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TPB takes alleged unregistered tax agent to federal court

Friday, June 29, 2012

TPB takes alleged unregistered tax agent to federal court

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) commenced proceedings on 1 June 2012 in the Federal Court, Brisbane, against Isabella Munro for alleged breaches of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA).

The TPB is seeking orders including an injunction and that Ms Munro pay a pecuniary penalty as her conduct is alleged to contravene the civil penalty provisions of section 50-5(1) of the TASA.

Ms Munro is suspected of having provided tax agent services for a fee to individuals without being registered in relation to the 2010 and 2011 financial years.

A spokesperson for the TPB said 'This legislation is designed to protect taxpayers from unqualified tax agents and BAS agents. The Board strongly urges individuals and businesses to only use agents who are registered with the TPB.'
To become registered as a tax agent or BAS agent, a person, company or partnership must apply to the TPB and meet certain requirements, including a fit and proper person test, and have relevant experience and other qualifications, such as the appropriate education.

Members of the public can find out if a person or entity is a registered tax agent or BAS agent, or lodge a complaint about a tax agent through the TPB’s website at www.tpb.gov.au.

The Tax Practitioners Board was established on 1 March 2010 to protect consumers by regulating tax agents and BAS agents and those who should register with the Board.