November 3, 2011
The new accounting firm, CliftonLarsonAllen (sorry, Gunderson), will join the ranks of the top 10 CPA firms in the country effective Januay 1, presumably, although not necessarily, edging out BKD or Crowe Horwath from the elite 10. But the new firm will be more than a new name. Instead of more of the same, this top 10 firm will continue to focus on private companies and not-for-profits, singling it out from others in the top 10 that focus on public companies. For the other big firms, this is probably good news because who wants more competition? For the companies served by CliftonLarsonAllen, they get to say they're with a top 10 accounting firm, nice, but will they also pay top 10 rates? And if so, does that mean more business for the smaller firms? This could get interesting.

Gail Perry, CPA
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