Newsletter from the Tax Practitioners Board
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Issue 25 | May 2018 - General edition

Message from the Chair

We have made a number of enhancements to improve the online experience with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

The changes:
  • simplify how you advise us of changes to your registration
  • make it easier to search the public register for a registered tax practitioner
  • improve the ability of new applicants to assess their qualifications.
Notifying of changes in registration requirements made easier
Under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) you must notify the TPB of any changes affecting your registration. The new Change of registration details form makes that easier, guiding you to provide the information we need to process your registration changes more efficiently.

Use the form to notify us of changes to your practice or legal name, add or remove supervising tax practitioners, directors or partners in your practice or advise us of change of circumstances.

More flexible search for the TPB Register
The new TPB Register provides a faster and flexible search experience. You can enter any keyword in the search field to locate a tax practitioner and use 'Filters' on the left-hand menu to refine your search results.

The new TPB Register provides a unique URL for every practitioner's record. Search the register and link to your record from your website or Registered tax practitioner symbol to show your clients you are registered with the TPB.

Online qualifications tool provides instant results
Our new qualifications tool enables applicants to:
  • check if their qualifications meet the registration requirements
  • search for Board approved courses and units
  • submit their courses and units for Board's assessment.

Ian R Taylor
Chair, Tax Practitioners Board

Information sessions summary

It was great to meet with more than 800 tax and BAS agents at our recent information sessions in Doncaster, Melbourne and Parramatta, Sydney. There was lots of discussion around confidentiality, cyber security, authorisation to lodge, and outsourcing and offshoring.

Read the summary of questions raised during our panel discussions.

Join our free webinars

Maintain your knowledge and skills by attending one of our free webinars. Upcoming webinars cover engagement letters, our approach to regulation and acting lawfully in the best interest of your clients. You can claim up to one hour of continuing professional education for attending a TPB webinar.

Register now 

Making anonymous complaints 

Complaints about registered or unregistered tax practitioners should be lodged using our online complaints form.

You can make an anonymous complaint, but if you provide insufficient information and evidence we may not be able to act on it. Please provide as much detail as possible, including any relevant documentation to support your complaint.

Get ready for enhanced online security

From July this year, the TPB will introduce enhanced security measures to further protect the information you provide to the TPB and to align with Australian Government standards.

When you first log into My Profile from July, we will ask you to create a new:

  • TPB username, more secure than your publicly available registration number
  • password, meeting the 10-character government standard.

We will also use two-factor authentication to provide an additional layer of security when establishing or confirming your account details with us. For example, if you forget your password, from July we will send a code to the email address or mobile phone number you have previously provided to us to confirm your identity.

These measures are likely to be familiar to you from your work environment or your personal online interactions. They will provide you with greater security and control when managing your interactions with the TPB.

Later this year we will undertake further enhancements to security measures and proof of identity in line with whole of government standards - details will follow in a future edition of eNews.

NDB scheme responsibilities

The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, administered by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) came into effect on 22 February 2018.

Resources to help you comply with the NDB scheme are available from the OAIC website, including a useful one-page flowchart that summarises what to do in the event of an eligible data breach.

Recent compliance outcomes

The TPB Board Conduct Committee (BCC) has recently imposed administrative sanctions on 77 tax practitioners, including terminating the registration of 25 tax practitioners for failures to comply with the TASA, including the Code.

Read more from our highlights

Updated ASIC guidance

ASIC has updated its guidance for accountants who provide services on self-managed superannuation funds to cover the exemption from the Australian financial services licensing requirements for tax and BAS agents.

Read ASIC's media release

Your feedback

We invite your feedback on topics or issues you would like us to address in future editions of TPB eNews.


About the Tax Practitioners Board
The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) was established to regulate tax practitioners in order to protect consumers. The TPB assures the community that tax practitioners meet the appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct.
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