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Derek Parker

Derek Parker is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, and a former editor of INTHEBLACK (when it was known as Australian CPA). His reviews and articles, mainly dealing with business issues and current affairs, appear in a wide range of publications in Australia and overseas. His first novel, This Tattooed Land, was published in 2014.

In many ways a virtual interview should be treated like a face-to-face interview - taken seriously, with research and preparation.

Direct to video: ‘the new normal’ for job interviews


By and large, a budget is the expected financial quantification of a company’s goals, ideally based on a considered reflection of its circumstances.

Budget forecasting in the COVID-19 era


Artificial intelligence has potential impacts similar to other forms of technology-based disruption, but also has additional characteristics that need to be considered separately.

How AI is changing the role of accounting and finance professionals


In the past few federal budgets, the ATO has received funding increases that it has used to address the income tax gap and the black economy.

The ATO ups its compliance game. Here's what that means for taxpayers.


Top 10 business podcasts


Relax this holiday season with these great reads.

10 great holiday reads


Planning needed for effective negotiating, and much of the hard thinking has to be done even before negotiations begin

The key to a successful negotiation? Start with planning and focus.


Perhaps this quote from Winston Churchill should be borne in mind. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal,” he said. “It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Learn from failure by looking for the seeds of success


According to figures provided by the AAT, last year about 30 per cent of people who took a tax dispute to the Tribunal were represented by their accountant/tax agent.

AAT a potential minefield for tax disputes


"We didn’t disrupt anything. We just expanded the possibilities,” says Jim McKelvey from payment company Square.

Using technology innovation to fight complexity