Australia's Leading Small Business Advisor
Australian & International Multi-Award Winner
Debra Anderson is a small business specialist, author, accountant, tax agent, industry advisor and one of Australia’s leading online accounting consultants. Debra is also a board member of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). The TPB are the government owned regulator of tax & BAS practitioners in Australia reporting to the Assistant Treasurer.
She is an international multi-award winner. Recent awards include being named in the 2019 top 50 Women in Accounting and 2019 top 100 ProAdvisors, 2018 Small Business Adviser of the Year, 2018 International ProAdvisor of the Year (Intuit QBO), 2018/19 MYOB Certified Consultant of the Year, 2018 top 100 ProAdvisors and 2017 Small Business Adviser of the Year.
She is a thought-leader in the accounting and tax profession with an undeniable passion for small business and is also a proud brand ambassador for the Institute of Public Accountants whose vision is that “every small business should have an IPA member by their side” – a vision very close to Debra’s heart. As well as the usual accounting and tax qualifications Debra also has an MBA and sits on various advisory forums for the Australian Taxation Office and The Accounting Business Expo’s advisory board. Combine all this with over 25 years’ experience working with businesses of various sizes and too many industries to list and you can be rest assured you and your business are in safe hands.
In 2006 Debra began Anderson Tax & Consulting because it was obvious to her that tax agents and business owners don’t speak the same language nor do they understand each other’s wants and needs. She felt that most accountants spoke ‘at’ their clients and because the client doesn’t want to appear stupid they often go along with what they are told, but have no idea what it means. Most accountants think that accounting software is there for them to prepare BAS and tax returns and although it is a tool they can use it is Debra’s view that this is merely the secondary purpose of business software. The primary purpose of software being to enable the business owner to manage and understand the business. Obvious to you and me but not so obvious to many others.
Debra is far from the traditional accountant and gladly breaks all the stereotypes. She is passionate, friendly, vivacious and is always looking for new opportunities and challenges for personal and professional growth and is currently studying the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Debra’s areas of expertise include the setup, check-up and clean-up of online cloud accounting systems, business advisory and taxation. Her passion is small business and she shares this passion through her government advocacy work. In 2016 Debra took her passion for small business to another level by releasing her first book Taking Care of Small Business which full of practical advice for small business owners on all the financial aspects of their business from business structure right through to putting together a budget and understanding the financial reports. To purchase your copy click here.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”