To answer the security question and help clients feel comfortable with online working, you’ve got to make the security aspects very clear, and place real emphasis on how the protection of client data is a priority not just for you but also for cloud providers as well.
Your accountant might soon be able to dish out financial advice, if proposed reforms to licensing from the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) are accepted.
While in the past, the accountant was working up to 80 hours a week, he now concedes that “working harder is not always the smartest… you don’t need to give up your entire life to make a business happen and [be] successful”.
It’s not so long ago that we had to personally engage with customers to communicate, either via phone or face-to-face. Writing a letter was the last resort, it had to be delivered by the post.
You may have read the response from CAANZ and CPA Australia this morning to all the flack they have got this week from members and in the industry media.
If not, here is the link:
I agree 100% the whole financial services system is broken and needs to be fixed.
But you need to start somewhere and returning something similar to the Accountants’ Exemption as a start.
Ruling out support for this because you want more, when this is NOT even on the table at the moment, is pathetic, a cop out and a complete let down of the CAANZ / CPA members.
When will the advocacy activities of these organisations start to reflect the views of their members? When will they listen to them?
I would have thought with what has happened at the CPA’s over the past few years, they may have been more inclined to listen to their members – obviously not!
As I said earlier this week, it is really poor that these organisations are not supporting the return of the Accountants’ Exemption for their members – maybe their members will at some stage stop supporting them with membership fees?
The accounting profession does not have to follow in the footsteps of the financial services industry and raise minimum education requirements, Treasury has been told.
The return of the accountants exemption is the first step to fixing the broken SMSF advice process, while the government and regulators should also consider simplifying the production of SOAs and creating a separate SMSF adviser profession with its own compliance requirements, according to BGL.