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Renew your tax agent registration

Renewing your tax agent registration

Generally, you must apply to renew your registration at least 30 days before it expires. You will remain registered until we make a decision on your application. If approved, your registration will be renewed for at least three years.

If you fail to renew your registration on time and your registration has expired, you cannot provide tax agent services for a fee or other reward and you will lose access to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Tax Agent Portal.
 

Requirements for renewing your registration

If you are an individual tax agent:

  1. you must be a fit and proper person
  2. you must satisfy the qualifications and relevant experience requirements
  3. you must meet our continuing professional education requirements
  4. you must maintain, or show that you will be able to maintain, professional indemnity (PI) insurance that meets our requirements
  5. complete an online application form and provide all supporting documents.

If you are a company or partnership tax agent:

  1. each director and/or partner must be a fit and proper person
  2. you must maintain, or show that you will be able to maintain, PI insurance that meets our requirements
  3. you must show that you have a sufficient number of registered individual tax agents to provide tax agent services to a competent standard and to carry out supervisory arrangements
  4. in addition, company tax agents and companies that are a partner in a partnership tax agent:
    • must not be under external administration
    • must not have been convicted of a serious taxation offence or an offence involving fraud or dishonesty during the previous five years
  5. complete an online application form and provide all supporting documents.
     
Checklist - Information required to renew your registration

For individual tax agents

  • If you needed to undertake further study to complete a Board approved course in commercial law, you will need electronic copies of academic transcripts and course outlines to show you have completed the required qualifications.
  • Details of voting membership for any recognised tax agent association, if applicable.
  • Details of your relevant experience.

For partnership and company tax agents

  • Details of the sufficient number of registered individual tax agents.
  • Personal details for all directors and partners who are not registered as individual tax agents.

Application fee

You must pay the application fee in full when you apply to renew your registration:

  • $500 – if you are carrying on a business as a tax agent
  • $250 – if you are not carrying on a business as a tax agent.
     

After lodging your application

We will advise you after the decision is made to either grant or reject your application for renewal of registration. We aim to process complete applications within 30 days of receiving them.

If your application is rejected, we will:

  • advise you of the reasons for our decision and of your appeal rights
  • notify the ATO of our decision.


Further information

 

Last modified: 6 July 2017