BDO takes up tax team talent to tackle tax reform agenda

Lisa Nixon |

09 February 2015

THE upcoming focus on Australian tax reform, as well as the global tax agenda driven by OECD and G20, is behind the recent strategic growth in the Tax Team of audit, tax and advisory firm BDO, with the appointment this month of 10 new tax specialists in Brisbane, including two new partners, Chris Ball and Adele Townsend.

This injection follows other high profile additions to the BDO Tax team after the recent appointments of Mark Pizzacalla (formerly Managing Partner of Mann Judd in Melbourne and more recently appointed to the Federal Government’s Board of Taxation), Jason de Boer (formerly of Deloitte in Melbourne) and Vanessa Priest to be based in Sydney.

Chris and Adele, and eight of their team members from Pitcher Partners, joined BDO in Brisbane on February 2, taking BDO’s National Tax Partner numbers to 30.

BDO’s National Chairman, Helen Argiris, said with Tax Reform now ‘on the table’ in Australia, as well as the Global agenda being driven by the OECD and more recently the G20 creating even more interest in relation to international tax, she was excited to welcome all of the new Tax Partners and said their appointment was a proactive move driven by the current and future needs of clients.

“With the Tax reform agenda hotting up, it will be interesting to see whether the Government will listen to the taxpaying public and ensure any changes simplify the system rather than complicate it.  Regardless, any change will most likely mean challenges for our clients and we will be ready to assist,” Ms Argiris said.

Annually for the past four years, BDO has conducted a Tax Reform Survey that has consistently revealed that respondents feel the complexity of the tax system is a significant barrier to operating an efficient business. Over the last four surveys, between 70 and 92 per cent of respondents have “strongly agreed” with this proposition.

Ms Argiris said that with the newly bolstered tax team, BDO would be at the forefront of capability and service in the sector.

“Our newest Tax Partners, Chris and Adele share our passion for exceptional client service, in addition to having outstanding professional credentials,” Ms Argiris said.

“They both have many years’ experience at Pitcher Partners and, before that, Chris at EY and Adele at Deloitte.”

Chris Ball said, “Adele and I see many shared values and aspirations between our current team and BDO, and also complementary skills which will be of tremendous value to all of our clients as the team’s offering is now more comprehensive than ever.

“We’re excited to be a part of BDO’s extensive national and international network, and look forward to working with our clients within the Brisbane tax practice.

“We made the decision to join BDO because we could see a great future for clients and our people.”