Accounting firms specialize in the accurate keeping of financial records, categorization of expenditures and revenue, financial activities and reporting of such for their clients. Some are more prestigious than others, and when determining the top firms, there are a few factors considered.
Reputation in accuracy and precision when serving high-stakes clients and the value of the company are the two most important determinants.
We've researched the biggest and best firms, with proven track records of success, an excellent reputation throughout the country and solid financial standing to bring you the top 20 accounting firms in the United States, as ranked by Vault's best, Accounting Today, Big 4 Accounting Firms and Statistica.com.
20. Eide Bailey LLP
Eide Bailey is a highly ranked accounting firm, ranking #21 in revenue and 20 in overall rankings. The company was established in 1917 in Fargo, North Dakota. The firm currently employs over 2,000 staff members and they recently celebrated the century mark in business.
The professionals who are employed with Eide Bailey have a diverse collection of talents with decades of industry experience and a variety of specialties to serve their clients with certified public accounting and business advisory services. Eide Bailey operates in over 150 countries throughout the world.
19. Cherry Bekaert
The Cherry Bekaert accounting firm offers to account and consulting services throughout the Southeastern United States. They are based in Richmond, Virginia. The company also operates offices in the metropolitan areas of Washington DC, Tampa Bay, Raleigh, NC, Orlando, Miami, Charlotte, and Atlanta.
They are rated as one of the top twenty accounting firms in the USA because of the quality and diversity of services they offer. Cherry Bekaert provides audit and attests services, merger and acquisition advisory, wealth management, litigation support, business valuations, internal audits, outsourcing consulting for fraud and forensics, risk management and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. The firm employs 1,130 staff members and 140 partners.
18. CBIZ MHM, LLC
CBIZ is the 19th top accounting firm in the United States. The firm can be found in most of the major metropolitan areas as well as in some suburbs throughout the United States.
The company offers excellent coverage along with divers services including financial services and benefits, insurance services and more. The firm is a partnership between CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC adn combined they are in the top 20 largest accounting service providers in teh nation offering outsourced business services inclusive of tax, accounting, and consulting services.
The firm assists in operations, human capital and transition-focused financial solutions for private equity firms and the companies within their portfolios.
17. EisnerAmper LLP
Eisner Amper LLP is based in New York City. The firm employs 1,400 staff members serving New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Cayman Islands as well. They offer affiliate locations which are tailored to meet the accounting needs of offshore investors.
EisnerAmper LLP was formed in August of 2010 as the result of a merger between Amper, Politziner and Mattia, LLP and Eisner LLP. This made them the 15th largest accounting firm by revenue, and they're among the top largest accounting networks in the globe for 2019.
16. Marcum LLP
Marcum LLP is based in New York but serves the greater area of the United States with offices in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pensylvania, and New Jersey.
The firm also offers international services with offices in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kon, and China. Marcum LLP is among the top 20 largest by annual revenue and it ranks 16th in overall status.
The company offers basic accounting services, audits and reviews, forensic accounting, litigation support, estate planning, and tax services, mergers and acquisitions and business management consulting, computer network security and more.
The managing partner is Jeffrey Weiner who was named to Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list. The firm employs 240 partners and 1,800 staff.
15. Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Dixon Hughes Goodman is among the largest Southern-based accounting firms. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm operates 32 offices throughout the southern and mid-Atlantic states with a staff of 235 partners and more than 2,000 workers.
The firm was founded in 2004 through a merger between Crisp Huges Evans LLP and Dixon Odom PLLC, which was followed by the 2011 merger with Goodman & Company, which dates back to 1932.
The staff offers decades of professional accounting and consultation experience and it's one of the most reputable accounting firms today with over $4 billion in annual revenues.
14. Plante Moran
Plante Moran is an accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management firm which has been in operation for nearly 100 years. The firm has its headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and has experienced a period of rapid growth within the past decade, adding several dozen partners and hundreds of staff.
The firm merged with EKS&H in 2018 and grew very quickly. It currently employs 3,500 staff and operates offices in Colorado, Illinois Michigan and in Ohio. Plante Moran offers a wide range of services both domestically and internationally with offices in Mexico, Japan, India, and China.
13. BKD, LLP
BKD LLP is a Missouri based accounting firm which has been in operation for nearly a century. They specialized in old fashioned values with a friendly smile and straight talk about the business at hand.
They're known for staying on top of each account and for knowing the numbers inside out. The firm employs 2,600 workers and is in operation in Indiana, Arkansas, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, and of course Missouri.
They are ranked as the 13th largest accounting firm in the US by annual revenue. They cover a variety of sectors including financial services, state, local and international tax, wealth management, risk management, information technology, employee benefits programs, business succession planning, construction and real estate, forensics, and dispute consulting fraud investigation, health care, manufacturing, distribution, and more.
12. CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)
CLA is the eighth largest Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm in the United States, and it ranks 12th in the list of top companies, according to Accounting Today.
The firm was formed in 2012 from a merger of LarsonAllen and Clifton Gunderson firms. As a result of the merger, dual headquarters were established in Minneapolis and in Milwaukee. This large firm employs over 5,500 staff members.
They offer a broad range of accounting services including tax, risk management, assurance, advisory, valuation, consulting services, and transaction support. They work with a range of industries including cooperatives, dealerships, agribusiness, employee benefit plans, health care, government entities, manufacturing and distribution, trucking and transportation, nonprofit and higher education.
