As journalists, rather than CPAs, most of us try to avoid crunching numbers of any sort. We generally prefer to work with words, rather than spreadsheets. But at this time every year, we find ourselves sympathetic to the plight of those CPAs who will put in endless hours during the coming months as the April 15 tax season deadline draws near.

While many of you will contend with clients who will give you incomplete or incorrectly completed tax forms, or who will fail to provide you with documents they promised you a week ago, we will contend with our own seasonal headaches -- those that accompany our annual Top 100 Firms project. We, too, will face incomplete or inaccurate forms. Sometimes, you find that the numbers just don’t add up. We know how you feel.

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