The top 5 Benefits of Outsourcing your Australian Accounting, Taxation and Bookkeeping Compliance to an Experienced Offshore provider

David CarterOutsourcing

Practice management series - 1

Outsourcing is not new. It derives from the economic principle of comparative advantage. CPA Australia released several great checklists back in October 2016, with lead author by Odyssey’s David Carter. The checklists in these series allow Australian accountants looking to use or provide outsourced services to cover many of the important aspects of outsourcing. This week we look at the … Read More

Why you need to talk to an expert when it comes to outsourcing

David CarterOutsourcing


In this time of “fake news”, we’re seeing it blatantly obvious that there are a lot of mis truths in the world today, and the world of Australian tax and accounting compliance outsourcing isn’t any different. We’ve seen some of the accounting industry self appointed “leaders” tinkering in social media giving their opinion on outsourcing, and we’ve seen some self … Read More

Offshoring – are you caught by the royalty withholding rules?

David CarterLegislation

Offshoring - are you caught by the royalty withholding rules?

Australian businesses looking to pay for outsource or offshore services need to be aware of the royalty withholding rules under Australia’s tax laws. For clients that are offshoring and paying a “seat lease” fee which includes rental of office equipment and software, then a payment for some of these items might arguably fall within the ambit of Royalty. As noted … Read More

Offshoring versus Outsourcing? Why the confusion remains

David CarterOutsourcing

Offshoring versus Outsourcing? Why the confusion remains

Our CEO was visiting a client in Canberra the other day, and discussion invariably ended up mentioning the aggressive pursuit by offshore labour providers in the Philippines.  The question then had to be asked: why are some firms considering the Philippines labour hire solutions, while other firms are knocking them back and working with Outsourcing offerings. The response was: Offshoring … Read More

TPB rattles Outsourcing and Offshoring Users. Draft practice note released

David CarterOutsourcing

TPB rattles Outsourcing and Offshoring Users

A few days ago the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) released draft Practice Note TPB(PN) D38/2017 to provide practical guidance and assistance to registered tax practitioners in understanding their obligations under the Code of Professional Conduct in relation to the use of outsourcing and offshoring. It should be noted that this is a draft practice note, and submissions and comments are invited … Read More

How Australian accounting firm owners can semi-retire with lower risk…

David CarterOutsourcing

I received a message from an Australian accountant the other day. The message went something like this: Hi David, Just some feedback from my Partner in business (an old school hardworking now moving to retiring not the easiest lady to impress). You made it easy the questions that came back were of calibre and clearly indicated that you had certainly … Read More

Australian Tax Workers: Is the next wage push just around the corner?

David CarterPublication

Recently Morgan McKinley released their 2017 Accounting & finance Salary guides. Focusing on the compliance salaries in Accounting & Finance Salaries in Commerce & Industry the more interesting numbers come from the “Tax Accounting” side with newly qualified accountants being paid $70,000 to $90,000; Senior accountants being paid $90,000 to $120,000; Managers $100,000 to $150,000; Senior Managers $140,000 to $180,000; and Directors/Heads from … Read More

Are we irrevocably losing Compliance skills in Australia?…

David CarterOutsourcing

I had a chat with a firm the other day that was resisting outsourcing and going to keep hiring local staff, on the pretext that managers of the future had always come from within the ranks. Late last year we blogged about the possible trend to bring the jobs back home as a result of changes in the Australian political climate. … Read More

Increasing your firms capacity: Outsourcing versus Employee Leasing

David CarterOutsourcing

Whilst the header on our blog this week mentions Outsourcing versus Employee Leasing, we should mention a third option being “DIY outsourcing”. So there are three options accountants may consider when looking at increasing Australian bookkeeping/accounting/tax compliance capacity within their firm. Business Processing Operation (BPO) Employee Leasing, sometimes referred to as Seat Leasing “Do it yourself” leasing BPO generally allows … Read More