The automation of tax workflow, a slower adoption of Microsoft's new Vista operating system and the ongoing rivalry between veteran QuickBooks and Microsoft's relative newcomer Office Accounting are expected to be among the top technology trends affecting the accounting profession in 2007.In a recent online session hosted by the Association of Accounting Administration, noted technology consultant Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP, unveiled a checklist of technology trends that he predicts will dominate the CPA user community in the ensuing year.

"Two years ago, the outsource tax providers really hit in on the concept of tax workflow being fully automated," said Kepczyk, who also heads Phoenix-based consultancy InfoTech Partners North America Inc. "We think these outsource providers really built on the concept of tracking in meticulous detail all the items that have to go in the tax return."

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