11. Moss Adams LLP
Moss Adams LLP is an accounting firm that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The firm offers a wide range of services including accounting consulting, and wealth management services.
It is the 11th largest firm in the nation serving Washington, Oregon, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Kansas, Texas, and Colorado. They employ over 3,070 accounting professionals and operate out of over 30 offices.
Moss Adams serves not-for-profit, and private clients from a range of industries including communications and media, automotive and dealer services, construction, financial services, agribusiness, wine, beer and spirits, forest products, health care, life sciences, government services, hospitality, technology, restaurants, power and utilities, tribal and gaming and manufacturing and consumer products.
10. CohnReznick LLP
CohnReznick is based in New York. By annual revenues, it is the 12th largest accounting firm in teh nation, but 10th in ranking among the top 20.
The firm offers assurance, tax and advisory services to companies across a wide range of industries including commercial real estate, affordable housing, construction, financial services, private equity, consumer hospitality, renewable energy, manufacturing and distribution, cannabis, life sciences, technology, healthcare, government, medical, law firms, not-for-profit, and private clients.
The firm employs over 3,00 staff members and has 275 partners. This firm was named as one of the Best CPA Firms for Women by the Accounting Move Project.
9. Crowe LLP
Crowe LLP is a public accounting, consulting and technology firm which has been in operation since 1942. The firm employs 4,500 staff members and offers services through the United States, Canada, France, India, the UK, and Grand Cayman.
It is one of the most highly regarded firms in the US and abroad. They offer risk consulting audit, advisory, performance, and tax services to a wide variety of clients including private equity, not-for-profit, manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, food and agriculture, finance, education, construction state, and local government and more.
They are one of the ten largest accounting firms int eh the US by annual revenue.
8. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
This firm offers assurance, advisory and tax services for its clients. It is based in Chicago, Illinois and is one of the 15 largest CPA firms in the nation by annual revenues.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause employs 3,000 accounting professionals and has 300 partners who serve every state within America with over 50 office locations throughout the country. This firm also operates throughout South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
7. RSM US LLP
RSM US LLP is an accounting firm that is reputed as one of the leading providers of tax, consulting and audit services for middle-market companies. It operates in 85 cities throughout the United States and employs over 10,000 professional staff members. It is a member firm of RSM International which is a network of independent consulting and accounting firms, serving over 116 countries throughout the globe.
6. BDO USA LLP
BDO USA is a part of the BDO International Ltd. network, which is one of the largest consulting and accounting networks in teh world. BDO, as a separate entity with membership, operates over 60 offices employing 6,600 professionals with 576 partners.
BDO USA provides a full range of accounting services including assurance, transaction advisory, tax, investment banking, and corporate real estate. Along with its stellar reputation, the revenues for BDO operations in the USA were $1.47 billion.
The firm serves a wisse range of clients including gaming, consumer business financial services, hospitality, and leisure, healthcare, life sciences, government contracting, manufacturing adn distribution, education, nonprofit, natural resources, public sector, restaurants, real estate and construction, technology, and private equity.
5. Grant Thornton LLP
Grant Thornton LLP is a member of the Grant Thornton International Ltd firm, which is one of the largest independent organizations offering audit, tax, and advisory in the world. Grant Thornton's revenues are over $1,86 billion annually.
The firm operates out of 58 offices throughout the world and offers a complete range of services for both publicly and privately held companies. The firm was started in 1924 adn has grown and evolved from a single office to an international accounting firm with a global network of over 150 firms throughout the world.
4. KPMG LLP
KPMG is one of the largest accounting firms in the United States with over 100 offices in operation and 32,000 professional employees. They are a member of the Big $ Accounting. It's the fourth largest int eh the US when ranked by its annual revenue.
The services offered include audit, tax, and advisory. The impressive aspect of the KPMG firm is that they provide an industry-specific focus for each client for top-notch accounting services. They also operate through member firms in Japan to serve businesses in Japan who conduct business with the United States.
3. Ernst & Young LLP
Ernst & Young is an accounting firm that is also a member of the big 4. It is a member of a global organization in operation under the name Ernst & Young Global Limited. Ernst & Young serves clients in the United States with assurance, tax, advisory, and transaction services.
The firm provides industry specialized services for a range of industries including financial services, consumer products, private equity and insurance, banking and capital markets, real estate and construction, hospitality and leisure, life sciences, medical technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, mining and metals, media and entertainment, technology, automotive, oil and gas, clean tech, oil and gas, government and public sector, telecommunications, provider care, retail and wholesale, and entrepreneurial business support.
They're in the top three for revenue with a $14 billion haul for 2018.
Deloitte is a prominent accounting firm in the US which operates out of over 120 offices throughout the nations with more than 94,600 professional staff members. The firm focuses on key areas of business which include risk and financial advisory, consulting and tax, audit and assurance. They rank number one in the nation by their annual revenue.
The global network of Deloitte member firms employs 286,000 workers in over 150 countries throughout the world and brings in a collective revenue of $43.2 billion annually
1. PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
PWC is the largest accounting firm in the United States. This firm has earned the distinction of serving 86% of the Fortune Global 500 companies as well as over a hundred thousand private and entrepreneurial businesses in 2018.
Although the revenues of $41.3 billion were under that of Deloitte, PwC is ranked higher on the list because of its reputation in the US and throughout the world. It's based in New York but is a member of a firm that operates in 158 countries throughout with world with over 250,000 professional staff. The firm is second by revenue but first by reputation and breadth of service.
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