Return Preparer” (RTRP) title and what you need to do to prepare yourself to obtain it. And it points you to invaluable resources to help you ace the big test.

You will also learn how to capitalize on the new regulations with practical suggestions on ways to apply the certification to grow your client base, enhance the perception of your competence and take your practice to the next level.

The Top 100 Most Influential People

Date: August 31, 2012

One of our most eagerly anticipated (and hotly debated) lists, the Top 100 People names the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the accounting profession.

Wealth Magnets: The Top Firms by AUM

Date: July 30, 2012

Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planners, including their top strategy for dealing with a volatile market: keeping in close contact with their clients

Cloud Warriors

Date: July 30, 2012

If you can access all your information, applications and clients while you’re out of the office, what do you need an office for? Cloud-based technologies are helping these accountants get more clients, expand their businesses, and free themselves from their offices.

The VAR 100

Date: June 26, 2012

Our annual ranking of the top accounting resellers in North America

The Firm of the Future

Date: June 26, 2012

What will the accounting practice of tomorrow look like? And how can you prepare for it?

Navigating the Latest Complexities of Tax and Accounting

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
Date: November 16, 2011

Education is Key to Understanding Today’s Hottest Issues

The unstable economy, stringent regulations and the advent of new tax laws continue to deluge the tax and accounting profession as industry professionals work to stay atop of the latest developments in order to remain current and better serve their clients.

Navigating the complex tax and accounting landscape is no small feat, and there are undoubtedly a few hot button issues that have risen to the top of industry discussions.

Cultivating Possibilities: Change from Within to Grow Your Practice

Sponsor: Ran One
Date: September 26, 2011

It goes without saying that most accounting professionals want to grow their businesses. However, few would probably admit that the biggest obstacles to reaching their goals are self-imposed.

People are creatures of habit. And unfortunately, often fall into repetitive, self-limiting patterns of behavior and thought that become entrenched without them even fully realizing what's happening. As a result, the basis for large-scale problems, such as stagnant busines growth, has often been slowly creeping into daily life without anyone noticing the warning signals... until the situation reaches a crisis point.

In this eBook, you'll gain special access to:

  • Introduction to learning to look within to create growth
  • Masters Experiment—a novel approach to cultivating your possibilities
  • Interviews with successful Masters Program participants
  • Video Q&A with Bill Carlino, Editor-in-Chief, Accounting Today
  • Additional resources for growing your practice


Growing Your Accounting Practice With Franchising

Sponsor: Liberty Tax Service
Date: September 2, 2011

Going into a new business venture is a major life decision, as well as a major ongoing commitment. Yet, it's one that tugs at the soul of many CPAs and accountants who are tired of laboring for a large corporation or an owner who reaps a good chunk of the benefits they generate – and for others who are looking to accelerate growth of their existing accounting practice. Fortunately, tax preparation is a unique business with a lot of opportunity due to the underlying fact that every adult American, regardless of income or stature, is legally obligated to file an income tax return every year – that's a lot of potential customers for the taking.

Understanding and Meeting the Demands of a Complex Global Economy: International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) and More

Sponsor: Epicor
Date: June 1, 2011

The adoption of international accounting standards is not only an inevitability, it's a necessity. Multinational, multi-company, multi-currency, and multi-tax and compliance issues mandate that financial professionals all speak the same language. And, in reality, more than 100 countries in Europe, Asia and other key locations have already endorsed and are in the process of adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to accomplish just this objective. Thus, many multinational companies are already affected by the statutory and reporting requirements of their foreign subsidiaries. View this eBook to learn more.

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