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01  What is TaxPlanet?
02  How is the network legally structured?
03  What's the difference to other similar networks?
04  Who can become a member?
05  Are prospective members subject to a quality review?
06  What about member fees?
07  What about the website?
08  Does the network have regular meetings?
09  Are there any rules on how the cooperation has to be carried out?
10  What about TaxPlanet Connect, TaxPlanet's internal networking platform?
11  How to display the TaxPlanet logo on a website?

 
01  What is TaxPlanet?
TaxPlanet is a worldwide network of independent legal and accounting professionals specializing in tax, both at national and international levels.

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02  How is the network legally structured?
TaxPlanet is a network of independent tax advisors (members), an organisation without legal status and capacity. The organisation itself does not provide any services. All members are independent contractors, no legal affiliation exists among them, each member is solely responsible for its own obligations and not authorized to obligate other members or the organisation as a whole.

Membership does not establish legally binding commitments or obligations, e.g. cancellation from membership is anytime possible without any financial or other implications.

The establishment of a legal entity will be worth considering in due course, e.g. an association according to Art. 60 ff of the Swiss Civil Code. Once the pool of experts exceeds the number of about 100 tax advisors, the time might have come to take a closer look at it. The larger the number of heads in the pool of experts, the better will be the results regarding the constituion of the associaton.

 
03  What's the difference to other similar networks?
Legal and accounting networks are most often quite big and non-specialized, and although they may have specialized groups within their organizations, not seldom lack a certain level of strength and market coverage within one or another area of expertise. There is often no clear profile, except that they seem to be skilled in everything.

TaxPlanet, in contrast, is taking a focused and tailored approach. This allows the achievement of an optimal size, strength and worldwide coverage within a clearly defined and demarcated area of expertise, and thus also brings maximum exposure and value to every single tax advisor listed in the pool of experts. In other words, technical aspects (expertise) and a strong joint market appearance outweigh the aspect of referring work to each other. The emphasis on this aspect does, however, not devalue the other. Both is important, it's just a question of the preference.

 
04  Who can become a member?
Admission is granted to professionals with a higher qualification in (international) taxation and some years of practical experience in a renowned legal or accounting firm.

The admission requirements are fairly strong but essential to meet the quality standards in the global market. However, the system is elastic, and admission is also granted in case of varying professional backgrounds of the same value.

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05  Are prospective members subject to a quality review?
TaxAdvisors who provide evidence to possess the requested competence on the basis of a self-assessment and reliable information on the internet or other sources, don't need to provide further evidence.

In cases of reasonable doubt, further evidence may be requested.

 
06  What about member fees?
It's annoying to talk about fees, so we are not going to do it at this place. TaxPlanet builds up on quality and high professionalism in tax matters, fees are of secondary interest. Thus, our fees are fair and reasonable as compared to other similar organizations.

 
07  What about the website?
The website is operated under a long and well-established premium domain that provides high visibility and top results for all its contents (profiles, publications, news etc.).

The site contains a research section with mainly tax and tax-related information and links to information on countries and issues at national, supranational and international levels, a magazine, and for every tax advisor in the pool of experts a profile with contact details and a sub-page for publications.

Publications appear at various places, (1) on the publication page of the author, (2) in the research section unter country guides on the news and topics page of the country concerned, (3) recent publications also on the notice board, and (4) in case of being a news article also in the magazine.

 
08  Does the network have regular meetings?
Meetings and other events are preferably initiated, organized and hosted by members in consultation with the administration. They can take place anytime and everywhere, provided enough people sign up to attend.

An international tax college located in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland and accredited by professional bodies to award CPD-Credits for continuing professional education is being planned. Events are expected to last about 2 to 5 days (16 to 40 credits) plus an optional one day excursion to the Alps.

 
09  Are there any rules on how the cooperation has to be carried out?
Members are independent contractors and thus free in terms of cooperation. TaxPlanet provides no guidance on how the cooperation should be carried out.

However, where useful and desired, some non-binding guidance could be provided.

 
10  What about TaxPlanet Connect, TaxPlanet's internal networking platform?
TaxPlanet Connect is TaxPlanet's intranet, an elgg-based facebook-like social networking platform that provides the tools for online communication and collaboration (under development, not yet activated).

Elgg is a highly flexible and powerful social networking engine that delivers the tools to enable businesses, governments, schools, universities and associations to create their own fully-featured social networks and applications. Organizations with networks powered by Elgg include the Australian Government, Harvard University, NASA, Stanford University, The World Bank, UNESCO, University of Florida etc.

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11  How to display the TaxPlanet logo on a website?
A variety of TaxPlanet logos are available for downloading or for installing on a website via HTML-Code. The logos and the corresponding HTML-Code are provided on the Logo page.

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