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12 Sep 08 Change to the Tax Office Proof of Identity (POI) process for third party representatives of non-individuals entities

The ATO is holding a teleconference today, Friday 12 September 2008 to discuss the changes to POI processes for all inbound calls to the ATO for authorised third party representatives for non-individuals entities, which took effect on 1 July 2008. From 1 July 2008, an authorised representative for a non-individual entity is required establish their own identity and to be confirmed as the authorised representative for that non-individual as recorded on the ATO systems. There are also now five items of proof that can be accepted, callers must satisfy three of the five. These include the ATO confirming the entities account to ensure that this person is in fact registered as an authorised representative and for which 'roles' (eg GST, PAYG, Income Tax, Superannuation etc) the representative can discuss. These changes were not extensively communicated to authorised representatives of a non-individual entity which includes lawyers, bookkeepers and accountants.

A TAXVINE update will be provided next week on any important outcomes from today's meeting.

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