Not-for-profit organisations the SME Association of Australia (SMEA) and Taxpayers Australia have announced an alliance that will provide benefits for the members of both professional membership based organisations.
The SMEA, of which My Business is the official publication, works to support and equip SMEs for success and economic growth and are committed to prosperity for Australia through successful SMEs. Taxpayers Australia is an NFP committed to a fairer and more transparent taxation system for all Australian taxpayers.
SMEA CEO Craig West said the alliance between the two organisations will provide many opportunities and benefits including a platform for joint networking activities, information sharing, cross pollination of ideas and development of additional member focused services and programs.
For members of SMEA, Taxpayers Australia will be able to provide independent, up-to-date tax advice geared to the needs of SMEs and their owners, potentially saving them time and money in both taxation and professional fees. Taxpayers Australia’s extensive range of taxation and superannuation events, webinars and publications will open a wealth of knowledge for those members of SMEA who want to understand and control their own taxation affairs.
“Governments of all persuasions have failed to address the concerns of SMEs and their owners,” Wes said. “A significant outcome of the SMEA and Taxpayers Australia alliance will be a stronger united voice to advocate on behalf of SMEs and represent their interests in the corridors of government and with the ATO.”
Taxpayers Australia Head of Tax Mark Chapman added that the alliance with SMEA will take his organisation back to its roots as the voice of SME businesses in the Australian taxation system.
“For our members, many of whom are accountants and tax agents as well as being SMEs in their own right, this alliance will provide substantial additional benefits including 12 months membership of SMEA and complimentary subscription to My Business magazine – the magazine dedicated to SMEs. “A further benefit for the members of both organisations will be the opportunity to network and promote their respective businesses to a larger group of fellow business owners. Taxpayers Australia members will be listed on the SMEA database giving them valuable exposure to more than 18,500 SMEA members across Australia.”
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