INSIDE Public Accounting launches CPA firm survey
IPA's Annual Survey and Analysis of CPA Firms is now open for participation, and accounting firms across the U.S. are invited and encouraged to participate. The IPA survey is one of the longest running CPA firm benchmarking surveys in the nation. There is no cost associated with participation in the survey and the results, which will be compiled in Fall of 2009, provide an opportunity to gauge the overall strengths and trends of the profession.
"Many outside elements are affecting the profession today, and we truly believe this year that IPA will uncover unique opportunities, indentify difficult challenges, and see a shift in the overall business model of the profession," said Michael Platt, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting.
Firms that participate in the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the August 2009 issue of INSIDE Public Accounting, highlighting IPA's Top 100 firms, along with a 20-page, in-depth analysis of the top 100 firms in the nation. Participants will also receive a complimentary executive summary of the final national benchmarking report including highlights of fee growth, income growth, partner and staff compensation, merger activity, staff turnover, and much more.
The award-winning INSIDE Public Accounting National Benchmarking Report, compiled from the annual survey data, is an unparalleled tool to benchmark a firm's fiscal and management performance against the performance of hundreds of other accounting firms nationwide. The purpose of the IPA National Benchmarking Report is to assist firms in measuring their performance against their peers, to establish a benchmark against which to compare future statistics, and to help identify areas where firms may be able to take action to improve their individual performance.
Participation in the survey is open through June 8, 2009. This year's results will undoubtedly reveal some surprises that will be identified and included in the final analysis.
Firm size is not a criterion to participate. Firms with revenues ranging from $1 million to $11 billion are expected to participate, and firms ranging in size from small local firms to large nationals will be named to the IPA Best of the Best and the IPA All-Stars.
Firms may download the Survey Analysis Data Form  in order to participate. The deadline for inclusion is June 8, 2009.