Accounting Influencers Roundtable


The Top AI Trends Every Accountant Needs to Know

Is artificial intelligence overhyped, or will it revolutionize the accounting profession? How can accountants prepare for the AI-driven future?

Rob Brown interviews Mark Wickersham, a veteran accountant and AI enthusiast, about the impending impact of artificial intelligence on the accounting profession. Wickersham predicts significant changes in the industry by 2030, including the automation of bookkeeping and tax return preparation. He highlights the rapid advancements in AI technology across various sectors and explains how these developments will inevitably transform accounting practices.

The discussion covers the current state of AI adoption in accounting firms, the potential of tools like ChatGPT, and the importance of embracing new technologies. Wickersham emphasizes the need for accountants to focus on creating value for clients beyond traditional compliance work and advocates for value-based pricing models. The conversation provides valuable insights into how accountants can prepare for and thrive in an AI-driven future.

Key Takeaways:

  • AI will significantly impact the accounting profession by 2030 
  • Bookkeeping and tax return preparation may become automated
  • Accountants need to embrace AI tools like ChatGPT 
  • Firms must find new ways to create value for clients 
  • Value-based pricing is crucial in the age of AI 


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