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10 accounting websites every pro should be reading

By Samuel Williamson

3 min read

Being able to crunch the numbers, and quickly determine a business’s financial health, is what makes a good accountant. To be great, and take your career to the next level, you’ll need to keep abreast of changing laws, and industry news and trends.

With professional bodies and industry players rushing in to explain complex policy changes and dissect new technology on their websites and blogs, staying up to date has never been easier. But, with so many voices, searching for the most well informed can be time consuming. So we’ve done the legwork for you.

Here are our top 10 sites for accounting professionals.

1. Australian Taxation Office (ATO) small business newsroom

Subscribe to the ATO’s small business newsroom for all the latest tax and super news direct to your inbox. Its e-newsletters contain links to short, helpful news articles and videos on key tax and super information for small business owners – without the technical jargon.

2. Australian Financial Review

The Australia Financial Review – or ‘the Fin’ as it’s commonly known – is a leading source of business, finance, and investment news. With bulletins across small business, markets, and personal finance, including tax and superannuation, the Fin is a must-read for anyone working in the finance sector.

3. CPA’s intheblack.com

CPA’s intheblack.com is the digital edition of the popular monthly business magazine INTHEBLACK. Featuring expert analysis, commentary, and opinion on strategy, small business, and taxation, along with polls, audio, and video, the site is a great resource for anyone working in financial services. CPA’s Professional Resources is another handy site, with tools, templates, and guidance for the everyday accountant.

4. QuickBooks Resource Centre

An advisory service for Australian small business owners, Intuit’s QuickBooks Resource Centre is the go-to for tax and accounting developments affecting small business. You’ll find free guides, templates, and advice, for startup and budding businesses on topics like cash flow, invoicing, taxes, and much more. And with helpful resources just for accountants, like how to profit from cloud accounting or LinkedIn tips just for accountants, this no-nonsense blog has everything you need.

5. accountantsdaily

Created just for accountants, accountantsdaily delivers daily news, analysis, and reports, on the issues and industry developments most important to those in the profession. You’ll also find purpose-built tools, and best practice experience and insights, all geared to help drive your firm’s growth.

6. Chartered Accountants Resource Centre

Get your tax and accounting advice from recognised experts. Expect templates, tools, software, and practical support for day-to-day accountancy tasks, or browse e-books, journals, and articles on a range of technical and specialist topics. Chartered Accountants Insights also offers in-depth analysis and opinion from members on key policy changes from the ATO.

7. Karbon Magazine

A nifty online magazine from the makers of accounting workflow management software Karbon, this educational site brings together strategic insights for accounting professionals. The one to follow for big-picture counsel, expect to find tips and tricks for adopting new technology, automating processes, and maximising efficiency.

8. Panalatix Resource Portal

Sign up to the Panalatix resource portal – the accounting and business improvement consultancy’s blog – for tips, strategies, and the latest news and updates in the accounting profession. You’ll get access to articles, webinars, videos, and case studies, discussing business improvement, client advisory services, value pricing, marketing, sales, efficiency, and more.

9. financialobserver

Stay up to date with news and content geared towards financial planners, accountants, fund managers, and superannuation and wealth managers with financialobserver’s daily newsletter. You’ll also find information on changes to government or regulatory initiatives, tech trends, and key players in the industry.

10. Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)

The AASB is the primary government agency responsible for developing, issuing, and maintaining Australian accounting standards. A must-follow for every accountant, the free weekly subscription lists activities or changes set by the AASB, or any other international organisations, or accounting standard setters.

Regulatory changes and innovative trends and technology are inevitable in the accounting profession. Keeping up to date with industry news and changes will help you to better serve your clients, identify opportunities for growth, and remain competitive.

For more news and advice for accountants, check out these resources.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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