Accounting

Support for climate action is building in the corporate sector, but is it happening fast enough? Can we transform our eco-anxiety into action that moves the dial?

Eco-anxiety: What it is and how accountants can help


Adopting e-signature technology can be transformational for businesses, and particularly SMEs.

Sign of the times: how to pick the best software for e-signatures


The sooner an insolvency practitioner is made aware of a client’s financial difficulties, the more options become available to the accountant and client.

Insolvency: How to recognise the signs


In the US and several other jurisdictions, financial reporting has moved into the digital era. But Australian companies have yet to go down that path.

Digital reporting: The way forward for financial reports


Remote work and the complexities of the hybrid workplace have emerged as major issues for many organisations.

How accountants met the challenges of COVID-19


2020 saw a lot of audit activity by the Australian Taxation Office and State Revenue Offices. Here are four of the most frequent claim types from the 2019/2020 financial year.

What does 2021 have in store for ATO audit activity?


A banking customer verifies her identity to check her social security fund balance using an electronic ID card, part of mobile payment app Alipay, in Hangzhou, China.

Survey: Business efficiency key driver of FinTech


Analytical skills, and the ability to share insights behind the numbers, will become even more important – and it is something that employers will come to expect.

The accounting skills most in-demand post-pandemic


More businesses and governments are engaging in ethical investing – in the pursuit of both financial returns and socially desirable outcomes.

Dr Dambisa Moyo: Responsible investing in the future


Accountancy has seen the rise of such subscription services, from basic consumer-level bookkeeping services through to complex industry-specific accountancy software for large firms.

Set and forget: Subscription services on the up and up


PwC estimates that Australian workers are underpaid by A$1.35 billion in entitlements each year, and that 13 per cent of the workforce is affected by the underpayments annually.

Staff underpayment: How to get payroll right


Data visualisation tools take raw data and help analysts turn it into information, intelligence or insight. They also speed up the analysis process.

Hidden figures: How data visualisation can tell your story


Jarrad Young invested a considerable amount of analysis, strategy and planning in undertaking his Guinness World Record-breaking effort.

Jarrad Young CPA: Pushing the limit


The scientific consensus about global warming is significant and we are recognising that preventing the worst effects of climate change needs effort on multiple fronts.

Climate risk: What accountants need to know


Gene Wilder’s performance in <i>The Producers</i> is sinister, but also kooky and creative. The role belies a decades-long rollcall of tired stereotypes that too often use the accountant as the punching bag.

Film study: The good, the bad and the accountant


While the foundational thinking for IFRS 9 is sound in principle, what is unclear is if it is fit for purpose amid a health emergency that has triggered unquantifiable hits to future corporate earnings.

Will IFRS 9 pass the pandemic test?


A recent inquiry by the office of the ASBFEO found SCF products were being “weaponised” by larger companies to pressure their suppliers into signing agreements in return for being paid on time.

Supply chain finance reform on the agenda


An area of significant concern for small business owners is the uncertainty of future consumer behaviour following the easing of restrictions, and how quickly and confidently consumers start returning to previous spending habits.

The role of accountants in providing loan advice to SMEs


The need for reliable information has increased and it is up to finance professionals to ensure that not only are statutory obligations met but also that maximum transparency is provided.

Roadmap for annual reporting in the COVID-19 era


Wes Lambert, CEO of the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association, confirms that many of his members are now more cautious and reluctant to hire casual employees.

‘Casual’ employment ruled a thing of the past


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