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Jul 2020

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Selling your accounting firm: who is responsible for the retention of documents for past tax returns

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ATO, outsourcing provider, record retention, Tax Agent, tax returns

In this highly evolving and moveable world, we’ve seen recently several issues related to record retention involving tax agents who have moved to other software providers, moved from desktop to cloud, or sold their practices but then needed access to the data. Instances where tax agents needed access to the data included one accountants who had accepted the client after …

16

Jul 2020

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What to look for in a dodgy “fly by night” outsourcing provider

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ad-hoc model, australian accounting firm, Australian tax compliance outsourcing, outsourcing provider, Quality work

Like everyone else, despite the fact we’re an outsourcing provider, our email inboxes are frequently filled with outsourcing providers offering their services. There are some great checklists online, but like virus and phishing spam, there are some quick “eye ball” checks you can do on an email arriving from a purported outsourcing provider. Here are our top 10 things you …

09

Jul 2020

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Australian compliance – discounting only comes back to bite you

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: accounting, ad hoc, Australian compliance, discounting, pricing pressure

Discounting to win work is probably the second most damaging thing an Australian accountant can do in their firm. Of course, the first is to allow “scope creep” or “write-offs” as a result of scope creep. So this week we’ll have a quick chat about why discounting is so damaging to your firm. Customers who ask for discounting usually have …

02

Jul 2020

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Australian accounting firm owners: It’s about managing Energy, not Time

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: australian accounting, bookkeeping, Cost Savings, Outsourced Services, time on compliance

A lot of the Australian accounting firm owners are hard pressed to manage the work they have inhouse, and come to talk to Odyssey when their growth is improving, or their resources shrinking in efficiency. And it may be that both may be happening at the same time. Earlier this week we spoke to an accounting firm owner whose bookkeeping …

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Jun 2020

Firing clients the right way

Australian accounting firms: Firing clients the right way

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, ad-hoc model, Australian Accountant, Compliance Work, profitability

We’ve all seen the silos of different client types: Type A – clients you love working with and are highly profitable, the kind of clients you’d go on holiday with.. Type B – clients you like working with and are profitable Type C – clients that are ok and you make some profit Type D – clients that cost you …

18

Jun 2020

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Zoomed out: Is digital signing and digital meetings eroding the relationship between clients?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, Australian tax compliance, Digital, post-pandemic

COVID-19 has displaced workforces in Australia, more so in the more heavily populated capital and major cities of Australia. This has meant the rapid evolution and deployment of the new age of digital platforms supporting online collaboration. At the same time, there is a thinning of the traditional hierarchy of accounting firms, through disintermediation of the organisation. Timesheets are disappearing …

11

Jun 2020

Do 12 hour working days do anything more than blunt the edge?

Australian tax compliance: Do 12 hour working days do anything more than blunt the edge?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, ad-hoc model, Australian compliance, Outsourced Services, work life balance

There was a large accounting firm interviewing one of their junior partners the other day, and we were struck by the antique nature of the partner business model. Do your time, work hard, work up the ladder, and make it to partner. The female junior partner had taken 15 years to make it to partner level. “Fast Track”. As the …

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Jun 2020

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Australian compliance: Working from home isn’t just about moving your office computer home

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Australian tax compliance outsourcing, cyber risks, Data security, WORKING FROM HOME

COVID-19 has displaced workforce around the world, including offshore locations where staff are usually working in a secure office environment. Many offshore providers note their security restrictions such as no iphones in the office, 24 hour security guards, restricted fingerprint access to office environment. The list goes on. What’s really interesting, is many of these have jumped on the internet …

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May 2020

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Remote workers: Pulling the plug and impacts on profitability

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ad-hoc model, Australian tax compliance, forex risk, offshore labour, Outsourced offshore

We’ve previously touched on risks that offshore labour services providers like to gloss over when selling their “cheap and cheerful” full time labour resources. These risks include pushing the foreign exchange risk back onto the Australian accountant, wherein paying for the actual salary of a full time worker in foreign currency leaves the Australian accounting firm exposed to detrimental movements …

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May 2020

Australian accountants working at home-is the myth of the full time home worker finally over

Australian accountants working at home: Is the myth of the full time home worker finally over?

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: ACCOUNTANTS, Ad hoc work, australian accounting, work life balance, WORKING FROM HOME

For those of us that have been trying to work from home, while at the same time keeping a glancing eye on our children also doing school from at home, there must have been some questions in the backs of our minds, especially related to the fees we are paying for our children’s education. Regardless of whether our children are …