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Death of a tax agent

Death of a tax agent

When a registered tax agent dies, their registration with the TPB must be terminated.

Following the death of a registered tax agent, it is important that the executor, next of kin or other representative notify us as soon as possible.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time and our procedures are designed to assist you in making appropriate arrangements in relation to the tax agent’s practice.
 

How should you notify us

Complete our online form to notify the death of a registered tax agent.


What happens after you notify

When we receive advice about the death of a tax agent, we will:

  • write to the executor of the estate advising the date when the tax agent's registration will cease, which is usually 60 days after the date of our written notice to the executor
  • terminate the tax agent’s registration on the advised date
  • notify the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of the date that the registration will cease and the reason for termination
  • publish the notice of cessation of the tax agent’s registration in the Government Notices Gazette
  • record the termination of the tax agent’s registration on the TPB Register which will remain for a period of 12 months from the date the registration ceases.


What should be done with client files?

The maintenance of client files of the deceased tax agent will depend on:

  • any estate planning directives in place
  • the structure of the deceased agent's business.

Some businesses will cease when a tax agent dies, some will transition to a new registered tax agent and others can continue to operate because other registered tax agents within the business provide adequate supervision and control.

The executor should notify the tax agent's clients about the death and obtain the clients' permission before transferring client information to a third party.
 

Access to ATO online services

Once we notify the ATO of the date and reason for termination, the ATO will close the tax agent’s access to its electronic interface systems including the practitioner lodgment service (PLS) and Online services for agents. 

Enquiries relating to ATO systems, including matters relating to client lists, should be directed to the ATO. Visit www.ato.gov.au
 

Further information 

If you need any further information or assistance please contact us.


Last modified: 30 November 2019