By The Numbers


Largest Firms Grow

As a group, the 100 largest independent public accounting firms experienced revenue growth for the third straight year. In 1998, the firms (ranked by net revenue for the most recent fiscal year), generated $24.8 billion in net revenue, 20.7% more than in 1997. Ninety of the 100 firms had revenue growth: 58 of them grew by double-digit margins.

Source: Strafford Publications, Inc., Public Accounting Report, Atlanta.


What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.


What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.