Feb 2016

What is the future for Offshoring?

By: Odyssey Publication
Tags: Offshoring, Outsourced Services

In December 2015 the CA’s future[inc] released a report on the future of offshoring. Globalisation, technology, reduction in barriers to services trade and pressure on fees have impacted outsourcing and offshoring. Labour is no longer tethered to fixed capital and tasks can now easily be outsourced offshore or even automated via the cloud. With the demographic tide turning, Australia will …


Feb 2016

The Philippines pulls rank in the customer service industry

By: Odyssey In the Press
Tags: APESB GN 30 Outsourced Services, Code of Professional conduct, Disclosure, offshore, Privacy Act, TPB

The Philippines is now being claimed as a “go-to” destination for outsourcing activities. When you consider the high cost of compliance in Australia, there was very little or no difference in quality and a significant saving in costs… Not all accountants, however, are sold on the idea of outsourcing. BPO isn’t right for every situation, but expert groups argue it …


Feb 2016

Cloud computing and the Code of Professional Conduct. TPB Exposure draft

By: Odyssey Legislation
Tags: Cloud computing, Code of Professional conduct, Privacy Act, TPB

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has released an exposure draft on Cloud Computing. Per the ED, a registered agent must know and understand the nature of any cloud computing arrangements they enter into, particularly in the context of how these arrangements impact upon the tax agent services being delivered to their client. Cloud services include information storage, lodgment of returns, …


Feb 2016

Cloud-based accounting and productivity tools for practitioners and taxpayers

By: Odyssey In the Press
Tags: ATO, Cloud Accounting, Cloud software, SBR

Modern cloud based accounting software and productivity tools are having far reaching and prompt impact on the way Australian businesses process their business transactions. In this article, Sophie Hossack highlights changes from the last 15 years (pre GST) through to cloud accounting software available today, together with the massive impact this is having on not only the way accountants and …


Feb 2016

February 2016 Newsletter – The firm of the future… are we there yet?

By: Odyssey Newsletter
Tags: Disruption, Firm of the future, Future for offshoring, Globalisation, motorbike trip, Sage Connect, the Cloud

The firm of the future… are we there yet? It’s been over a decade since CPA Australia released its Firm of the Future report. Interestingly, there was a section headed “Outsourcing? Get used to it” but no reference in the document to “Cloud”. How times have changed! You can click here to read the PDF report directly. Late last year the Institute of Chartered …