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Role of tax knowledge and skills: What are the graduate skills required by small to medium accounting firms


Hayes, S and Freudenberg, BD and Delaney, D, Role of tax knowledge and skills: What are the graduate skills required by small to medium accounting firms, Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association, 13, (1) pp. 152-186. ISSN 1832-911X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Small and medium accounting (SMA) firms can account for approximately 40 per cent of graduate recruitment in Australia. Does the context of obtaining employment with a SMA firm require graduates to have certain knowledge and skills? This article reports the findings of a study into the technical and generic skills required by graduates commencing employment within an Australian SMA firm. The findings suggest that together with financial statement and reporting, tax knowledge is highly valued for graduates to a SMA firm. In terms of tax, this also includes the ability to use tax software. Also, the generic skills of communication, teamwork and ethics are highly regarded. This raises the question as to whether current university degrees are providing adequate technical and generic skill development for those graduates seeking employment with a SMA firm.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accounting, graduates, technical skills, generic skills, small to medium accounting firms, employment, work-ready
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Delaney, D (Dr Deborah Delaney)
ID Code:138275
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2020-03-31
Last Modified:2020-07-30
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