In looking at our newswire coverage during the past several weeks, I noticed a trend. The urge to merge has hit CPA firms across the country. Whether it's about getting bigger to better compete, strengthening a niche, finding qualified staff, solving succession issues, expanding their geographic footprint, or a combination of any of the above factors, CPA firms of all sizes are joining forces.

We've reported on a half-dozen mergers since the start of December. The unions involve firms of varying sizes and geographies, but the bottom line is that all are aimed at better competing in the fast-changing environment in which firms are operating.

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