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Specialist forum aims to help accountants get quick answers

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Online site sets up a resource for tax professionals to connect with their peers and share expertise.

By Philip King 10 minute read

Online resource site Australianbiz has launched a Q&A Forum exclusively for public practice accountants to post questions and get responses from fellow tax professionals and specialists. 

The Sydney accountant behind the project, Joe Kaleb, said many regional public practices had limited resources and the forum was a place they could turn for quick answers to queries, advice on specialist topics, to share knowledge or join discussions with like-minded tax professionals.

“We believe that this is the only online platform in Australia where practising accountants can communicate in real time exclusively with other practising accountants outside of a public setting to discuss a range of professional matters,” he said.

“The forum is a powerful tool for practising accountants across Australia to not only source information, but also to discuss the issues that affect them every day.”     

He said subject categories took in company law and tax, superannuation and estate planning, trusts and ATO systems and administration issues. The forum had recruited a number of specialists to respond to technical tax, legal and other issues, including:

  • HLB Mann Judd tax partner Peter Bembrick
  • John Jeffreys, director of John Jeffreys Tax
  • Commercial lawyer Cathy Russo of Macpherson Kelley
  • Insolvency specialist Glenn Ashcroft
  • Commercial and litigation lawyer Chris Kintis of ClarkeKann Lawyers

Mr Kaleb said the site “is being administered by practising accountants who understand the issues facing accountants on a daily basis” and forum access was limited to practising accountants who were Australianbiz subscribers, with annual memberships from $275.

The site included tips on posting and searching and would be monitored to ensure professional conduct remained a fundamental principle. There would be no sponsors or advertisers.

“Accountants can remain anonymous or personalise their profile with their practice logo and display their specialities to their peers,” he said. “This enables users to make contact with a specialist and maybe seek further assistance.

“The forum cannot be used for self-promotion, making statements, advocacy or spamming purposes — this is a Q&A forum for practising accountants designed solely for the purpose of sharing knowledge with their peers.

Australianbiz is an online resource for small businesses that provides an extensive range of tax and financial management tools to help them become more profitable.

Information on the site is also a very handy resource for practising accountants, with monthly tax updates and quarterly articles on superannuation and estate planning, workplace law, asset protection and structuring and business management.

 

 

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Philip King is editor of Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Philip joined the titles in March 2022 and brings extensive experience from a variety of roles at The Australian national broadsheet daily, most recently as motoring editor. His background also takes in spells on diverse consumer and trade magazines.

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