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Introducing Leonard Jiang - Our newest Tax Man!

Posted 26 Oct '16

For those of you that haven’t met the newest addition to the team yet, we thought we would create a little introduction for you to get to know him better!

Leonard became the newest member of The Empire team in July, right before we moved to our new premises.

Leonard is an EXCELLENT accountant that probably knows even a smidge more than Beth and Luke (you didn’t hear that here). However at Empire Accountants we don’t hire on skill set alone and it was L-Dawgs big personality that made him the best fit for Team Empire and our work culture.

So without further adieu, here is a little more on Leonard Jiang

Hi Leonard, tell us a bit about yourself!

By day, I’m a Ninja Accountant of Tax and Awesomeness – “someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had, in a way you don’t understand” Also known as ‘Wizard’ or ‘Magician’. And by night, I’m a fitness junkie seeking new ways to push my body to the limit, and foodie looking for new cuisine experiences.

How long have you been an accountant and what are your specialities?

I’ve been a tax accountant for about 6 years now and during this time I have the unique pleasure of working with and advising in various industries and different sized business. But my specialties include foreign taxation, professional and medical services, and business structuring to achieve optimal asset protection, tax minimisation and succession flexibility. So if you ever need some structure in your life, I’m your man!

What do you enjoy most about working with small business owners?

What I enjoy most is being able to share in their successes; whether it is something as large as going through a merger or something little like putting them in touch with their numbers. At the end of the day, I think it is quite rewarding to see these small business owners turn a spark from something they are passionate about into something we can commercialise and share with other people. When you are around people who love what they do, you just can’t help but be inspired.

Who do you like best out of Beth or Luke? Why? (detail required)

That’s a tough one, each have their own quirks and strengths. Beth is quite commercially sound and is a great presenter ~ the show boat, whilst Luke is calm and collected and is technically competent ~ the super man. But my final choice ….. ONLY GOD KNOWS!

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone wanting to start a business in Brisbane?

Hate to be a cliché accountant but KNOW YOUR NUMBERS and GET THE RIGHT BUSINESS STRUCTURE IN PLACE!

You don’t want to find out that your idea was never viable to begin with especially after you have started, and if this is the case, make sure you have an escape route to cut your losses. I don’t want to see your name in the personal insolvency register!

Book a consultation with Leonard today: 07 3124 0244

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