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Taking action against unregistered service providers

Editor: It is pleasing to see the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) takes the matter of unregistered service providers very seriously.

The TPB advises that its unregistered service provider project has promoted the importance of complying with the registration requirements under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) and helped to create a level playing field for all registered practitioners who do comply.

In April 2016, the TPB commenced a project which identified almost 3,000 online advertisements of BAS services which warranted detailed analysis, with over 400 of these advertisements being recognized as requiring further scrutiny as they appeared to be advertising BAS services provided by an entity not registered with the TPB.

As a result of the TPB’s intervention, 246 advertisements have now been removed or amended to ensure they meet the requirements of the TASA, and a number of previously non-compliant entities have now become registered with the TPB.

There is an ongoing risk of unregistered service providers and the TPB welcomes referrals of complaints and evidence of such behaviour.

Tax practitioners who become aware of unregistered practitioners behaviour, can report this to the TPB via the online complaint form, which can be accessed at

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