Accounting Reports & Rankings
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 1, 2013
Our annual list of top leaders from CPA firms of all sizes.
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.
August 28, 2013
Our annual list of the thought-leaders and change-makers who are shaping the profession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Note: In our chart of broker-dealer affiliations for the Rising Stars, the percentage for BAM is too low; in fact, 65% of the Rising Stars are affiliated with BAM. Also, Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors is headquartered in Pittsburgh, not South Park, Pa.
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.
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.
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.
Our annual report ranks the biggest accounting firms in the U.S., and in regions across the country.
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.
February 1, 2013
Our fourth annual selection of the best new and improved for accountants
February 5, 2013
Many accountants look on serving nonprofit organizations as a potentially lucrative niche but its 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.
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.
November 26, 2012
Our fifth annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.
November 6, 2012
With so many tax issues up in the air in Washington, this filing season looks set to be one of the most challenging ever. Our special report highlights the areas you need to watch out for, and offers some strategies you can help your clients apply now.
November 1, 2012
Today's Technology Pacesetters offer the building blocks of tomorrow's success for accounting resellers and tech consultants
October 9, 2012
Our inaugural Managing Partner Elite report highlights 10 accounting firm leaders who stand out from the crowd.
October 4, 2012
As payroll gets more automated and more mobile, it opens the door to other services.
September 1, 2012
This years Top 100 Most Influential People report includes profiles of the regulators, firm leaders, consultants, technology vendors and practitioners who are leading the profession.
August 1, 2012
Our 2012 Wealth Magnets are talking to their financial planning clients more than ever.
August 22, 2012
If you can access all your information, applications and clients while youre 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.
July 1, 2012
With more than a third of this year's top value-added resellers now carrying cloud accounting and/or ERP products, and most of the remaining firms adding to their existing product lines, it is clear that the VAR 100 are starting to see better times and, at the least, are interested in changing some of their business.
July 1, 2012
The people who make a living advising public accounting firms on how to grow and prosper agree on one thing: This is no time for complacency or traditional thinking.
June 1, 2012
Our special report on the long, slow, march to a paperless environment: What's slowing things down, and how to speed them up.
May 1, 2012
Our annual report features in-depth profiles of four of the most successful firms from our Top 100 Firms list, to see what makes them tick.
February 29, 2012
Our annual ranking of the largest firms in the country, including our expanded Regional Leaders lists of the largest local firms.
February 3, 2012
Every not-for-profit sector is different? which one is right for your firm?
January 3, 2012
Our annual roundup of best practices and strategies from cutting-edge tax firms, and the most critical issues facing tax preparers, from registration to late-breaking legislation.
November 29, 2011
Our fourth annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.
October 31, 2011
A sneak peak at the new regs, new laws and new technologies that will drive your firms filing season.
September 28, 2011
For many firms, payroll services are a profit center; for others, theyre a headache. We look at the latest developments in the field, from Congress and payroll providers, to help firms decide.
September 5, 2011
Our annual list of the thought leaders and change-makers who are shaping the future of the profession.
August 9, 2011
Our annual ranking of the top accounting resellers.
August 9, 2011
Accounting firms discover new benefits in SaaS.
June 27, 2011
Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planning firms by assets under management, including the formulas theyre following for success.
June 27, 2011
Knowing what your staff knows and knowing how to charge for it is becoming the key to the future for accounting firms. Plus, our panel of experts shares their ideas on the most important firm initiatives for the next decade.
June 7, 2011
Going paperless is more about processes and best practices than software packages.
April 27, 2011
We take a look under the hood to see what powers four of the fastest-growing firms in the country.
March 7, 2011
Our annual ranking of the largest firms in the country offers a wealth of data on how theyre weathering the tough economy, as well as our newly expanded Regional Leaders lists of the largest local firms.
February 8, 2011
Cutting through the red tape surrounding NFP organizations offers all kinds of rewards.
