4 Apr 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Accounting

The inevitable progress of artificial intelligence is both thrilling and nerve-wracking, evoking a sense of anticipation tinged with apprehension. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technologies of our time, rapidly changing how businesses operate. Recently, the accounting industry has started adopting AI accounting software to improve efficiency and accuracy. At Ipsum, we take pride in our open-mindedness towards new technologies that can enhance our capabilities. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways AI is used in accounting.


What is Artificial Intelligence?

AI has become a ubiquitous buzzword in our modern lexicon. But what does it truly mean? Put simply; AI refers to the development of computer systems to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. These tasks can range from recognising speech to making decisions and solving problems. As AI’s capabilities expand seemingly without limit, it’s little surprise that this cutting-edge technology has become an indispensable aspect of our everyday lives. Think about how many times a day you may interact with voice assistants like Siri, use predictive texting on your phone or even rely on park assist.


How has AI impacted accounting?

AI accounting software can rapidly process vast amounts of data, enhancing efficiency, saving time, and enabling accountants to concentrate on the more complex elements of their job.


Here are some ways AI has impacted accounting:

  1. Automation of routine tasks

By using AI accounting software, accountants can significantly reduce the time spent on routine tasks, enabling them to focus on more nuanced and value-adding activities. For example, it is now common to find AI automating the process of collecting and sorting receipts, categorising expenses, and even generating invoices.


  1. Fraud detection

AI accounting software is used to identify fraudulent activities. Fraudulent activities can be challenging to detect manually, but AI-powered algorithms can analyse large amounts of data instantly to identify abnormalities that could indicate fraud.


  1. Predictive analytics

AI-powered predictive analytics tools can help accountants forecast future financial trends and identify potential risks. For example, accountants can use AI to analyse past financial data allowing them to make more informed decisions when it comes to predicting future cash flow, revenue, and expenses.


  1. Financial Reporting

AI accounting software automates financial reporting, making it easier for businesses to comply with regulatory requirements. For example, AI tools can automatically generate financial statements and balance sheets.


How will AI impact accounting?

The benefits of AI in accounting are vast, and the future of AI in accounting looks bright. AI is likely to play an even more significant role in the industry by automating complex tasks, such as auditing and financial forecasting. AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants may become more prevalent, providing personalised financial advice to clients. However, the adoption of AI in accounting is not without its challenges. As AI continues its rapid evolution and gains ground in the accounting industry, we must confront data privacy, cybersecurity, and ethical implications head-on, ensuring this cutting-edge technology is wielded responsibly and thoughtfully.


It is without a doubt that AI is transforming the accounting industry, and alongside this transformation, the advantages, and disadvantages of AI in accounting will become more apparent. At Ipsum we are embracing the benefits of AI in accounting to increase productivity and work more efficiently and accurately. We use Xero software as a quick, easy, and secure way to send and receive eInvoices and are using Dext and Hubdoc for automated receipt processing. Xero also sends us warning emails when supplier or employee bank account details have been changed to prevent fraud. Using forecasting software such as Liveplan, a cloud-based business planning and management tool helps our clients start, maintain, and grow their businesses. At Ipsum, we believe in the importance of staying ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new tools and technologies that can help our clients thrive in today’s fast-paced business world.


If you’d like to explore more of AI’s role in accounting or other areas of your business, reach out to one of our friendly Ipsums.