Most CFOs File Tax Returns Early, Survey Shows

Robert Half Accountants are at the head of the line when it comes to filing personal income tax returns. In a recent survey, 67 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they submit their taxes in the first three months of the year. But not all respondents act quickly; one in four wait until April to file their returns.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees.

CFOs were asked, "When do you typically file your personal income taxes?"

Their responses:

14% January
32% February
21% March
17% Between April 1 and April 14
8% On April 15
6% After April 15 with an extension
2% No answer

"CFOs don't have the luxury of putting off financial reporting deadlines in business, and not surprisingly, most avoid procrastinating on their personal income taxes," said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "Many executives have learned from experience that proper documentation completed early can ensure a smooth tax season, both for personal and corporate filings."

McDonald added that while everyone wants to realize tax savings, planning is key. "Ensuring all necessary paperwork is in order throughout the year can help avoid a time crunch at the eleventh hour, whether you're filing your own taxes or relying on professional tax preparers."

Robert Half Management Resources has locations in major cities throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com.

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