CPA Practices


The 53,000 CPA practices in the US provide accounting, tax preparation, and auditing services to businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Tax preparation and tax planning work for organizations and individuals comprise about one-third of overall CPA client fees, but are typically over half of client fees for smaller firms. Tax work is about evenly split between individuals and organizations. About 39% of firms are single CPA practices with no employees. CPAs are licensed by their State Board of Accountancy.

Changing Tax Laws and Accounting Standards

Keeping up with changes in complex tax laws and accounting rules is a major challenge for CPA practices, particularly smaller ones.

Client Retention

When the economy improves, CPA firms focus on attracting new clients.