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Over the past five years, the Accounting Services industry has grown, buoyed by economic growth, rising equity markets and a growing number of new businesses. Furthermore, to boost revenue, the industry's largest players have also increasingly acquired smaller companies and made strategic purchases to increase their service offerings to include consulting services. Over the next five years, the industry is expected to grow. The industry will benefit from stronger aggregate private investment, a growing number of US businesses and higher activity in financial markets, including increases in initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions activity...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$110bn
Annual Growth 12-17
5.2%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
550,668
Businesses
92,246

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Profit margins have improved slightly due to rising accounting fees, higher client volumes and increased investment in technology
  • Larger firms have benefited from offering an increasing number of services over the past five years
  • The industry will benefit from stronger business activity and an overall improving economy
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    In 2017, IBISWorld expects the industry's four largest players to account for 34.8% of revenue, indicating a moderate level of concentration. The Accounting Services industry in New York in particular is subject to a higher degree of market concentration. The “big four” account for a large share of industry revenue at the national level, and all four of these firms have national headquarters in New York City. Many of the large financial firms and other high-value clients are also located in New York City and the Big Four service many of these large clients. Due to the concentration of high-value clients in that region and the headquartering of the industry's largest players, concentration in New York is slightly higher than it is nationwide. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Accounting Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Accounting Services Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Having a good reputation
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and Initial public offerings in the Accounting Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Accounting Services Industry?

    Firms in this industry are certified to audit the accounting records of public and private organizations and to demonstrate compliance to generally accepted accounting practices. Certified public accountants (CPAs), included in this industry, provide a variety of accounting services, including auditing accounting records, designing accounting systems, preparing financial statements, developing budgets and providing advice on matters related to accounting.

    Industry Products
  • Financial auditing
  • Financial statement review
  • Other financial assurance services
  • General accounting
  • Tax planning and consulting
  • Individual tax preparation
  • Corporate tax preparation
  • Industry Activities
  • Auditing
  • Providing accounting advice to corporate clients
  • Providing accounting advice to individuals and small businesses
  • Accounts preparation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Corporate profit
  • Initial public offerings
  • Demand from finance and insurance
  • Number of businesses
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64

  • Current Performance
  • Demand drivers and countercyclical demand
  • Demand driver growth
  • New sources of income
  • Profit and business expansion
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Growth prospects
  • Service expansion
  • Consumer competition
  • New players amongst consolidation
  • Table: Accounting Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Accounting Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Business Analytics & Enterprise Software Publishing
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Furniture Stores
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Financial auditing
  • Other
  • Corporate tax preparation
  • Individual tax preparation
  • Tax planning and consulting
  • General accounting
  • Financial statement review
  • Other financial assurance services
  • Chart: Accounting Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Finance sector
  • Retail sector
  • Individuals
  • Other businesses
  • Utilities and mining sector
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Public sector
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Accounting Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Accounting Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Accounting Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Ernst & Young Global Limited, KPMG International,
  • Table: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - financial performance
  • Table: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Ernst & Young Global Limited - financial performance
  • Table: KPMG International - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Accounting Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Accounting Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of businesses (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Auditing
  • The act of reviewing a company's financial operations to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Initial Public Offering (Ipo)
  • The issuing of a company's common stock to the public for the first time.
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (Ifrs)
  • The standards, interpretation and framework for financial reporting adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board.
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    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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