TAXING CAREER MOVE A BREEZE
ACCOUNTANT EXTOLS JOB’S VIRTUES
WHEN the financial year starts winding down, Monique Grandjean and her team of staff are preparing for the workload to ramp up.
As a tax accountant and office manager for the Penrith branch of H&R Block, she helps hundreds of people and businesses with their tax returns every year.
The influx of clients starts from the first day of July with people eager to get their money back and continues solidly right up until the last week of October with the last minute dash to meet the deadline.
“People do not have to make an appointment to come and see us,” Ms Grandjean said.
“We have an average of anywhere between 90 to 110 clients a day and about 10 to 12 computers running every day just to cater for them.”
This period calls for hard work and longer hours, but it is a challenge that Ms Grandjean enjoys.
“There’s so much fun in it – you are always on your toes because it’s constantly changing and we see so many different types of clients,” she said.
“My favourite part is helping clients get the best return that they can.”
Ms Grandjean started with the company as a casual 16 years ago, after completing H&R Block’s income tax course.
“You need to get an 80 per cent or more course grade,” she said.
“I was planning on doing two nights a week but I was loving it so I went full-time.”
With tax returns and assessments to do all year round and constant courses to stay updated, Ms Grandjean said there is always new information to learn.
“When I started in 2000, the individual tax return was only 10 pages and now it’s 14 pages,” she said.