March 2020

Read the March 2020 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.

Leading women, left to right: Karina Wong CPA, Alison Yam CPA, Vickie Fan FCPA, Carmen Lei CPA. Photo: Calvin Sit.

Meet the leaders reshaping accounting in Asia


For accountants, business and the wider community to realise artificial intelligence's significant potential benefits, it is vital to be able to have trust in AI applications.

Checks and balances in AI ethics


Businesses that achieve astronomical growth in short periods of time inspire other entrepreneurs to come out of the shadows and have a go.

Supercharging start-up investment: risks and rewards


Jon Tse CPA, co-founder and co-CEO of stone paper company Karst Stone Paper. The company produces a range of notebooks and woodless pencils.

Karst Stone Paper leaves no rock unturned


Buildings are one of the biggest energy consumers, so if you don’t need to heat and cool your office as much, there are huge benefits for the planet – and for your budget.

Game of Thermostat: The battle to find the optimal office temperature


The Sydney Harbour Bridge is illuminated by a New Year’s Eve fireworks display on 31 December 1999. The Goods and Services Act was introduced earlier that year.

GST in Australia 20 years on: looking back on taxing times


In Australia, the proportion of households who are over-indebted rose from 21 per cent in 2003-2004 to 29 per cent in 2015-2016.

Why a squeezed middle class spells trouble


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.


Payment methods are changing in business, led by a boom in fintech companies and government digitisation projects.

New payment technologies: challenging business as usual


Belinda Hogan, CFO of smartbank 86 4000. Photo: Anthony Geernaert.

Meet the CFO of Australia's first smartbank: Belinda Hogan CPA


Former Treasurer Paul Keating (left) and Prime Minister Bob Hawke in June 1988 at the Australian Labor Party national conference.

Recession in Australia in 2020: weighing up the odds


Angus Raine FCPA, executive chairman of Raine & Horne, one of Australia's oldest real estate franchises. Photo: Anthony Geernaert.

Angus Raine FCPA pioneers a new way forward for real estate


The notion of tethered self relates to the fact that, because of technology, devices and social media, we’re always on and we’re always available.

New social media: 8 do's and don'ts


“I am a strong believer in innovate or die, but innovation doesn’t necessarily start with an idea, it starts with a problem to solve,” says Evette Cordy.

5 ways to nurture business innovation on a global playing field


Over the next five years, data analytics and AI are expected to have a growing impact on public practices.

How technology for accountants is transforming modern practices


Brent Pienaar CPA, manager of finance systems, strategy and solutions at Emirates Group based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Brent Pienaar CPA's many paths to the Emirates Group


Managers must tread a delicate balance between supervising an employee’s performance and giving them autonomy over their work.

Micromanagement: a bad habit you need to ditch now


Accountants are highly technical and detailed people. However, soft skills such as an ability to communicate and connect with clients may sometimes be lacking.

6 ways accountants can build client relationships and improve communication


Airtable turns spreadsheets into highly flexible databases. With Airtable, you can create dashboards with visual data summaries and it lets you view data in a range of ways, such as via a calendar.

6 productivity apps for work


Use Power Query to solve common Excel budget issues