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Carolyn Lamour, Director of Registrations, Tax Practitioners Board, responds to Member 165, who had issues with aspects of the TPB's renewal requirements - see 2012 TAXVINE No 29 (3 August 2012):

"The registration requirements for tax agents and BAS agents are set out in the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA). he requirements vary according to the regulation agents are applying under.

The introduction of TASA widened the registration pathways an agent could apply under and practitioners such as quantity surveyors and research & development consultants can now register if they are providing tax agent services.

Where agents do not have the usual tax agent experience, we require other evidence of experience and competency. The Board has to be assured that the experience can be verified and in many circumstances they cannot be verified by a tax agent, simply because there was no tax agent involved.

Therefore, apart from accepting self-certifications of experience, the Board looks for other evidence about the experience and competency of an applicant. Clients are often in a good position to know where work has been done competently. They know, for example, whether there has been any issue raised by the ATO with the work, whether the work has been completed in a timely manner, in accordance with expectations as to fees and appears to be correct.

As usual, we invite anyone who is unclear about the Board’s requirements to contact us. Our enquiries number is 1300 362 829."

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