On 8 May 2019, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA) made a preliminary submission to the Independent Review of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and the Tax Agents Services Act 2009 (TASA). It sets out a list of 14 things that are NOT working, in Appendix 1. This includes the ‘Interaction between Tax Agent Services and Legal Services’ quoting ‘media reports’, which in turn were based on my paper on the ways in which registered tax agents frequently breach the State and Territory prohibitions on unqualified legal practice.
CA joins others who’ve made submissions, including: The Tax Institute, the Law Council of Australia (concentrating on the independence of the TPB from the ATO), and myself (concentrating on the interface between the regulation of tax agents and lawyers).
See below for the full submission and some comments about it.