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SLI 2009 No. 314 Regulations as made
These Regulations prescribe, among other things, the qualifications and relevant experience requirements for registration as a tax agent or BAS agent.
Administered by: Treasury
Made 12 Nov 2009
Registered 13 Nov 2009
Tabled HR 16 Nov 2009
Tabled Senate 16 Nov 2009

Tax Agent Services Regulations 20091

Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 314

I, QUENTIN BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

Dated 12 November 2009

QUENTIN BRYCE

Governor-General

By Her Excellency’s Command

NICK SHERRY


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary

                        1     Name of Regulations                                                        4

                        2     Commencement                                                              4

                        3     Definitions                                                                       4

                        4     Recognition as recognised BAS agent association             4

                        5     Recognition as recognised tax agent association                7

                        6     Meaning of tax agent service — services that are not tax agent services          10

Part 2                    Registration

                        7     Eligibility for registration as BAS agent — prescribed requirements      11

                        8     Eligibility for registration as tax agent — prescribed requirements        11

                        9     Application for registration — processing fees                   11

Part 3                    Investigations

                       10     Power to require witnesses to attend — allowances and expenses      12

Part 4                    The Tax Practitioners Board

                       11     Administrative assistance to the Board                            13

                       12     Register of registered and deregistered tax agents and BAS agents     14

Schedule 1             Requirements to become recognised BAS agent associations and tax agent associations                                                                                    16

Part 1                      Recognised BAS agent association                                 16

Part 2                      Recognised tax agent association                                   18

Schedule 2             Eligibility for registration as BAS agent or tax agent — prescribed requirements            21

Part 1                      BAS agents                                                                   21

Division 1                 Requirements                                                                21

Division 2                 Meaning of relevant experience                                        22

Part 2                      Tax agents                                                                    22

Division 1                 Requirements                                                                22

Division 2                 Meaning of relevant experience                                        25

 

 


 

 

Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence as follows:

                (a)    on the day after they are registered — regulations 1 to 3 and 11;

               (b)    on the commencement of Part 2 of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 — the remainder.

3              Definitions

                In these Regulations:

Act means the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

Board means the Tax Practitioners Board established by section 60-5 of the Act.

recognised BAS agent association has the meaning given by regulation 4.

recognised tax agent association has the meaning given by regulation 5.

secretary means the secretary of the Board, and includes, in his or her absence, a person who for the time being performs the duties of the secretary.

4              Recognition as recognised BAS agent association

         (1)   In these Regulations, an organisation is a recognised BAS agent association if:

                (a)    the organisation applies to the Board for recognition in accordance with this regulation; and

               (b)    the Board decides to recognise the organisation in accordance with this regulation.

         (2)   The organisation must make the application using a form approved by the Board for this subregulation.

Decision about recognition

         (3)   As soon as practicable after receiving an application, the Board must consider the application and decide whether to recognise the organisation.

         (4)   If each of the requirements set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1 exists in relation to the organisation, the Board must:

                (a)    decide to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision; and

                (c)    publish a notice of the decision on the Board’s website.

         (5)   For the period of 3 years starting when this regulation commences, if the requirement in item 109 of Schedule 1 is the only requirement that does not exist in relation to the organisation, the Board must:

                (a)    decide to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    comply with paragraphs (4) (b) and (c).

         (6)   If either or both of the requirements in item 108 or 109 of Schedule 1 are the only requirements that do not exist in relation to the organisation, and subregulation (5) does not apply:

                (a)    the Board may, having regard to:

                          (i)    the purposes of the Act; and

                         (ii)    the role of recognised BAS agent associations under these Regulations;

                        decide to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    if the Board decides to recognise the organisation — the Board must comply with paragraphs (4) (b) and (c).

         (7)   If 1 or more of the requirements set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1 do not exist in relation to the organisation, and the Board does not decide to recognise the organisation in accordance with subregulation (5) or (6), the Board must:

                (a)    refuse to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision and the reasons for the decision.

Termination of recognition

         (8)   The Board must act under subregulations (9) and (10):

                (a)    if the Board believes that 1 or more of the requirements set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1 have ceased to exist in relation to a recognised BAS agent association; or

               (b)    if:

                          (i)    the association was recognised in accordance with subregulation (5); and

                         (ii)    the requirement in item 109 of Schedule 1 does not exist in relation to the organisation at the end of the period of 3 years starting when this regulation commences; or

                (c)    if:

                          (i)    the association was recognised in accordance with subregulation (6); and

                         (ii)    the Board no longer considers it appropriate to recognise the association, having regard to:

                                   (A)     the purposes of the Act; and

                                   (B)     the role of recognised BAS agent associations under these Regulations.

