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Accounting Reports & Rankings

Accountants Media Group's periodic editorial supplements cover the latest issues and trends, while our annual rankings recognize the top firms, people and products in the tax & accounting community.

Accounting Today, in collaboration with industry-leading companies, offers these publications in a user-friendly electronic format for 24/7 access, FREE to our registered users.

Payroll as Profit Center

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

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

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.

2014 Tax Season Kickoff

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.

The 2013 Best Firms to Work For

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.

2014 Tax Season Preview

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.

The 2013 MP Elite

October 1, 2013

Our annual list of top leaders from CPA firms of all sizes.

Beyond Payroll

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.

The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

August 28, 2013

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

Prescription for Confusion (and Profit)

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

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.

VAR 100: Filling the Toolbox

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.

Paperless: Next Steps

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.

2013 Wealth Magnets: Top Firms by AUM

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.

It's pay(roll)day

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

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?

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.

2013 Top 100 Firms & Regional Leaders

Our annual report ranks the biggest accounting firms in the U.S., and in regions across the country.

Seeing Your Way into the Cloud

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.

The 2013 Top New Products

February 1, 2013

Our fourth annual selection of the best new and improved for accountants

Nonprofit Niches

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

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.

2012 Top 100 Best Firms to Work For

November 26, 2012

Our fifth annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.

Tax Season Preview 2013: Preparing for Uncertainty

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.

The 2012 Technology Pacesetters: Defining the Future

November 1, 2012

Today's Technology Pacesetters offer the building blocks of tomorrow's success for accounting resellers and tech consultants

The MP Elite 2012

October 9, 2012

Our inaugural Managing Partner Elite report highlights 10 accounting firm leaders who stand out from the crowd.

The Future of Payroll

October 4, 2012

As payroll gets more automated and more mobile, it opens the door to other services.

Top 100 Most Influential People of 2012

September 1, 2012

This year’s Top 100 Most Influential People report includes profiles of the regulators, firm leaders, consultants, technology vendors and practitioners who are leading the profession.

Top Firms by AUM: Reaching Out

August 1, 2012

Our 2012 Wealth Magnets are talking to their financial planning clients more than ever.

Cloud Warriors

August 22, 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.

VAR 100

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.

The Firm of the Future: How Will You Fill These Seats?

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.

The Less-Paper Office

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.

Inside the Top 100

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.

2012 Top 100 Firms

February 29, 2012

Our annual ranking of the largest firms in the country, including our expanded Regional Leaders lists of the largest local firms.

Nonprofit Niches

February 3, 2012

Every not-for-profit sector is different? which one is right for your firm?

Tax Season Kickoff: 2012

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.

2011 Top 100 Best Firms to Work For

November 29, 2011

Our fourth annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.

Tax Season Preview 2012

October 31, 2011

A sneak peak at the new regs, new laws and new technologies that will drive your firm’s filing season.

Special Report: The Lure of Payroll

September 28, 2011

For many firms, payroll services are a profit center; for others, they’re a headache. We look at the latest developments in the field, from Congress and payroll providers, to help firms decide.

The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2011

September 5, 2011

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

VAR 100: Signs of Life

August 9, 2011

Our annual ranking of the top accounting resellers.

The Cloud Pays off

August 9, 2011

Accounting firms discover new benefits in SaaS.

Wealth Magnets: Top Firms by AUM

June 27, 2011

Our annual ranking of the top CPA financial planning firms by assets under management, including the formulas they’re following for success.

Firm of the Future

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.

Paperless: A Work in Progress

June 7, 2011

Going paperless is more about processes and best practices than software packages.

Inside the Top 100

April 27, 2011

We take a look under the hood to see what powers four of the fastest-growing firms in the country.

2011 Top 100 Firms

March 7, 2011

Our annual ranking of the largest firms in the country offers a wealth of data on how they’re weathering the tough economy, as well as our newly expanded Regional Leaders lists of the largest local firms.

Untangling Nonprofits

February 8, 2011

Cutting through the red tape surrounding NFP organizations offers all kinds of rewards.

Tax Season Kickoff

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.

Top 100 Best Firms to Work For

November 30, 2010

Our third annual ranking of the 100 most employee-friendly accounting firms in the U.S.

Special Report: Cloud Computing

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.

The Changing Face Of Payroll

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.

CPA Review 2010

September 20, 2010

The CPA Exam is one of the great milestones of an accountant’s 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.

Paperless Special Report 2010

September 20, 2010

Paperless and Beyond: Even as more and more firms realize that “paperless” really means “less paper,” they’re 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 that’s been a paperless pioneer, WithumSmith+Brown.

2010 Accounting Today Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

September 13, 2010

Find out who made this year's list

Top 100 VARs

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.

CPA Wealth Provider Wealth Magnets: The 4th Annual Ranking of CPAs by AUM

July 19, 2010

Steady hands for unsteady times: Facing volatile markets and uncertain regulation, planners focus on clients

The 2010 Top New Products

June 21, 2010

Accounting Today debuts a new annual feature

Inside The Top 100: How They Got There

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."

Accounting Today Top 100 Firms of 2010

March 15, 2010

Accounting Today presents its 2010 list of the Top 100 Firms.

Their Finest Hour

December 14, 2009

The 2009 Best Accounting Firms to Work For rise above the troubled economy

AMG Top 100 People digital edition

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'.

Inside the Top 100: Why the Best Are The Best

July 28, 2009

Accounting Today presents 'Inside the Top 100: Why the Best Are the Best.'

Accounting Today Releases Top 100 Firms Ranking

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

The Best Accounting Firms to Work For - 2008

Only 60 accounting firms have been honored as the 2008 Best Firms to Work For by Accounting Today.

Log in to get Accounting Today's exclusive rankings, including in-depth profiles of some of the most innovative of the best firms, as well as statistical data on the most successful best practices in recruitment and retention.

Killer VARs: Building on Success

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.

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Trends in the Accounting Profession

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.

Lessons in M&A: Client and Staff Retention

April 14, 2014

Transition Advisors president Joel Sinkin talks about what firms should do after a merger to retain their clients and staff members.

Are You Missing These Growth Opportunities?

April 2, 2014

Gale Crosley of Crosley + Company discusses the practice areas and international opportunities that firms often overlook in trying to grow.

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Dumbest Employee Excuses for Being Late

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.

Common Taxpayer Misconceptions

March 19, 2014

The NAEA’s collection of ridiculous things tax clients believe.

The 10 Fastest-Growing Firms in the U.S.

March 10, 2014

The firms with the highest 2013 revenue growth in our Top 100 Firms/Regional Leaders list.

Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014

March 3, 2014

As companies gain more affordable access to new technology and platforms, they also seek to make smarter investments.

Strangest Tax Deductions

January 31, 2014

The Minnesota Society of CPAs recently conducted its annual survey about the most strange and unusual tax deductions proposed by clients.

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