TSCPA and AICPA's PCPS join forces again for National Map Survey

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PCPS (AICPA Private Companies Practice Section) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) are pleased to introduce the new and improved PCPS/TSCPA National MAP Survey for 2008. The Survey's rich history makes it the leading benchmarking survey for the CPA profession. Thus, the co-branding by both organizations is consistent with the dedication and commitment that drive both groups to assist and serve CPA practitioners.

This invaluable tool allows firms of all sizes, including small, medium and large, to compare management policies and financial results against other firms. It also provides strategic guidance to help firms build their practice.

Improvements to this year's survey

Participants in 2008 will enjoy the following improvements over prior years:

  • Shorter, more targeted survey – 40% fewer questions
  • FREE summary results report for ALL participants
  • Results produced months earlier

Survey Results, Tools, and Costs

Firms can access the 2008 PCPS/TSCPA National MAP Survey's comparison data in a variety of ways. The best option is to participate. This year, all participating firms will receive a free summary report that lines up the participant's responses with national averages.

And participating PCPS member firms and participating Texas firms will receive a more comprehensive and interactive report with data tailored to firm size and region. PCPS members and Texas firms will be granted exclusive access to the online reporting tool. The on-line tool enables participating firms to filter the data and create customized benchmarks, which display segmentations beyond those in the results reports.

PCPS member firms who do not respond to the 2008 Survey can access the national, regional, and firm size comprehensive results via the PCPS Firm Practice Center.

Non-PCPS firms can purchase a full results report for $300. Participants receive a $100 discount and AICPA members receive an additional $100 discount.

Type of Report, Based on Membership, and Related Cost:

PCPS or TX Participant Non-PCPS/TX Participant PCPS non-respondent Non-PCPS, non-respondent
AICPA Member Personal, Comprehensive Report (free) Free Summary or Personal for $100 National and Regional (free) National/Regional for $200
Not AICPA Member n/a Free Summary or Personal for $200 n/a National/Regional for $300

PCPS Membership

The best deal for the 2008 PCPS/TSCPA National MAP Survey and other notable benefits is PCPS membership. If you are not already a member, your firm can join for $35 per CPA (maximum $700). Firms can join prior to participating in the survey and indicate your membership in your response. And prospective members can join PCPS when purchasing results after September. (At the time of purchase, the firm will be charged the PCPS membership rate, based on the number of CPAs in the firm, and will be sent the appropriate results report as a PCPS benefit.)

Based on years of experience

The partnership between PCPS and TSCPA since 2002 unites the resources of both organizations. It is also driven by a focus on survey success at all levels. Once again for 2008, PCPS has contracted with IntelliSurvey, an experienced and technologically sound vendor, who shares the commitment to quality in collecting and analyzing data and disseminating survey results.

John Sharbaugh, TSCPA Executive Director, said The National MAP Survey “gives firms information to help get a feel for how their practice stacks up against other practices. Hopefully, they can use that information to make changes in their operations. The primary beneficiaries will be small and mid-size firms that don't have access to this type of information. There are other surveys out there, but generally they apply to large firms. What's most helpful, to small and mid-size practices, is to know what other firms in your own area are doing in terms of how they run their practices, what they're paying in starting salaries, and comparisons such as that."


The 2008 survey is being conducted throughout May and June with a scheduled close date of Friday, July 11th. Results will be available in September 2008.

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