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On 14 September 2012, the Tax Practitioners Board (the TPB) issued Information sheet TPB(I) 14/2012 entitled "Tertiary qualifications in a discipline other than accountancy for tax agents".

The Information sheet provides an overview of the Board’s position in relation to the application of item 202 in Schedule 2 of the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009 (TASR).

Item 202 contains one of the 6 options for meeting the qualifications and experience requirements for registration, including renewal of registration, as a tax agent. This item permits applicants who have tertiary qualifications in a discipline other than accountancy to be registered as tax agents, subject to meeting the other requirements of the item and other registration requirements, such as being a fit and proper person.

While the Information sheet seeks to provide practical assistance and explanation, the TPB says that it does not exhaust, prescribe or limit the scope of the TPB’s powers provided in the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 and the TASR.


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