Miscellaneous 2011

Accountants cannot give legal advice: What that means for them, their clients and the lawyers

Source: Taxation In Australia Journal Article

Published Date: 1 May 2011


A recent AAT decision highlighted a problem that has existed for many years. Accountants have long-believed that they are entitled to give advice, including legal advice, about the operation of tax laws.

This article considers the extent to which accountants’ “bread and butter” work involves the provision of legal advice.

The article discusses why accountants incorrectly believe that they can give legal advice, the risks for accountants who give legal advice, and how tax practitioners can ameliorate those risks. The article concludes with some suggested curative approaches.

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