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James McNaught CA
Accounting & Tax Partner
James joined Carbon in 2020, bringing an extensive nine years of experience from PwC to the table. After only one year, James stepped up into the role of Accounting & Tax Partner through our path to partnership program.
James came to Carbon with the desire to work directly with business owners and build deeper connections with his clients. With that in mind, it will come as no surprise that James’ favourite part of his day is helping his clients to understand tax and join the gaps in their knowledge.
Business tips from James
- I believe we’ve gotten to a stage where technology is doing much of the heavy lifting of compliance in the accounting industry, so it’s become vital that your advisor can break down complex issues, and one that you enjoy working with on a personal level.
- Keep the communication lines open with your accountant. We care about your business and its success! Carbon is unique in that our clients communicate directly with Partners, which means you can quickly and easily reach us.
- Understand cash versus accruals and get your accountant to explain when you need to know the difference. Often business owners think of profitability in terms of how much money they have in the bank but it doesn’t always tell the whole story.
Get to know James
His perfect weekend includes dinner out with his wife and a glass (or bottle) of wine. James has travelled to many places, but still believes Perth is the best place to be. He is a jazz fan, and even plays the saxophone!
A friend who had many years of experience once said to me, ‘We have two ears and one mouth for a reason’. On face value it sounds silly, but he’s right: Listen to your clients or customers, people, and those around you. Be collaborative. Having the ability to listen with empathy has gotten me to where I am.