2018 BDO Tax Outlook Survey

April 2018

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  

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Matthew Becker
National Managing Partner


Andrew Gibson 
Compensation and Benefits National Leader

Paul Heiselmann
National Managing Partner
  Jeffrey Kane
Private Client Services National Leader

Chris Bard
R&D Tax Credit National Leader
  Monika Loving
International Tax Services National


Donna Chamberlain
Global Expatriate Services National Leader


Mark Schuette
Transfer Pricing National Leader


Rocky Cummings
State and Local Tax National Leader


Barbara Torzewski
Tax Transformation Services National Leader

Dan Fuller
Cost Segregation National Leader
  Michael Williams
Income Tax Accounting National Leader


About the Survey

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.