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Support to tax practitioners affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

16 March 2020

Support extended for tax practitioners affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, we have extended many of our temporary concessions to assist you to meet your obligations with us. 

Annual declaration concession

CPE activities relaxed

Board approved courses - assessment concessions

Renewal concessions


Annual declaration concession

We have extended the exemption to complete annual declarations until 31 December 2021. This means if your annual declaration is due on or before 31 December 2021, you do not have to complete it until 2022 or 2023 (if your registration renewal is due in 2022).

However, you must still meet the ongoing obligations to maintain your tax agent, BAS agent or tax (financial) adviser registration, including:

  • maintaining professional indemnity (PI) insurance and notifying us of your updated PI insurance details via My Profile
  • undertaking continuing professional education (CPE)
  • satisfying our fit and proper requirements
  • complying with the Code of Professional Conduct, part of which include meeting your personal tax obligations and that of your related entities.


CPE activities relaxed

We have extended our temporary revised approach to what activities will meet our CPE requirements.

Technical or professional reading activity

We have extended the removal of the 25% cap for relevant technical/professional reading activity in our CPE policy until 31 December 2021. However, you must first and foremost, explore and undertake CPE offerings and keep a log book detailing all the CPE activities undertaken.

It is important to note that while the 25% professional reading cap has been temporarily lifted, all elements of our CPE requirements still apply, including:

  • the number of CPE hours you must complete over a three-year registration period
  • the minimum number of CPE hours you are required to undertake annually
  • undertaking activities relevant to the services you are registered to provide.

For further information about our CPE policy, visit tpb.gov.au/cpe

Educative health and well-being activities

We also acknowledge that during this difficult time, it is important to manage your mental health and wellbeing in order to continue to provide services to your clients. Therefore, we will continue to temporarily accept a small amount of educative health and wellbeing activities undertaken until 31 December 2021. These could include activities such as attending webinars about how to manage stress and self-care, as being a relevant CPE activity that will count towards your CPE hours for TPB purposes. However, the vast majority of your CPE activities must still be relevant to the tax (financial) advice, tax agent or BAS services you provide that maintain, develop or promote your skills, knowledge or attributes.

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Board approved courses - assessment concessions

For Board approved courses, where supervised assessments cannot be conducted in line with our requirements, we will continue to consider the use of alternative assessment arrangements on a case by case basis. These concessions have been extended to 31 December 2021.

For further details refer to Board approved course requirements - concessions for COVID-19.
 

Renewal concessions

If you are unable to lodge your registration renewal application on time or falling short of relevant experience to meet the renewal requirements, contact us and we will work with you to determine the best course of action to assist you.


Further information

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Last modified: 25 May 2021