2018 BDO Tax Outlook Survey

For better or worse, tax has reached a turning point. 

U.S. tax reform, at both the federal and state levels, coupled with major international tax shifts have increased the complexity of today’s tax and accounting processes. At the same time, tax professionals will soon face a world where technology can handle much of the heavy lifting, leaving them with the opportunity to fill a more strategic role.

In the year ahead, 91 percent of tax executives say implementing tax code changes will be their primary tax issue, according to the BDO 2018 Tax Outlook Survey. Now, savvy businesses must consider tax from a holistic perspective and aim to develop comprehensive, data-driven solutions to tax’s ongoing transformations.

Explore the Survey

Click the graphics below to explore the different sections of the Survey.


The GOP Border Tax-adjustment Proposal
BEPS Gains Steam Causing Tax Planning Concerns  
In the Near-Term, State and Local Considerations are Key  
In the Near-Term, State and Local Considerations are Key  
The PATH Act One Year Later  
Companies Look Inward to Cybersecurity Abilities  
Spotlight on Industry  



The 2018 BDO Tax Outlook Survey is a national telephone survey conducted by Market Measurement, Inc., an independent market research consulting firm. The firm’s executive interviewers spoke directly to 150 tax executives— or those with tax director responsibilities—at public companies with revenues of over $1 billion. The survey was conducted within a scientifically developed purely random sample.