How will CPAs function and operate going into the year 2000?
In today's ever-changing society, it stands to reason that the roles of certified public accountants are changing as well. The traditional. roles of accountants have been in the areas of income tax preparation, auditing, finance, and general accounting. However, technological advancements and competition are threatening these traditional roles, thus making accountants deviate into non-traditional roles such as electronic commerce, elder care, and financial services (e.g. selling securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds). CPA firms will be able to offer one-stop shopping for accounting and financial services. Based on these new roles, how will CPAs function and operate in the new millennium? This paper hypothesizes that CPAs will have to diversify. Four hundred fifty (450) CPAs from across the fifty (50) United States were sent a survey about CPA functions in the new millennium (Appendix A). One hundred fifty-six useable surveys were returned (34.67%). The results of the statistical analysis indicate that 1) CPAs somewhat agree that they will be able to keep up with a workload that is increasingly diversified, and 2) they are somewhat satisfied with the increasing possibilities of diversification. These results should be of interest to CPAs in the United States, as they perform strategic planning for their own firms.
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Zarzeski, Marilyn Taylor
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Business Administration
Business Administration -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Business Administration;Accountants -- United States;Accounting -- United States
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Kellagher, Deborah F., "How will CPAs function and operate going into the year 2000?" (2001). HIM 1990-2015. 241.