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Last year, the ATO advised that research into the role that bookkeepers perform in the operation of the tax system would continue in 2006-07. It first commenced in 2004. Since that time the ATO has continued to explore and gain an understanding of this role including the needs and concerns of the people performing bookkeeping services. Research into the state of the bookkeeping industry for 2006-07 commenced in November 2006. This research has been co-designed with a number of bookkeeper associations and will monitor trends from previous research and includes a focus on bookkeepers employed in general business.

The ATO is also conducting research into the state of the tax agent industry for 2006-07. This research also commenced in November 2006. This research has been co-designed with the accounting professional associations and will monitor industry trends from previous research including a focus on accountants who are new to, or seeking employment in public practice.

The ATO advises that during the next phase of the research, in March 2007, a questionnaire will be mailed to randomly selected bookkeepers and tax agents.

This research is being conducted on behalf of the ATO by an external research organisation, Taylor Nelson Sofres Australia (TNS). This survey has approval from the Australian Government Statistical Clearing House (approval number 01907-01).

For more information on bookkeeper research, go here

For more information on tax agent research, go here

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