Award Winning Online Accounting Consultant
“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.”
Debra Anderson is a small business specialist, author, blogger, accountant, tax agent, industry advisor and one of Australia’s leading online accounting consultants.
She is a thought-leader in the accounting and tax profession with an undeniable passion for small business and is a 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 advisory boards for the Australian Taxation Office and The Accounting Business Expo. Combine all this with over 26 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 proudly breaks the stereotype. She has received countless accolades for her leadership in cloud accounting and was the Inaugural recipient of MYOB’s prestigious Innovation Award. She works closely with the Australian Taxation Office on several advisory boards and had an integral role in the ATO’s Small Business Fix-it Squad which was mandated to simplify the BAS process for small businesses. She is extremely proud to be a pioneer of Simpler BAS which was introduced for all small businesses in July 2017. Click here to see her explaining Simpler BAS on ATO TV.
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 and is a blogger for the prestigious small business site Smallville. In 2017 Debra was awarded the Small Business Adviser of the Year award at the annual SMSF & Accounting Industry Awards.
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.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”