Accounting Sector Tops 5% Annual Growth Rate

Firms now recovered about 9 in 10 jobs lost in financial collapse.

By CPA Trendlines

The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries have recovered nearly 89 percent of the jobs lost in the economic crisis, according to CPA Trendlines sources.

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Here CPA Trendlines reports on:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry.
  • Average hourly wages for key segments.
  • Typical hours worked per week.
  • And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce.

The U.S. economy as a whole added 209,000 jobs in July. In addition to the growth of 47,000 jobs in professional and business services, increases were seen in the manufacturing, retail trade and construction sectors. The unemployment rate remained stable at 6.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent a year earlier. READ MORE →

New Surge in Wages, Hours, Hiring

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Tax, accounting and bookkeeping employment, through February 2014

The U.S. tax, accounting and bookkeeping industries are turning out to be one of the brightest spots in the nation’s economy, adding jobs faster than all but a handful of sectors, according to CPA Trendlines sources.

Here CPA Trendlines reports on:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, tax, payroll and CPA segments of the industry.
  • Average hourly wages for key segments.
  • Typical hours worked per week.
  • And trends concerning women in the accounting workforce. READ MORE →

The Real Election Day Winners? Accountants

What the election means for busy season:  Join the survey, get the answers.

by Rick Telberg 

The re-election of President Obama may sweep away a few uncertainties in tax and economic policies that have been stymieing business decision-making. But it also sets the stage for a very busy busy-season, complete with last-minute changes in code and forms.

And I’d be surprised if the partisan gridlock in Congress suddenly loosens. READ MORE →

Billing Rates Jump Sharply at CPA Firms

A sign of a full economic recovery for the profession?

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by Rick Telberg
Exclusive to CPA Trendlines

CPA firms are shaking off the effects of years of a fee-cutting death-spiral that halted growth, pinched profits and forced painful staff reductions.

Instead, firms are now pushing through some of the most aggressive price increases in years, led by audit services, followed by tax prep, bookkeeping and compilations. READ MORE →

Why 9% of Firms Flourish Even in Bad Times

A four-pronged approach to weathering any economic storm.

By Sandi Smith, CPA

According to an article published in Harvard Business Review, three scientists, Ranjay Gulati, Nitin Nohria, and Franz Wohlgezogen, conducted a study to discover the strategies that generated the most – and the least – profits in lean times.

More small-firm success tips at CPA Trendlines:   ‘There Is No Such Thing as a Time Problem’    15 Off-the-Hook Ideas for Accountants to Dream Big     3 Money Leaks that May Need Plugging in Your Business    Seven Tips to Keep the Clients You Have How to Attract Clients Like a Magnet Eleven Easy Ways to Deliver More Value to Clients • Five Things Accountants Take for Granted That Costs Them Revenue  • What’s in Your New Client Funnel? • What’s In Your Welcome Kit for New Prospects? • Five Fun and Easy Ways to Wow Your Clients • Six Ways to Give Yourself a Raise • Strategies to Stop Losing Business to Competitors  • Five Tips to Manage Your ‘Overwhelm’ Level • Easy Ideas for a Quick Business Boost • Four New Mega-Trend Marketing Strategies • How to Stop Leaving Money on the Table

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Accounting and Bookkeeping Jobs Hit New All-Time High for Month of August

Best August ever.

Accounting and bookkeeping services, via cpatrendlines.com

by Rick Telberg

The U.S. accounting and bookkeeping sector of the economy added 3,500 new jobs in August bringing the full-time workforce in the industry to 955,000, a new all-time record high for the month, according to preliminary new data obtained by CPA Trendlines.

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