National Bean Counter Day occurs annually on April 16. It is a day set aside to provide accountants and other financial specialists — collectively known as Bean counters — with a well-deserved break and to recognise them for the vital work they perform for their clients. Many of us have our finances in order because of them, so it is only fitting that we recognise them with a special day.
The background of National Bean Counter Day
Bean counter is a slang term for someone who performs accounting or administers the minute details of budgets and expenditures in other ways. They participate in corporate or government financial decision-making and always seek to reduce expenditures. The term became associated with accountants and their counterparts as a result of their diligent efforts to account for every penny (or bean) that entered and exited a business.
Bean counters are commonly thought to be only CPAs and accountants, but there are other number crunchers who are also considered bean counters, such as those who work in financial forecasting, planning, or as service providers where calculating numbers is a significant part of their job.
The majority of their time is spent accumulating and preparing tens of thousands of financial documents and tax forms prior to the April 15 filing deadline. They are frequently exhausted at the end of the day and require rest and appreciation.
Kevin Wenig, a certified public accountant from Trumbull, Connecticut, created National Bean Counter Day to recognise the hard work and dedication of accountants and to ensure that they receive a day off immediately after the tax deadline.
This once-a-year holiday allows us to recognise the significance of our financial professionals — “bean counters” — and to show them the respect and gratitude they deserve.
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