In an article published recently, Accounting Today highlights what several Bennett Thrasher professionals are up to this summer, including Aaron Epp and Rachel Cash’s secondment in Australia and partner Kelly Smith’s adventures in Ireland.
From July to October this year, Aaron and Rachel are participating in Bennett Thrasher’s exchange program with Daniel Allison & Associates, an affiliate firm located in Melbourne, Australia. While in the land down under, Aaron and Rachel are handling small and large audits, working directly with DA & Associates’ staff and partners, getting to know clients and working with different accounting methodology mandated by the Australian Accounting Standards Board.
Overall, the experience in Australia provides associates with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be fully immersed in a new culture, build lasting relationships and work with clients that are far from home.
Meanwhile, Kelly was journeying through Ireland on a Game of Thrones tour, making her way through Northern Ireland where many of the scenes were filmed and where her now-fiancé proposed. She saw the GoT studio, costumes and sets, including Castle Ward where the scenes in Winterfell were filmed.
While in Ireland, Kelly also learned about issues that were relevant to her practice at Bennett Thrasher. “My practice is in real estate, and a lot of what I do is inbound taxation. I have a lot of clients based in Ireland, and it was educational to understand why they would come to the U.S. to invest, rather than investing here,” Kelly explains. Based on her conversations with locals, there are not many opportunities for development in the country due to land use regulations. “There is a desire to keep farmland as farmland, and this plays into the limited development opportunities, along with geographical restrictions.
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