CPA Firms:
Audit & Attest; Tax & Financial Planning; and Consulting

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Date Published: June 30, 2015
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The purpose of this research is to provide readers with an initial understanding of the Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) market (along with the related Enrolled Agents or EAs market) and their auditing, tax & financial planning, and consulting businesses. There are approximately 40,000 CPA firms and 460,000 CPAs. Less then half of CPAs are in private practice (more work in business & industry). And only a small minority of the CPAs in private practice work at the twenty largest CPA firms. The vast majority of CPAs in private practice work as sole practitioners and at other small firms. A parallel research topic published by Tiburon, called A Comprehensive Overview of the Product Usage, Business Models, & Best Practices of Independent Tax Professionals, provides extensive bottom up analysis of the specific actions of tax professionals. This research provides a top down view of the CPA firms market.

This research addresses the three historical phases of the the CPA firms industry, including: 
  • Auditing Business Emergence Phase
  • Tax Business Emergence Phase
  • Financial Planning & Investment Management Business Emergence Phase

    This research defines three CPA firm businesses, including:

    • Audit & Attest Business
    • Tax & Financial Planning Business
    • Consulting Business

    This research outlines the key service providers to CPA firms, including:

    • Accounting Technology Vendors
    • Tax & Financial Planning Technology Vendors
    • Independent Broker/Dealers, Custodians, & Clearing Brokers
    • Mutual Fund Companies & Other Investment Product Companies
    • Industry Trade Groups & Other Continuing Education Providers

And this research makes the following future predictions for the the CPA firms market, including: 

  • Rebound in Traditional CPA Businesses
  • Continued Bifurcation of the Market
  • Market Consolidation
  • Attrition & Recruiting Issues
  • Service Expansion

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