For the first time, Forbes and Statista, are awarding America’s Best Tax Firms and Best Accounting Firms.
Between 12th August 2019 and 13th September 2019, Statista, the independent market research institute and statistics platform, conducted broad surveys among tax and accounting professionals (e.g. Chartered Public Accountants (CPAs), Enrolled Agents, Tax Attorneys, Accountants, CFOs) in the United States, working in:
- tax / accounting firms (“peers”)
- companies (other than a tax / accounting firm, “clients”)1
The participants had to specify their professional activity first and choose whether they work in a tax / accounting firm or in a company on the clients’ side. In a second step participants were able to select the area of expertise for which they can share their experiences (tax, accounting or both).
Peers were asked to indicate up to 10 tax / accounting firms they would recommend, if their company were not able to take on a client for a certain assignment or question (regardless of the reason). Clients were asked to name up to 10 tax / accounting firms they would recommend based on their professional experience during the last three years.
The list of awarded companies is based on a survey with 1,800 tax and accounting professionals. Participants’ responses as well as the final selection of firms in each list were carefully reviewed. Recommendations of peers for their own firm were excluded. In addition, Statista carried out additional checks on recent regulatory violations.
In total, 202 companies were awarded as “America’s Best Tax Firms” and 115 companies were awarded as “America’s Best Accounting Firms”. The quality of tax firms or accounting firms that are not included in the lists is not disputed.
1 This group included professionals, who have had professional contact with a tax / accounting firm on behalf of their company during the last three years.
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