Most common programs -
Speaking as a Tax Associate in Public Accounting, we most often use Excel. At PwC, there's a push to use newer more advanced programs like Alteryx, Tableau, and UiPath to help either automate processes and/or create visualizations. We also use OneSource, GoSystems, CCH, and CorpTax tax software (or SuperForms when we need one-off forms) to actually do the returns.
How often -
As I mentioned earlier, there's a push to learn the newer programs right now, which is great because they should make our outputs better and our processes more efficient. There's always going to be changes in Tax (including changes in technology but also changes in the tax law itself) and as a tax professional preparing for and implementing those changes is just part of the job. From my experience, it takes time for new technology to be used throughout the business, but people start to adopt it very early on. But for that reason, the actual frequency can vary depending on what you do, what your managers prefer, and what works best for the client.
As far as bookkeeping and standard accounting software, I'm not that familiar but in addition to what Ashley listed there is QuickBooks (used by small businesses) and Workday. I also expect that accountants/bookkeepers would probably use Excel as well.
Rachel recommends the following next steps:
- Learn some Excel tricks! It will save you a lot of time and impress your coworkers!
- Learn how to use Alteryx, Tableau, and UiPath. You'd come in ahead of your peers!