As the impact of stricter regulations and slower economic growth continues to be felt, business research group IBISWorld said that the accounting profession (and the related fields of tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services) will continue to experience consolidation.

In a report released last week, IBISWorld said that the profession is now in a new phase of its development, with significant changes occurring due to the increased and tightened regulations governing its operations, structure and activities. Among other major developments, government regulators and Congress have forced accounting firms to separate themselves from their consulting arms, with many of those functions now considered part of the computer services and information technology industries.

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