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

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Hayes, S, Freudenberg, BD and Delaney, D ORCID: 0000-0002-4813-8266 2018 , '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, vol. 13, no. 1 , pp. 152-186 .

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Abstract

Smallandmediumaccounting(SMA)firmscanaccountforapproximately40percentofgraduaterecruitmentinAustralia.DoesthecontextofobtainingemploymentwithaSMAfirm require graduates to have certain knowledge and skills?This article reportsthefindings of a study into the technical and generic skills required by graduatescommencing employment within an Australian SMA firm. The findings suggest thattogether with financial statement and reporting, tax knowledge is highly valued forgraduatestoaSMAfirm.Intermsoftax,thisalsoincludestheabilitytousetaxsoftware.Also,thegenericskillsofcommunication,teamworkandethicsarehighlyregarded.Thisraises the question as to whether current university degrees are providing adequatetechnicalandgenericskilldevelopmentforthosegraduatesseekingemploymentwithaSMAfirm.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hayes, S and Freudenberg, BD and Delaney, D
Keywords: accounting, graduates, technical skills, generic skills, small to medium accounting firms, employment, work-ready
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association
Publisher: Australasian Tax Teachers Association
ISSN: 1832-911X
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