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Issued: 1 August 2022

Last modified: 1 August 2022

Today the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has released four draft guidance documents for public consultation. This includes three new and one updated guidance document for tax practitioners.

The three new guidance documents explain with examples:

  • the types of services that constitute a tax agent service 

  • the types of services that constitute a BAS service

  • the types of arrangements that determine if a tax agent or BAS service is being provided for a fee or other reward. 

Releasing these documents, the TPB Chair Mr Ian Klug AM said, ‘These guidance documents will help those who are unsure to determine whether they should be registered with the TPB. There are significant penalties for those providing tax agent or BAS services for a fee or other reward without being registered with the TPB.’

The other draft document that the TPB has released today for consultation is an update to the existing confidentiality of client information guidance. The TPB has now included guidance on how the confidentiality obligations apply to tax practitioners when they disclose information under the tax whistleblowing laws and non-compliance with laws and regulations (NoCLAR) framework (see paragraphs 29 to 41 and Examples 7 and 8 in this draft guidance).

Mr Klug said, ‘Tax practitioners play an important role in maintaining the integrity of tax system. This guidance assists tax practitioners in ensuring that when they report unlawful tax activities to eligible authorities, they are not breaching their confidentiality obligations under the Code of Professional Conduct.’

Comments invited 

All four draft guidance are open for consultation until 12 September 2022. Submissions can be sent by email to or by mail to Tax Practitioners Board, GPO Box 1620, Sydney NSW 2001. 

The TPB will consider all submissions received before finalising its position. 

About the Tax Practitioners Board

The Tax Practitioners Board regulates tax practitioners in order to protect consumers. The TPB aims to assure the community that tax practitioners meet appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct. Follow us on Twitter @TPB_gov_auFacebook and LinkedIn.