Tax Professionals - US
The total number of independent tax professionals in the US is about 668,382. Below, you will find details of how we arrived at this estimate.
METHODOLOGY AND DEEP DIVE
To determine the total number of independent tax professionals in the U.S., we relied on data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although the total number of independent tax professionals isn't stated directly on either the IRS and BLS database, the IRS states that the total number of professionals with current Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) as of April 2018 is 737,102. The number includes those with and without CPA credentials. To determine the number of those that are independent, we looked at statistics from the Bureau of Labour Statistics. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), there were about 68,720 professionals employed in the industry as of 2017 (the latest data available). The BLS states that its employment estimate does not include those that are self-employed and those whose occupations are shown separately by the BLS.
We assumed that tax professionals associated with a large firm would all be captured in the BLS estimate of those employed in the industry. This would mean that if we subtract the total number of those employed in the industry estimated by BLS (68,720) from the total number of professionals registered with the IRS (737,102), we would have that the total number of independent tax professionals is about 668,382 (737,102 - 68,720).
To wrap up, the total number of independent tax professionals in the U.S. is about 668,382.