Once viewed as an unwanted stepchild within the CPA profession, now specialists claim that payroll services offer a veritable lode of profitability for those willing to wade into this segment of client services.Armed with reliable encryption and the general acceptance of the Internet for easy data entry and access to reports, many practices are seizing the opportunity to add online payroll services.

And for those working on the front lines of the profession, payroll profitability may be the best-kept secret in the field of accounting, as roughly one-fifth of the firms on Accounting Today's Top 100 Firms roster over the past several years have seen growth in their respective payroll services.

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