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Petition to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Rt Hon Winston Peters, Hon Grant Robertson, Rt Hon Jacinda Adern, The Coalition Government

Change NZ Accounting Law

We the undersigned respectfully ask that Accounting Law changes be made to ensure that  Accountants/Chartered Accountants and Book Keepers take their role more seriously - whether their clients are private, large companies, small business owners. Sole Traders in particular need protection from financial exploitation, etc as do Special Needs clients. We do not think Clients should pay exorbitant fees for  what mainly boils down to excessive use of  data entry skills - where ten fingers get your books done faster than two.  On a daily basis we see too many businesses going into liquidation, receivership, etc. (Please refer to the NZ Herald's Public Notices section).  Behind every unsuccessful and successful business is an Accountant /Chartered Accountant and/or Book Keeper. Behind the loss of a business are stories  of being powerless to do anything, emotional pain which leads to depression, anxiety, PTSD, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, increase in car accidents, selfharm/ suicide attempts (the psychological price of losing a business) and in desperate circumstances  -  ending ones life completely  (the psychological price of entrepreneurship). We are talking about Corporate Bullying of a different kind that has been missed by many or conveniently overlooked.  Reporting on a business's financial position often rather than once a year is important. There are huge variances in reporting, customer service, level of commitment to the job, etc.  Types of services vary as well.  An Accountant/Chartered Accountant/Book Keeper should explain their role properly and fully at the first point of contact - there should be no surprises further down the track. Charge out rates (like customer service,   services offered and reporting), etc are all over the place eg $45 per hour (reasonable) to $750 per hour (unreasonable)  just for having your bank reconciliation, profit and loss statements done. Accounting software or cloud based accounting platforms make completing the job more efficient and supposedly more cost effective for the client. There are in fact more variances in other areas including professional conduct, bias towards special needs clients, etc. There are professional accounting bodies like CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand) but we have no concerns with them. It is Accounting Law  that needs to go further to address disparities and variances that have been apparent for a long time.  An Accountant/Chartered Accountant and Book Keeper has a responsible job. They are looking after other people's money, the Client's financial livelihood, a company's finances. Some Accountants/Chartered Accountants offer business support or mentoring in industries that they have no experience in and subsequently give the wrong advice resulting in disaster. The astute Accountants/Chartered Accountants/Book Keepers need to be separated from the ones who aren't.  More importantly the individual and business community deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity by their Accountant/Chartered Accountant and Book Keeper. Change NZ Accounting Law offers a solution. Thank you.  Please support Lisa Cowe's petition: Shut down insolvency watch. co.nz.   If you or someone else you know can relate to any  points raised, please draw their attention to this petition and shared on your Facebook and/or Twitter page. We especially want to hear from business owners who have been through bankruptcy, liquidation processes, etc. If you need support, wish to discuss this petition with me, please contact  Fiona at 02108520271 or email: fionagreen@xtra.co.nz. ADDENDUM We have received the following feedback:  "Accountants.  What could they do differently? A lot.  Helping Clients create 'Cashflow Positive' businesses would be a good start.  Educate Clients about their tax obligations.  Actually give business advice that suits the Client's business and goals.  Learn more about the real impact of insolvency so they can advise Clients - correctly.  Halve their fees and share knowledge with Clients .  Encourage Clients to grow their businesses to support their communities."  Ford WARNING: (1)  If an Accountant/Chartered Accountant/Book Keeper asks you to sign anything before they take you on as a Client we suggest (a) sign nothing. (2) Re:  End of Year Financials.  Do not sign a 'compilation report' until you have studied your 'End of Year Financials' carefully. Again, run this 'compilation report' by someone who understands at the least, the links between the balance sheet figures and those on the profit and loss account.  Be sure you understand what a balance sheet is and what it represents.  We suggest you attend bankruptcy cases at your local high court to gain further insights and to broaden your knowledge about our petition themes. Survive NZ Accounting Law. Here is some music to help you along.   https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=QasmSxbkEog&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6K7V0Kx68mc%26feature%3Dshare      

fiona green
67 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Missouri House of Representatives Todd Richardson, Gail McCann Beatty