         (9)   If subregulation (8) applies, the Board must:

                (a)    notify the recognised BAS agent association, in writing, that subregulation (8) applies, and identify the reasons why the subregulation applies; and

               (b)    invite the recognised BAS agent association to make a written submission to the Board about whether the association’s recognition should be terminated, within a reasonable period specified in the notification; and

                (c)    as soon as practicable after the end of the period, consider whether the association’s recognition should be terminated, having regard to any submission made by the recognised BAS agent association.

       (10)   If the Board is satisfied, after acting under subregulation (9), that the organisation’s recognition as a recognised BAS agent association should be terminated, the Board must:

                (a)    terminate the organisation’s recognition; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision and the reasons for the decision; and

                (c)    publish on its website a statement that it has terminated the recognition of the organisation.

Review of decisions

       (11)   Application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of:

                (a)    a decision of the Board under paragraph (7) (a) to refuse to recognise an organisation as a recognised BAS agent association; and

               (b)    a decision of the Board under paragraph (10) (a) to terminate the recognition of a recognised BAS agent association.

5              Recognition as recognised tax agent association

         (1)   In these Regulations, an organisation is a recognised tax agent association if:

                (a)    the organisation applies to the Board for recognition in accordance with this regulation; and

               (b)    the Board decides to recognise the organisation in accordance with this regulation.

         (2)   The organisation must make the application using a form approved by the Board for this subregulation.

Decision about recognition

         (3)   As soon as practicable after receiving an application, the Board must consider the application and decide whether to recognise the organisation.

         (4)   If all of the requirements set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1 exist in relation to the organisation, the Board must:

                (a)    decide to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision; and

                (c)    publish a notice of the decision on the Board’s website.

         (5)   If either or both of the requirements in items 209 and 210 of Schedule 1 are the only requirements that do not exist in relation to the organisation:

                (a)    the Board may, having regard to:

                          (i)    the purposes of the Act; and

                         (ii)    the role of recognised tax agent associations under these Regulations;

                        decide to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    if the Board decides to recognise the organisation — the Board must comply with paragraphs (4) (b) and (c).

         (6)   If 1 or more of the requirements set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1 do not exist in relation to the organisation, and the Board does not decide to recognise the organisation in accordance with subregulation (5), the Board must:

                (a)    refuse to recognise the organisation; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision and the reasons for the decision.

Termination of recognition

         (7)   The Board must act under subregulations (8) and (9):

                (a)    if the Board believes that 1 or more of the requirements set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1 have ceased to exist in relation to a recognised tax agent association; or

               (b)    if:

                          (i)    the association was recognised in accordance with subregulation (5); and

                         (ii)    the Board no longer considers it appropriate to recognise the association, having regard to:

                                   (A)     the purposes of the Act; and

                                   (B)     the role of recognised tax agent associations under these Regulations.

         (8)   If subregulation (7) applies, the Board must:

                (a)    notify the recognised tax agent association, in writing, that subregulation (7) applies, and identify the reasons why the subregulation applies; and

               (b)    invite the recognised tax agent association to make a written submission to the Board about whether the association’s recognition should be terminated, within a reasonable period specified in the notification; and

                (c)    as soon as practicable after the end of the period, consider whether the association’s recognition should be terminated, having regard to any submission made by the recognised tax agent association.

         (9)   If the Board is satisfied, after acting under subregulation (8), that the organisation’s recognition as a recognised tax agent association should be terminated, the Board must:

                (a)    terminate the organisation’s recognition; and

               (b)    notify the organisation, in writing, of the decision and the reasons for the decision; and

                (c)    publish on its website a statement that it has terminated the recognition of the organisation.

Review of decisions

       (10)   Application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of:

                (a)    a decision of the Board under paragraph (6) (a) to refuse to recognise an organisation as a recognised tax agent association; and

               (b)    a decision of the Board under paragraph (9) (a) to terminate the recognition of a recognised tax agent association.

6              Meaning of tax agent service — services that are not tax agent services

                For subsection 90-5 (2) of the Act, a service that is provided by an auditor of a self-managed superannuation fund under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 is not a tax agent service.

