INSIDE Public Accounting Unveils 2018 Best of the Best Accounting Firms

Continuing the tradition of more than 25 years, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has unveiled the 2018 of the Best of the Best public accounting firms in the nation. This group, the highest performers within the profession, are ranked on more than 70 metrics. The 2018 Best of the Best firms produce superior financial results while planning for long-term, sustainable growth.

In 2018, more than 550 firms were eligible for this accolade by participating in IPA’s Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

Best of the Best firms represent the top 10% of all firms that participated in the 2018 IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms. IPA’s proprietary scoring formula looks at a variety of metrics related to growth, income, productivity, tools of governance, staff turnover, time management and other areas that speak to the framework of the firm to determine the Best of the Best.

The IPA Best of the Best firms are presented in three categories:

  • Best of the Best above $5 million in revenue (50 firms ranging from $5 million to more than $600 million)
  • Best of the Best under $5 million in revenue (10 firms ranging from $2 million to $5 million)
  • Best of the Best in Canada (five firms ranging from $7 million to $30 million)

Two-thirds of the Best of the Best firms appeared on the list in both 2016 and 2017, demonstrating an impressive commitment to excellence and sustainability. They represent what is possible in a public accounting firm and are the peer group that high-performing firms can benchmark themselves against.

“Most firms don’t aspire to be average. Best of the Best firms are the peer group to which progressive firms aspire,” says Michael Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of IPA. “In presenting the results of the IPA Best of the Best, we are proud to continue the tradition of expanding the imagination and the understanding of what is possible to achieve in running a public accounting firm.”

IPA also ranks and provides key data points annually for the 300 largest accounting firms in the nation. Visit the INSIDE Public Accounting website for details.

You may order copies of the IPA Best of the Best newsletter (Sept. 2018), the IPA 100, IPA 200 and IPA 300 firm (Aug. 2018) issues by contacting: (317) 733-1920; editor@plattgroupllc.com.