Impeach Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

 Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted and booked Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge for taking a photograph of a nude bound woman. Audio was released claiming he had blackmailed her as this took place while he was running for governor.Governor Gretiens was elected after the public was bombarded with adds featuring him shooting over 100 rounds from an automatic weapon. In the light of recent school shootings this is especially disturbing. Eric Greitens and his senior staff use an app that deletes text messages after they’ve been read, raising concerns among transparency advocates. Greitens received a single $1.975 million "dark money" donation, money that in one day went from a generic nonprofit organization called American Policy Coalition Inc. to a generic federal super PAC called SEALS for Truth to Greitens' campaign fund — a complex paper shuffle that had no apparent purpose but to get around state disclosure rules and legally hide the origin of the money. Greitens this year was fined by state election officials for failing to disclose that his campaign obtained a donor list from The Mission Continues, the nonprofit group that ex-Navy SEAL Greitens founded for returning veterans before he entered politics.Eric Greitens is wrong for Missouri, and should be impeached. Since 2008, there have been no limits on political contributions in Missouri, leading to six- and seven-figure contributions becoming commonplace in some races. This had led to power abuse and fraud. Missouri should not be represented by a man who abuses women or makes violent displays with military grade weapons.Please sign this petition to urge the Missouri House of Representatives to take action.

Bill Galloway
42 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, Michael R. Pence, The Honorable Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr., The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, The Honorable Paul Davis Ryan, Jr., The Supreme Court Of The United States

Got 15 Minutes to Save Our Country?

Dear Fellow Citizens: As most of us innately sense, our country, the United States of America, is at a critical juncture in its history.  We also know that we, collectively, somehow are in control of its future.  The question most of us have is:  what can just one individual (i.e., me) do? Glad you asked. It so happens that the Founding Fathers graciously left you (and all of us) all the tools we need - 15 of 'em. So, if you, as I do, love this amazing country of ours and desire to preserve our democracy for future generations, I have a simple request. It is time for you and me and all our citizens, “We the People,” to re-focus our attention on 15 founding principles and necessary complementary ideals.  And, by spending just 15 minutes a day (wait a minute....is that really too much to ask for your country?? Come on, man.....you know you can do it) focusing your thoughts on the following ideals, you can be part of a powerful movement to change our country’s trajectory.  Really. (Read the update to this petition below called, Wow, It Works! for a story proving it does.) So, here are the 15 crucial ideals necessary to preserve our timeless (and truly brilliant) form of government: Truth Liberty EqualityJusticeRule of LawEnlightenmentWisdomCourageIntegrityHumilityUnityThe Common GoodEmpathyForgivenessLove If you agree that these are basic ideals that should continue to govern our country’s future, simply sign this petition. In doing so, you commit to spend one minute per ideal (only 15 minutes each day - and that's NOT really too much to ask for your country - you probably already spend that much time in line at Starbucks, and you could do this while there and make the time fly by!) simply focusing your thoughts, hopes and dreams on each ideal. That’s all I am asking you to do. If you can’t spare 15 minutes, then pick the 5 ideals that resonate the most with you, and give 5 minutes a day. It will matter.  You can do this anywhere – in your car, in the shower, while at lunch, sitting in a boring meeting or while standing in line at any store.  It's that easy!   If people ask you what you are doing, simply smile and tell them and ask them to join you. This simple act of collective focus (whether you prefer to call it the “quiet strength of meditation,” the “power of prayer,” or just the “goodwill of well-intended people”) will shift the dynamics of our country’s path forward. You can engage in this simple civic act either alone or in concert with a group, which I encourage you to seek for support and to strengthen our communities (calling all teachers, ministers and civic leaders!)  Again, it matters not whether you call it meditation, prayer or just wishing for the best – our collective focus on these ideals will start the shift that is needed to bring our country back to its rightful moral foundation built upon the highest ideals mankind can offer. And, *as an added bonus,* you can think of these 15 ideals as "yardsticks" you can use to measure current events and news articles.  As you read a story or someone mentions a political topic to you, ask yourself:  is it the #Truth? Does it reflect #Wisdom? Does this demonstrate #Courage?  Promote #Unity and #TheCommonGood? etc. If you believe in this country and the power of a people united in thought and intention to make positive changes, then join me in focusing our collective thoughts on these ideals and in demanding our leaders (ALL of our elected or appointed representatives – federal, state and local - and our elected or appointed judges, respective of Party affiliation) to think, speak and act in accordance with them. Thank you for joining me - be sure to follow us on Twitter (@toSaveUSA) and share this petition with three of your friends (https://www.change.org/p/got-15-minutes-to-save-our-country - do it for yourself and for your children and theirs. We are all in this together. Your fellow citizen, Paula Atkinson

Paula Atkinson
266 supporters