Part 2                 Registration

  

7              Eligibility for registration as BAS agent — prescribed requirements

                For paragraph 20-5 (1) (b) of the Act:

                (a)    the requirements set out in Part 1 of Schedule 2 are prescribed; and

               (b)    an individual is required to comply only with a requirement prescribed in 1 of the items in that Schedule.

8              Eligibility for registration as tax agent — prescribed requirements

                For paragraph 20-5 (1) (b) of the Act:

                (a)    the requirements set out in Part 2 of Schedule 2 are prescribed; and

               (b)    an individual is required to comply only with a requirement prescribed in 1 of the items in that Schedule.

9              Application for registration — processing fees

                For paragraph 20-20 (2) (b) of the Act, the fee for an application to the Board for registration is set out in the following table.

Note   The period of registration is for at least 3 years: see subsection 20‑25 (4) of the Act. Registration may be renewed with effect from when current registration expires: see section 20-50 of the Act.

Item

For an application for this type of registration …

the fee is …

1

Registration as a tax agent who carries on a business as a tax agent

$500

2

Registration as a tax agent who does not carry on a business as a tax agent

$250

3

Registration as a BAS agent who carries on a business as a BAS agent

$100

4

Registration as a BAS agent who does not carry on a business as a BAS agent

$50

Part 3                 Investigations

  

10            Power to require witnesses to attend — allowances and expenses

                For subsections 60-105 (2) and (3) of the Act, the allowances and expenses payable to a person who is required, under subsection 60-105 (1) of the Act, to attend an investigation are set out in the following table.

Item

Person

Allowances and expenses

1

Person required to attend to give evidence because of that person’s professional, scientific or other special skill or knowledge

In respect of each day on which the person attends, the amount specified in the High Court Rules 2004 in relation to the expenses of a witness of that kind

2

Person not mentioned in item 1

In respect of each day on which the person attends, the amount specified in the High Court Rules 2004 in relation to the expenses of a witness of that kind

3

Person mentioned in item 1 or 2, giving skilled evidence

In addition to the amount payable to the person under item 1 or 2, an amount that the Board considers reasonable and properly incurred and paid for qualifying to give skilled evidence


4

Person mentioned in item 1 or 2

In addition to the amount payable to the person under item 1 or 2, and any amount payable under item 3:

   (a)  an amount that the Board considers reasonable for the actual cost of the person’s conveyance; and

   (b)  an amount that the Board considers reasonable for sustenance or maintenance

Part 4                 The Tax Practitioners Board

  

11            Administrative assistance to the Board

         (1)   For section 60-80 of the Act:

                (a)    the Commissioner must, after consulting the Board, make available to the Board a person:

                          (i)    engaged under the Public Service Act 1999; and

                         (ii)    performing duties in the Australian Taxation Office;

                        to be the secretary of the Board; and

               (b)    the Commissioner must make available to the Board persons:

                          (i)    engaged under the Public Service Act 1999; and

                         (ii)    performing duties in the Australian Taxation Office;

                        to provide administrative assistance to the Board; and

                (c)    the Commissioner is to determine the number of persons having regard to:

                          (i)    the number of persons who would be required to enable the Board to perform its functions and exercise its powers under the Act; and

                         (ii)    the funding that has been allocated, as agreed between the Commissioner and the Board, for the purpose of allowing the Board to perform its functions and exercise its powers under the Act.

Note   Subregulation (1) does not prevent other persons, who are not engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 or who are not performing duties in the Australian Taxation Office from being engaged to perform services related to the performance of the Board’s functions and the exercise of its powers (for example, contractors involved in the establishment of IT systems).

Note 2   For paragraph (1) (c), the Commissioner also has obligations to promote the efficient, effective and ethical use of Commonwealth resources under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

         (2)   The secretary must:

                (a)    attend all meetings of the Board; and

               (b)    keep a record of the proceedings of the Board.

         (3)   A certificate or other instrument given or issued by the Board is taken to be sufficiently authenticated if signed by the secretary on behalf of the Board.

         (4)   The secretary may, in writing, delegate any of his or her powers and functions (other than this power of delegation) to a person who has been made available to the Board under paragraph (1) (b).

12            Register of registered and deregistered tax agents and BAS agents

         (1)   For subsection 60-135 (2) of the Act, the register of registered tax agents and BAS agents required by paragraph 60‑135 (1) (a) of the Act must include the following information for each registered tax agent and BAS agent:

                (a)    the name of the registered tax agent or BAS agent;

               (b)    the contact details of the registered tax agent or BAS agent;

                (c)    any relevant professional affiliation of the registered tax agent or BAS agent;

               (d)    the duration of the registration of the registered tax agent or BAS agent;

                (e)    any condition to which the registration of the registered tax agent or BAS agent is subject;

                (f)    any sanction (other than a caution or termination) that has been imposed by the Board on the registered tax agent or BAS agent.

