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01  What is TaxPlanet?
02  Is there a difference to other similar organizations?
03  Who can become a member?
04  Are members reviewed before being admitted?
05  What about fees?
06  What about the website?
07  Does TaxPlanet have meetings?
08  Are there rules on how the cooperation has to be carried out?
09  What about TaxPlanet's social networking platform?
10  How to integrate the 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.

The organization is an admission restricted legally non-binding network society among top qualified tax experts, containing some of the best professionals around the world, mainly associated with SME consulting boutiques rather than with Big Four firms. There is no management structure other than for some administrative purposes, whereas professionals may be featured as regional or subject related specialists. The organization is flat, as a network has to be, a self managing society of experts.

TaxPlanet significantly improves the online presence of (international) tax experts. The platform provides a visible and reliable global backdrop, a worldwide network society of tax experts, a top ranked web-presence, and useful tools for easy, powerful and safe group and project work in a worldwide context.

TaxPlanet in a Nutshell

 
02  Is there a difference to other similar organizations?
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 expert listed on the website. 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 preference.

 
03  Who can become a member?
Registration is restricted to people with a higher qualification in (international) taxation and some years of practical experience as a tax expert in a renowned legal or accounting firm, resp. with a different professional career of the same value as regards the field of taxation. The requirements are fairly strong but essential to meet the quality standards in the international market.

Membership

 
04  Are members reviewed before being admitted?
TaxPlanet keeps it simple, Tax Experts who provide evidence to possess the requested competence on the basis of a self-assessment and verifiable information on the internet or other sources, don't need to provide further evidence.

In cases of doubt, further evidence may be requested.

 
05  What about fees?
TaxPlanet builds up on quality and high professionalism in tax matters, fees are of secondary interest. Thus, fees are fair and reasonable as compared to other organizations.

 
06  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.).

 
07  Does TaxPlanet have meetings?
TaxPlanet doesn’t provide and organize meetings. Modern online forms of communication and cooperation make physical meetings more or less redundant. This, however, does not rule out occasional physical meetings namely among members who work together in project groups. Times have changed, physical meetings have become outdated, and doing without safes time and money. TaxPlanet is a network of active professionals who usually are less interested in attending meetings that take them days of time and thousands of dollars that they eventually prefer to spend on other things.

There are more than enough other organizations out there for physical meeting purposes, and many other opportunities to meet each other in one or another tax event (e.g. organized by the International Fiscal Associaton), and TaxPlanet want to be different, also in this regard!

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 eventually going to be established in the next few years. Events would last about 2 to 3 days, corresponding to 16 to 24 credits.

 
08  Are there rules on how the cooperation has to be carried out?
Members are free in how to work together and act as individual contractors. TaxPlanet provides no guidance on how the cooperation has to be carried out.

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

 
09  What about TaxPlanet's social networking platform?
TaxPlanet's social networking platform is a web-application that provides the tools for online communication and cooperation.

The platform runs on an Elgg engine. Elgg is a social networking engine capable of building all kinds of powerful and safe social environments. Other organizations with networking platforms running on Elgg include the Australian Government, NASA, The World Bank, UNESCO, University of Florida, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

TaxPlanet's Social Network

 
10  How to implement the logo on a website?
TaxPlanet logos are available for downloading or implementing on a website via HTML-Code. Logos and the corresponding HTML-Code are provided on the Logo page.

Logo page

 

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