Finding and using a tax practitioner
If you want to have someone prepare or lodge your tax returns, notices or statements, or to provide you with tax advice, you should ensure they are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board.
Tax practitioners include tax agents and BAS agents.
You can check our TPB Register to see if a tax practitioner is registered.
Read our Information for clients fact sheet which outlines your obligations to the ATO and your tax practitioner's obligations to the Tax Practitioners Board.
What services can registered tax practitioners provide?
Registered tax practitioners can charge a fee or receive a reward for providing advice and services to help their clients comply with tax and superannuation laws.
Registered tax practitioners may have a condition imposed on their registration, which means they are only allowed to provide certain types of services. The TPB Register will display any conditions imposed on a tax practitioner’s registration.
Registered BAS agents can only provide some of the services tax agents are registered to provide.
The following table provides examples of some of the services that tax and BAS agents can provide.
|Service or advice that can be provided for a fee or other reward||Tax agents||BAS agents|
|Preparing and lodging tax returns||Yes||No|
|Preparing and lodging BAS||Yes||Yes|
|Applying for an ABN on behalf of a client||Yes||Yes|
|Advice on registration for GST and PAYG withholding||Yes||Yes|
|Fringe benefits tax||Yes||Yes|
|Superannuation guarantee payments||Yes||Yes|
|Dealing with ATO on behalf of a client||Yes||Yes|
|Personal advice on the tax implications of financial advice||Yes||No|
Agreement on services provided by tax practitioners
When using a registered tax agent or BAS agent, we recommend you discuss the following points with them to ensure you know what is expected of you and your tax practitioner:
- your financial situation
- details of the work to be done and when it needs to be done by
- how much the work will cost, or general information about the practitioner’s fee structure
- where your refund will be sent (if applicable)
- how long you can expect to wait to receive your refund (if applicable).
Many registered tax practitioners will ask you to sign a letter of engagement, which sets out both parties' obligations in relation to the work to be done by the practitioner.
- Search the register - check if the tax practitioner you are using is registered
- Unregistered preparers - do not take big risks by using an unregistered preparer
- Unregistered preparers strategy - read about our compliance approach in dealing with unregistered preparers and our successful cases
- Make a complaint - you can make a complaint about a tax practitioner whether registered or not
- Registered tax practitioner symbol - tax practitioners use this symbol to show they are registered with the TPB
Last modified: 29 July 2022