Note   Subregulation (3) explains the information that must be placed on the register of entities in relation to the termination of the registration of a registered tax agent or BAS agent.

         (2)   Information on the register of registered tax agents and BAS agents that relates to a sanction (other than a caution or termination) that has been imposed by the Board on a registered tax agent or BAS agent must be kept on the register for the longer of:

                (a)    12 months starting on the day on which the sanction is imposed; and

               (b)    the period during which the sanction has effect.

         (3)   For subsection 60-135 (2) of the Act, the register of entities who were registered tax agents or BAS agents, and whose registration has been terminated in certain circumstances required by paragraph 60-135 (1) (b) of the Act, must include the following information for each entity:

                (a)    the name of the entity;

               (b)    the contact details of the entity;

                (c)    the date of effect of the termination of the entity’s registration;

               (d)    the reason for the termination of the entity’s registration.

         (4)   The register of registered tax agents and BAS agents may include other information that is relevant to the operation of the arrangements for the registration of tax agents and BAS agents.


Schedule 1        Requirements to become recognised BAS agent associations and tax agent associations

(regulations 4 and 5)

Part 1          Recognised BAS agent association

    101       The organisation is a non‑profit organisation.

    102       The organisation has adequate corporate governance and operational procedures to ensure that:

                (a)    it is properly managed; and

               (b)    its internal rules are enforced.

    103       The organisation has professional and ethical standards for its voting members, including terms to the effect that:

                (a)    voting members must undertake at least 15 hours of continuing professional education each year; and

               (b)    voting members must be of good fame, integrity and character; and

                (c)    each voting member is subject to rules controlling the member’s conduct in the practice of his or her profession; and

               (d)    each voting member is subject to discipline for breaches of those rules; and

                (e)    if a voting member is permitted by that organisation to be in public practice, the voting member has professional indemnity insurance.

    104       The organisation has satisfactory arrangements in place for:

                (a)    notifying clients of its members, or of members of its member bodies, about how to make complaints; and

               (b)    receiving, hearing and deciding those complaints; and

                (c)    taking disciplinary action if complaints are justified.

    105       The organisation has satisfactory arrangements in place for publishing annual statistics about:

                (a)    the kinds and frequency of complaints (except complaints under the Act about entities registered under the Act); and

               (b)    findings made as a result of the complaints; and

                (c)    action taken as a result of those findings.

    106       The organisation is able to pay its debts as they fall due.

    107       The management of the organisation:

                (a)    is required to be accountable to its members; and

               (b)    is required to abide by the corporate governance and operational procedures of the organisation.

    108       The organisation has at least 1 000 voting members, of whom at least 500 are registered BAS agents.

Note   Subregulation 4 (6) may apply if the organisation is unable to satisfy this requirement.

    109       Each voting member of the organisation has been awarded at least a Certificate IV Financial Services (Bookkeeping), or a Certificate IV Financial Services (Accounting), from:

                (a)    a registered training organisation; or

               (b)    an equivalent institution.

Note   Subregulation 4 (5) or (6) may apply if the organisation is unable to satisfy this requirement.

Part 2          Recognised tax agent association

    201       The organisation is a non‑profit organisation.

    202       The organisation has adequate corporate governance and operational procedures to ensure that:

                (a)    it is properly managed; and

               (b)    its internal rules are enforced.

    203       The organisation has professional and ethical standards for its voting members, including terms to the effect that:

                (a)    voting members must undertake an appropriate number of hours of continuing professional education each year, having regard to the circumstances and requirements of the members; and

               (b)    voting members must be of good fame, integrity and character; and

                (c)    each voting member is subject to rules controlling the member’s conduct in the practice of his or her profession; and

               (d)    each voting member is subject to discipline for breaches of those rules; and

                (e)    if a voting member is permitted by that organisation to be in public practice, the voting member has professional indemnity insurance.

Note   The appropriate number of hours of education each year may differ for members who have particular qualifications, areas of expertise or professional experience.

    204       The organisation has satisfactory arrangements in place for:

                (a)    notifying clients of its members, or of members of its member bodies, about how to make complaints; and

               (b)    receiving, hearing and deciding those complaints; and

                (c)    taking disciplinary action if complaints are justified.

