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27 Mar 15 On reapplying for BAS registration - the ATO responds

In 2015 TAXVINE No 9 (20 March 2015) MEMBER 50 wrote:

“As busy as we all are I blame myself for letting my BAS Agent registration lapse by a few weeks. Working a 72 hour week makes it difficult to keep up with registrations.

Because I was so late, I was told I could no longer pay for re-registration, I had to reapply. Sounds easy? I submitted all the same paperwork as when I was first registered only to be told that this is now insufficient and that I had to complete training courses. The additional cost to me to complete training in what I already know is ridiculous. Even more so when I had to do imaginary payroll for 4 imaginary people when for the last 15 years I have spent every week processing payroll for 50 employees. Even more so when I had to let the training company know that there is a massive amount of errors in their training manual. Here’s an example of errors:

Topic 2: Fringe benefits & other taxes

If your FBT was higher than the threshold you will need to pay you FBT quarterly.

The FBT year runs from 1st April to 31st May.

I am a CPA, I have a Master’s Degree in accounting, I am a member of the Tax Institute but I have to pay for training and then train the trainer?”

THE ATO NOW RESPONDS:

“The TPB sends renewal reminders by email at 60 days, 45 days, and an SMS 7 days, before a registration is due to expire. Registered practitioners must make sure their email address and mobile number are up-to-date with the TPB to receive these reminders.

There are two pathways for BAS agent registration. With either pathway, BAS agents have to demonstrate they have met the education requirements in order to register. BAS agents who initially registered under the transitional provisions need to show that they meet the education requirements when they renew their registration. Some course providers offer ‘challenge tests’ for people with high levels of experience, so you can sit the exam rather than complete the full training.

Depending on your relevant experience, you may also have been eligible to register as a tax agent as a member of The Tax Institute under item 206.

If practitioners have any issues with the quality of courses that claim to meet the Board approved course requirements, they should lodge their complaint with the course provider first. They can also contact the TPB. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency also provides information about other avenues for complaint.”


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