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Is Your Company Ready For Tax Changes?
Survey: Only 1 in 3 Businesses Very Prepared for Recent Tax Law; 1 in 5 Firms Hiring Full-Time Staff to Meet New Demands

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is now in effect, but its implementation and impact on businesses is just starting to unfold. A survey of CFOs by financial recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting shows only about one-third of companies (32 percent) are very ready for the new demands, while 68 percent are somewhat prepared or not at all ready for the changes.

Source: Robert Half

Key strategies businesses are using to stay on top of the legislation — which entails everything from a lower corporate tax rate to expensing certain capital investments — include conducting training (42 percent), upgrading financial systems (34 percent) and bringing in subject matter experts (33 percent). More than one in five CFOs (21 percent) said their companies are hiring full-time staff to prepare to meet the new requirements.

View an infographic showing the full results on preparedness for the new tax law.

CFOs were asked: "How prepared is your company to handle tax accounting reform changes?" Their responses:

Very prepared

32%

Somewhat prepared

56%

Not very prepared

9%

Not at all prepared

3%


100%

CFOs were also asked, "How is your company preparing to meet the demands of the new tax accounting reform changes?" Their responses*:

Conducting training

42%

Upgrading financial systems

34%

Bringing in subject matter experts

33%

Hiring full-time staff

21%

Other

15%

*Multiple responses permitted.

Businesses looking to hire professionals to help prepare for the tax changes may find it difficult. More than nine in 10 CFOs (91 percent) reported at least some challenges finding skilled professionals.   

"Companies need to move quickly to get the right people and teams in place, provide training, and upgrade systems to ensure a smooth transition to the new tax mandates," said Steve Saah, executive director of Robert Half Finance & Accounting. "Acting fast to make necessary hires takes on greater importance, given today's low unemployment rates and talent shortages."

Saah added, "Change not only gives businesses the opportunity to look under the hood to ensure they're in compliance, it also allows them to determine if there's room for improvement, additional savings or the ability to layer in staff to help."  

Other key takeaways from the Robert Half Finance & Accounting research:

  • The top four U.S. markets hiring full-time staff to ensure readiness for tax reform are the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, St. Louis and Cleveland.
  • The following four cities are the least prepared, according to CFOs in those areas: Minneapolis, Des Moines, Cleveland, and St. Louis.
  • The top industries planning to bring on full-time staff include finance, insurance and real estate (32 percent), and business services (28 percent).
  • Larger companies (1,000 employees or more) are slightly more prepared than smaller companies (20-249 employees).

About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half Finance & Accounting and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on responses from more than 2,000 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

About Robert Half Finance & Accounting 
Founded in 1948, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of Robert Half, is the world's first and largest specialized financial recruitment service. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide. For more information, visit roberthalf.com/finance. For finance and accounting management and career advice, visit our blog.

 

Robert Half (PRNewsFoto/Robert Half)

SOURCE Robert Half Finance & Accounting

For further information: Lisa Amstutz, (650) 234-6246, lisa.amstutz@roberthalf.com