Robyn Jacobson takes out double win at the Australian Accounting Awards 2020

The Tax Institute’s Senior Advocate, Robyn Jacobson, CTA, has won two awards in the Australian Accounting Awards 2020, including being named Thought Leader of the Year and the prestigious Accountants Daily Excellence Award 2020.

“Recognition as the Thought Leader of the Year is an incredible honour and privilege, and affirms that a single voice can make a difference. I am passionate about tax and the profession so this is incredibly special to me,” said Robyn.

The Thought Leader of the Year award category recognises an individual within the accounting industry who has shown a committed passion and aptitude for improving the profession. This follows Robyn’s award win of Thought Leader of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards 2019 and her inclusion in the global Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019.

Robyn Jacobson

The Thought Leader of the Year award is aimed at recognising an accounting professional who is able to “clearly articulate the desired direction of the industry” and to champion growth and development, both for the industry and those within it. Business leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to the industry were key judging factors.

Along with the title of Thought Leader of the Year, Robyn won the coveted Accountants Daily Excellence Award 2020, which is presented to the individual award winner with the highest overall score.“Continual tax and superannuation law amendments by successive governments over the last four decades have resulted in an almost insurmountable assortment of technical provisions, regulations, case law and ATO guidance. There is a need for clear, accurate communications that are objective, unbiased and informative. I endeavour to impart such information to the tax profession,” said Robyn.

Related: read Robyn’s recent breakdown of JobKeeper key dates and payroll cycles

Robyn’s advocacy work includes sitting on various ATO and Treasury consultations, advocating for legislative changes to proposed bills before Parliament, her extensive social media content and her avid contributions to the profession through blogs, podcasts, columns and media comment.

Some of Robyn’s volunteering accomplishments include serving as, Vice Chair (SME) of The Tax Institute’s Victorian Tax Forum organising committee, a member of The Tax Institute’s Private Business Tax Retreat and Noosa Tax Intensive organising committees and the Tax Institute’s Victorian Professional Development committee. She is also the immediate past Chair of CPA Australia’s Victorian Public Practice Committee.

She has also dedicated herself to advancing the interests of the accounting profession and improving tax policy and administration.

Related: read Robyn’s recent Accountant’s Daily column on using journals to make Div 7A loan repayments

The Tax Institute would also like to congratulate all the finalists and winners, particularly members Shane Crommelin, CTA who was named Partner Of The Year and Teddy Kosasih, CTA, who was awarded the title of Accounting Consultant Of The Year.

“Congratulations to the other winners and finalists on the night, especially to my fellow Tax Institute members,” Robyn said.

About the Australian Accounting Awards 2020

The Australian Accounting Awards recognise excellence across the accounting industry.  The awards showcase firms and individuals who have shown leading professional development and innovation, across a number of categories.


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