The continuing business boom has generated a demand for accountants in every sphere that will make seasonal staffing during tax time more difficult than ever, say industry observers."If you're looking for tax people, they're not easy to get, and whoever you do get will be a lot more expensive," said Mike Hurley, vice president of tax for Tampa, Fla.-based Kforce Inc. "Either employees have a good deal where they're at, or they're burned out. Those that have good tax people are making sure they can hold on to them, while others are just getting out of the game. It's hard to find experienced tax people."

"Demand has not backed off - it's as strong as last year," said Jim Wong, co-president of Chicago-based staffing firm Garelli & Wong. "It's very much a candidate-driven market. There are opportunities for candidates that we just don't have."

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