The word "accountant" comes from the French word "compter," which means to count or score. The ancient Romans were obsessed with record keeping. Their military bases kept details on everything from how much grain was in their stores to how many nails were in their workshops. The state of New York gave its first certified public accountant (CPA) exam in 1896. And bubble gum was invented in 1928 by accountant Walter Dimer! Learn more about accounting & income tax business opportunities below.