The Insight Research Group, which annually conducts the Accounting Firm Operations and Technology (AFOT) survey, has announced this year’s survey awards. Survey respondents identify the software used in their accounting firm that has the greatest impact on profitability, risk mitigation and productivity.The winners were selected from 87 different accounting software products, with an award given for each category of the size of firm it best serves.

The AFOT survey is led by Randy Johnston, CEO of Network Management Group, and Leslie Garrett, Ph.D., CEO of Insight Research Group.

“Every year of the AFOT survey provides a new insight on shifts in the profession,” Johnston said in a statement. “If a CPA firm is trying to understand what peers are using in their practices and wants to spot action items for improving their practices, the AFOT survey is a great place to look and learn. This year’s survey showed the most significant change of all survey years. Firms are questioning the status quo and want to buy new technology in all practice areas while actively looking for solutions. The award winners name the best of the best tools for CPAs in public practice.”

The AFOT Survey is produced independently and firms of all sizes across the United States participate.

The winners are as follows:

Size of firm
Profitability awards Winner Honorable mention
Solo practitioner QuickBooks Online Accountant QuickBooks Accountant Desktop
Drake Tax
1-10 full time employees (FTE) UltraTax CS (Thomson Reuters) QuickBooks Accountant Desktop
11-50 FTE CCH ProSystem fx Tax CCH ProSystem fxEngagement
51-100 FTE CCH ProSystem fx Tax CCH ProSystem fxEngagement
101 or more FTE CCH ProSystem fx Tax CCH Suite
CCH ProSystem fxEngagement XCM
Risk Mitigation Awards
Solo practitioner AccountantsWorld Payroll Relief QuickBooks Accountant Desktop
QuickBooks Online Accountant
1-10 FTE UltraTax CS (Thomson Reuters) Doc.It
11-50 FTE CCH ProSystem fxEngagement Doc.It
51-100 FTE Doc.It CCH ProSystem fxEngagement
CCH ProSystem fx Tax
GoFileRoom (Thomson Reuters)
Practice CS (Thomson Reuters)
101 or more FTE CCH ProSystem fxEngagement XCM
Productivity Awards
Solo Practitioner QuickBooks Online Accountant AccountantsWorld Payroll Relief
ATX/CCH Small Business
Drake Tax
1-10 FTE Doc.It QuickBooks Accountant Desktop
UltraTax CS (Thomson Reuters)
11-50 FTE XCM CCH ProSystem fx Tax
51-100 FTE XCM Doc.It
101 or more FTE CCH ProSystem fxEngagement XCM

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