On 1 August 2019, the Independent Review of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and the Tax Agents Services Act 2009 (TASA), lead by Mr Keith James, released its discussion paper, which I’ve attached in full. It calls for submissions by 30 August 2019 (to TBBreview@treasury.gov.au).

In other Tax Technical articles, I covered the announcement of the Review, my submissions about the TPB’s approach to its registered tax agents breaching the prohibitions on unqualified legal practise, the submissions of the Law Institute of Victoria and submissions made by the Tax Institute, Law Council of Australian and  Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. See a related Tax Technical article about the extent to which the Discussion Paper deals with these submissions.

See below for extracts from the Discussion Paper being the Table of Contents and ‘Opening Comments (featuring the central issue of the TPB’s ‘independence’ and a copy of the entire Discussion Paper).

FJM 9.8.19

[Tax Month – August 2019]

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