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ConTax Newsletter - September 2014

Careers related article: Job interviews… how to impress

Contributed by Colleen Mortimer, Taxation Lecturer, Curtin Law School, Curtin University

As you approach the end of your degree you must start to think about the interviews which you will be attending in your search for a job.   You should prepare for the interview. It is not simply a matter of attending the interview and hoping you can make a good impression. Think about yourself before you go to the interview – what are your strengths and weaknesses. How would you describe yourself?

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Member profile: Mary Italiano

Name: Mary Italiano
Employer: Grant Thornton
Position: Senior Consultant
Short bio: My interest in the tax and accounting industry started from a young age. In year 10 of high school, I determined that I was never going to go down the arts, science or English pathway in my career. So I left school after finishing year 10 and enrolled in a Certificate IV of Accounting and subsequently a Diploma of Accounting at TAFE. These qualifications granted me entrance into a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in accounting at Curtin University of Technology.

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Member profile: Daniel Spaeth

Name: Daniel Spaeth
Employer: BDO (Perth)
Position: Manager - Corporate and International Tax
Short bio: Daniel completed a double degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University in 2010. Following this, he began work at BDO as a graduate accountant in the Corporate and International Tax division. Since beginning full-time work he has completed the Chartered Accountants Program and is currently working towards a Masters of Taxation.

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Feature article: The super rich and tax: lifers or leaners?

Contributed by Helen Hodgson, Associate Professor, Curtin Law School, Curtin University 
(This article was first published on The Conversation website)

A recent report from think tank Per Capita highlighted increasing concern over inequality in Australia’s taxation system, particularly whether high income earners are paying their fair share of tax. 
Despite the 2% tax rise on incomes of more than A$180,000 flagged in May’s federal budget, it is low income families that are doing most of the heavy lifting through cuts and freezes on transfer payments.

Read the full article on The Conversation