Despite the financial crisis that has engulfed both Wall Street and Main Street, the demand for skilled accountants during tax season remains as strong as ever."Firms continue to hire skilled accountants and they continue to be in short supply," explained Jon Zion, president of eastern U.S. operations for Robert Half Finance & Accounting. "The unemployment rate for highly skilled finance and accounting professionals is 2.5 percent, while the overall unemployment rate is over 6 percent."

That's why a firm looking to hire additional help for tax season needs to begin early, according to Zion.

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