Tax agents are among Australia's most highly skilled professionals. They are more than just accountants or bookkeepers — tax agents have the expertise and knowledge necessary to help clients across every sector complete their all-important income tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
As a tax agent, you can assist businesses and individuals on tax issues big and small. Your clients can confidently focus on their lives and businesses, knowing that their tax needs are in expert hands.
To become a tax agent, you must have an unwavering attention to detail, a high level of numeracy, and a keen, analytical mind. Plus, to be a registered tax agent, approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to work across Australia, you need some formal qualifications and experience – which is where we can help.
As members of a trusted and respected profession, tax agents are heavily regulated. In particular, tax agents must adhere to the TPB's Code of Professional Conduct. The Code regulates your professional and personal conduct, and it is important you understand how it affects you as you invest time and resources into your tax career.
Tax agents must:
By adhering to the Code of Professional Conduct, you won't just preserve the integrity of the tax profession – you will provide clients with the reassurance they need to trust you with their important tax issues.
Business leaders trust tax agents with the financial issues that matter most. It is unsurprising, then, that tax agents must complete rigorous training before they can practice in Australia. But the hard work is worth it — once you are qualified, you are part of one of the world's most respected professions.
If you are aiming to become a tax agent, you must consult with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to find out what is required, based on the experience and qualifications you already have. For example, you may have to:
If you're unsure whether you meet the tax agent requirements, contact the TPB and they can advise you further.
Tax agents hold a reputable professional status. As such, you may not be able to register with the TPB as a tax agent in Australia unless you complete Board-approved tax courses in:
These courses ensure that you have the depth and breadth of knowledge you need to offer clients across every industry the most accurate tax advice possible. At The Tax Institute, we can help you satisfy the second and third of these educational requirements.
If you want to meet the Tax Practitioners Board's qualifications requirement for tax agent registration, enrol in our Tax Agent Program. Our online and interactive subjects not only provide virtual classrooms and webinars to study remotely, but they also allow you to take your final assessment at a place that suits you best.
Approved by the Board, our program gives you the skills, knowledge and expertise you will need to succeed as a tax agent. You will work through the following subjects:
We also provide the three core commercial law subjects you will need to offer clients reliable, accurate and comprehensive advice — CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems, CommLaw2 Entities and Business Structures and CommLaw3 Property Law and satisfy TPB requirements for registration
Completing our Tax Agent Program means you've met the educational requirements to apply for your tax agent registration. For further details on our wide range of tax courses, contact us now.