n Professional Accountant - The roots of accounting - the second oldest profession in the world : roots of accounting

Volume 2012, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1680-7537


The economy and trade environment around us is constantly changing. As a result, accounting and financial reporting standards have also been in a steady state of change to cater for the changing environment and globalisation of trade. While accounting and reporting standards may change, the accounting profession hasn't evolved much since the 15th century. Equally, the accountant may have evolved significantly, becoming a core part of the company's tax compliance, business structure, and general purveyor of advice to management of vast scope; but being an 'accountant' as a profession is the second-oldest after prostitution.

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