National Bean Counter Day

National Bean Counter Day is a holiday observed every April 16th. The term “bean counter” is a word traditionally used to disparage accountants and other people who look closely at a company’s bottom line. However, this holiday isn’t one that’s used to disparage anyone’s work ethic or commitment to accuracy.

It’s a holiday that celebrates those who keep a close eye on facts and figures. It’s a day for accountants to take a break from their usual daily grind, and a day for the rest of us to extend our heartfelt thanks to them for their help throughout the tax season.

The History of National Bean Counter Day

National Bean Counter Day was created by a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut, known as Kevin Wenig. He invented this holiday as an official day off for accountants all over the U.S. And since it comes the day after Tax Day in the U.S., it’s a day off that’s well deserved.

Interesting Facts About Accounting

Since National Bean Counter Day celebrates accounting, we thought it would be a good idea to list some of the interesting accounting facts we’ve uncovered.

  • The accounting term “debit” comes from the Latin for “he owes,” and “credit” comes from “he trusts.”
  • More than 2,000 accountants are employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • The first CPA exam was administered on December 15, 1896, in New York.
  • Al Capone was eventually arrested and convicted on tax evasion charges.

Observing National Bean Counter Day

Since your accountant helped you through yet another tax season, this is a good day for you to give your accountant a heartfelt thanks. Or maybe, give him or her a special thank-you card or gift. If you want to give a shoutout online to your accountant, just be sure to use the hashtag #NationalBeanCounterDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 16 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
April 16 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
April 16 Sunday
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