As accounting firms increasingly rely on cloud-based technologies and services, they are also seeking tools that can help them optimize their workflow and streamline and automate client services.
The winners and finalists for the 13th annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards reflect this focus on workflow and automation, which allow firms and their small business clients to operate more efficiently and profitably. The awards were presented on June 1, 2016, by CPA Practice Advisor during a reception and ceremony at the California Accounting and Business Show & Conference in Los Angeles.
CPA Practice Advisor provides a variety of independent digital and print resources for accounting professionals, including practice resources, technology reviews, interactive tools and content that helps firms achieve greater productivity.
The 2016 Innovation Award winners are:
- Avalara, for TrustFile,
- Bill.com, for the new Bill.com iOS App,
- CPA.com and Confirmation.com, for the Rivio Clearinghouse,
- cPaperless, for SafeSend Returns,
- Sage Software, for Sage View,
- Sageworks, for its Electronic Tax Return Reader, and
- Thomson Reuters, for Onvio.
Six Innovation Award Finalists were also recognized by CPA Practice Advisor:
- Confirmation.com for its Legal Confirmation Services,
- Doc.It for the Doc.It AutoFiling Service,
- Karbon, for its Task Management system,
- Sage Software, for Sage Impact,
- Fujitsu, for the ScanSnap iX100 mobile scanner, and
- Xero, for Xero Tax Touch.
The Innovation Awards were first presented in 2004, and honor new or recently enhanced technologies that benefit tax and accounting professionals and their clients through improved workflow, increased accessibility, enhanced collaboration, or other means.
“We are constantly seeking new technologies that can benefit tax and accounting professionals, and their clients” said CPA Practice Advisor Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry, CPA. “As the profession continues to embrace new workflows and processes that optimize the potentials of these technologies, firms are improving their efficiency and focusing their practices on more profitable service offerings that, at the same time, are more beneficial to the small businesses that rely on them for advice and strategy.” Perry also manages a tax practice and is the author of more than 30 books, including Mint.com for Dummies, and Idiot’s Guide to Introductory Accounting.
In addition to the winners and finalists, more than 40 technology products and services were nominated for this year’s Innovation Awards:
Winners of the Innovation Awards are selected from nominated products by CPA Practice Advisor’s editorial board and awards committee, which include thought leaders and professionals from across the country. The digital resource and print publication is the leading independent source of practice management resources and technology information for tax and accounting professionals in public practice. www.CPAPracticeAdvisor.com.
The nomination period for the 2017 Innovation Awards will open in March 2017.