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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Accounting Industry

Posted 6 Feb

In the dynamic landscape of technology, the accounting profession has undergone significant transformations over the years. At Empire Accountants, we believe we must recognise the imperative need to evolve with emerging technologies. From its paper-based origins to the current era of cloud-based software, the need for Accountants to constantly adapt to this change is now more important than ever.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is experiencing a remarkable 30% growth rate in adoption within the accounting sector. This rapid integration has ushered in a new era of change akin to the transition from paper to the cloud. In this blog, we’ll shed light on AI's transformative influence on the accounting industry in general and our team here at Empire.

What is AI?

Simply defined, it is the ability to perform tasks traditionally requiring human intelligence. AI is enhancing the service scope of the accounting profession. From decision-making to pattern recognition, AI is tailored to improve accuracy and efficiency in accounting processes.

What are some of the key benefits of AI in Accounting?

The integration of AI provides a multitude of benefits, including:

  •          Automation of routine workflow activities.
  •          Enhanced accuracy in financial reporting.
  •          Reduced processing times for more mundane and repetitive tasks.
  •          Improved data collection and analysis.
  •          Streamlined back-end operations.
  •          Elevated tax research and optimisation.

The way we see it, by embracing AI and technology, the repetitive, mundane and predictable tasks can be performed with the assistance of technology, allowing for our human skills to be focused on performing more subjective tasks to support our business clients. This includes services such as advisory meetings, complex tax advice and application of the law, developing budgets & profit plans and being available for our clients when they need our help most. Ultimately, it creates a better use of our time and team to help our clients where they need it most.

Who is using AI in Accounting?

Leading accounting products and platforms such as Sage, Epicor, Microsoft, Xero, and QuickBooks have seamlessly integrated AI capabilities. Automation of routine tasks, including data entry, invoice processing, and reconciliation, is already underway.

Having AI complete these types of tasks minimises the element of human error, and the more AI completes this, the more integrated and intelligent it becomes.

What are the downsides?

With any great advancements, there is always a downside or negative impacts. We see the biggest risk factors around data protection, team members who haven’t learned the foundational skills of Accounting as computers perform it for them which ultimately could lead to an overreliance on AI.

We are managing that here at Empire by taking the appropriate steps in integrating these technologies into our business to ensure the human skill development and protection of our client data is always our first priority.

Embracing AI at Empire Accountants

At Empire Accountants, we've embraced AI to automate workflow, data collection and processing and systemising reporting. This allows us to use our human skills in interpreting laws and regulations, technical application of complex accounting principles and having more capacity to provide one-on-one personal advice.

At Empire Accountants and Empire Bookkeeping, we advocate for streamlining our clients' business processes using AI, allowing them to concentrate on growing a sustainable business.

We believe the inevitable integration of AI in accounting is not a threat but an opportunity to redefine the profession positively. By embracing AI, we at Empire Accountants can deliver greater value and a more personalised service and support you in growing your Empire.  We welcome you to contact our team to learn more about how we can support you and your business.

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