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New tax partner joins BDO in Sydney

11 February 2020

BDO Australia has today welcomed a new Tax Partner to the Sydney office, James Trainor, who specialises in Employment Taxes.

James’ areas of expertise include Fringe Benefits Tax, Payroll Tax, Workers Compensation, Superannuation, employer PAYG obligations, and employee remuneration arrangements, for Australian and international employers.

BDO Sydney Office Managing Partner, Grant Saxon, said he was delighted to welcome James to the firm during a period of continued growth both for BDO in Sydney and across Australia.

“2020 is shaping up to be a big year for BDO with continued growth in our traditional services of audit and tax, now being matched by growth in our advisory offering. James will add strength to our specialist tax area as well as linking in our People Advisory offering.

“The landscape of doing business in Australia is changing rapidly and this is driving the demand for firms that can develop deep client and sector knowledge supported by a broad base of advisory services,” Saxon said.

Neil Billyard, BDO’s National Leader for Tax said BDO has been able to pursue large corporate engagements due to the continued specialisations among the firm’s Partners.

“James will bolster our Employment Taxes offering as he has deep experience in the design and taxation of employee remuneration, including incentive arrangements and employee share schemes. He has also been involved in the development of tax policy and design of taxation laws at state and federal levels, through participation in numerous consultation forums. Interaction with state and federal revenue authorities to clarify and resolve tax matters. His years of in-house experience also provides unique practical insights.

“These extra capabilities will allow us to offer a continued high level of service, with elevated expertise in the areas of superannuation, insurance, broader financial services, cross-border experience, as well as private equity and transfer pricing.

“This will be complemented by our focus on technology to streamline business processes and create efficiencies.

“Our strategy of pursuing larger clients where we can showcase significant value-add has allowed the Tax division to expand significantly in the last year, with Sydney alone seeing 20% growth. We believe we will expand even more in the coming years as these larger engagements continue to enhance our brand profile, awareness and credibility.”

In November 2019, the Australian Financial Review named BDO as the “Fastest Growing Mid-Tier Firm” for the second year running. BDO’s latest global results, released in December 2019 show global revenue topping US$9.6 billion for the year ending 30 September 2019representing a year on year growth of 10.1%.

James has previously worked at KPMG, Macquarie and Deloitte.