January 4, 2011
With 2011 shaping up to be one of the most uncertain and complex tax seasons in recent memory, we offer best practices and strategies from cutting-edge tax firms, and a round-up of the most critical issues facing tax preparers.
November 30, 2010
Our third annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.
November 30, 2010
Our roundtable of technology experts and tech-savvy CPAs explores the issues surrounding the cloud and the best ways accountants can take advantage of it.
November 9, 2010
This special report takes an in-depth look at the flood of legislative changes from 2010 that affect payroll reporting, and also convenes a roundtable of CPAs to highlight the perils, pitfalls, profits and best practices of providing payroll services to clients.
September 20, 2010
The CPA Exam is one of the great milestones of an accountants career, and we offer a comprehensive guide to it from the upcoming changes to the test, to the study and exam-taking strategies that recent candidates have used, to what firms can do to help their staff pass.
September 20, 2010
Paperless and Beyond: Even as more and more firms realize that paperless really means less paper, theyre discovering a wealth of other benefits in digital workflows and document management. This report looks at the past, present and future of the paperless revolution, as well as the best of the current tools and solutions, and takes an in-depth look at a CPA firm thats been a paperless pioneer, WithumSmith+Brown.
September 13, 2010
Find out who made this year's list
August 23, 2010
VAR 100: Still Standing. New this year to Accounting Today, this comprehensive feature ranks the top resellers of accounting software in terms of revenue. See which companies have forged a presence in the VAR marketplace and the product lines they carry. A must-read for any tech-centric CPA firm.
July 19, 2010
Steady hands for unsteady times: Facing volatile markets and uncertain regulation, planners focus on clients
June 21, 2010
Accounting Today debuts a new annual feature
May 24, 2010
As a follow-up to our industry-leading Top 100 Firms ranking, we present "Inside the Top 100 Firms: How They Got There."
March 15, 2010
Accounting Today presents its 2010 list of the Top 100 Firms.
December 14, 2009
The 2009 Best Accounting Firms to Work For rise above the troubled economy
This popular report lists the biggest movers and shakers in the accounting profession. Some names may be familiar. However this year there are a number of new inductees, and while some of the choices may even be considered controversial, we prefer to call them 'cutting edge'.
July 28, 2009
Accounting Today presents 'Inside the Top 100: Why the Best Are the Best.'
Accounting Today has published its latest annual ranking of the Top 100 accounting firms. The 2009 Top 100 Firms can be found bundled with the March 16 issue of Accounting Today and in an e-book on WebCPA
Only 60 accounting firms have been honored as the 2008 Best Firms to Work For by Accounting Today.
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Accounting software dealers are getting bigger and more sophisticated. Over the last three years, the revenue of the smallest of the Top 100 VARs, #100, has moved up $1 million. The "Killer VAR" honor isn't just about size, though. It's about quality and includes firms that are not the biggest, but they have all shown by their operations that they are among the best.
Accounting Today's 19th Annual ranking of the Top 100 Firms, including breakouts
by region, niche services and client categories.
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April 18, 2014
Jim Metzler, former AICPA vice president of small firm interests, and founder of Metzler Advisory Group, talks about how the CPA profession is changing.
April 14, 2014
Transition Advisors president Joel Sinkin talks about what firms should do after a merger to retain their clients and staff members.
April 2, 2014
Gale Crosley of Crosley + Company discusses the practice areas and international opportunities that firms often overlook in trying to grow.
March 31, 2014
Running a little late could have big repercussions, especially at a firm in the midst of busy season. From escaped zebras to must-see TV, employers told CareerBuilder some of the most memorable excuses they've heard from tardy employees.
March 19, 2014
The NAEAs collection of ridiculous things tax clients believe.
March 10, 2014
The firms with the highest 2013 revenue growth in our Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders list.
March 3, 2014
As companies gain more affordable access to new technology and platforms, they also seek to make smarter investments.
January 31, 2014
The Minnesota Society of CPAs recently conducted its annual survey about the most strange and unusual tax deductions proposed by clients.