US accountants embrace the Web

‘Accountants now get more professional information from the internet than from any other source,’ said Charles Ter Bush, a tax manager at CCH, which commissioned the ‘Accountants on the Internet 2000’ report.

‘In contrast, the last time we conducted the survey in 1996, accountants saw the internet as a relatively experimental medium,’ Bush added.

Some 96% of US accountants have access to the web, according to the survey, while only 51% were connected in 1996.

It was found respondents were more likely to access tax-related material such as tax forms, tax advice and tax law than any other type of online professional material.

Meanwhile, there is little evidence of an internet slowdown. Almost half (47%) said they expected their use of the internet for accounting and tax research would increase in the next year.

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