    205       The organisation has satisfactory arrangements in place for publishing annual statistics about:

                (a)    the kinds and frequency of complaints made to the organisation (except complaints under the Act about entities registered under the Act); and

               (b)    findings made as a result of the complaints; and

                (c)    action taken as a result of those findings.

    206       The organisation is able to pay its debts as they fall due.

    207       The management of the organisation:

                (a)    is required to be accountable to its members; and

               (b)    is required to abide by the corporate governance and operational procedures of the organisation.

    208       An organisation is taken to have arrangements that comply with a requirement in item 204, 205 or 206 if the organisation is, or its members are, subject to:

                (a)    a law of a State or Territory; or

               (b)    a rule or other instrument of a body created by or under a law of a State or Territory;

that sets out a requirement in terms that are the same, or that have a similar effect, to the requirement in item 204, 205 or 206.

    209       The organisation has at least 1 000 voting members, of whom at least 500 are registered tax agents.

Note   Subregulation 5 (5) may apply if the organisation is unable to satisfy this requirement.

    210       Each voting member of the organisation is required to comply with at least 1 of the following requirements:

                (a)    the member has been awarded a degree or a post-graduate award from:

                          (i)    an Australian tertiary institution; or

                         (ii)    an equivalent institution;

                        in the discipline of accountancy;

               (b)    the member has been awarded a diploma or higher award from:

                          (i)    a registered training organisation; or

                         (ii)    an equivalent institution;

                        in the discipline of accountancy;

                (c)    the member has the academic qualifications required to be an Australian legal practitioner;

               (d)    the member was:

                          (i)    registered as a tax agent, or as a nominee, for the purposes of Part VIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 as in force immediately before this Schedule commences; and

                         (ii)    a member of, and entitled to vote at meetings of, a recognised professional association within the meaning of section 251LA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 as in force immediately before this Schedule commences;

                (e)    the member has the equivalent of 8 years of full-time experience in providing tax agent services in the past 10 years.

Note   Subregulation 5 (5) may apply if the organisation is unable to satisfy this requirement.

Schedule 2        Eligibility for registration as BAS agent or tax agent — prescribed requirements

(regulations 7 and 8)

Part 1          BAS agents

Division 1       Requirements

Accounting qualifications

    101       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has been awarded at least a Certificate IV Financial Services (Bookkeeping), or a Certificate IV Financial Services (Accounting), from:

                          (i)    a registered training organisation; or

                         (ii)    an equivalent institution;

               (b)    has successfully completed a course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles that is approved by the Board; and

                (c)    the individual has undertaken at least 1 400 hours of relevant experience in the past 3 years.

Note   The Board may approve a course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Membership of professional association

    102       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has been awarded at least a Certificate IV Financial Services (Bookkeeping), or a Certificate IV Financial Services (Accounting), from:

                          (i)    a registered training organisation; or

                         (ii)    an equivalent institution;

               (b)    has successfully completed a course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles that is approved by the Board; and

                (c)    the individual is a voting member of:

                          (i)    a recognised BAS agent association; or

                         (ii)    a recognised tax agent association; and

               (d)    the individual has undertaken at least 1 000 hours of relevant experience in the past 3 years.

Note 1   The Board may approve a course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Note 2   A recognised BAS agent association is explained in regulation 4. A recognised tax agent association is explained in regulation 5.

Division 2       Meaning of relevant experience

    103       For Division 1, relevant experience means work by an individual:

                (a)    as a tax agent registered under the Act or a BAS agent registered under the Act; or

               (b)    as a tax agent registered under Part VIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                (c)    under the supervision and control of a tax agent registered under the Act or a BAS agent registered under the Act; or

               (d)    under the supervision and control of a tax agent registered under the previous regulatory regime contained in Part VIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                (e)    of another kind approved by the Board;

in the course of which the individual’s work has included substantial involvement in 1 or more of the kinds of BAS services described in section 90-10 of the Act.

Part 2          Tax agents

Division 1       Requirements

Tertiary qualifications in accountancy

    201       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has been awarded:

                          (i)    a degree or a post-graduate award from an Australian tertiary institution in the discipline of accountancy; or

                         (ii)    a degree or award that is approved by the Board from an equivalent institution in the discipline of accountancy; and

               (b)    the individual has successfully completed a course in commercial law that is approved by the Board; and

                (c)    the individual has successfully completed a course in Australian taxation law that is approved by the Board; and

               (d)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 12 months of full-time, relevant experience in the preceding 5 years.

Tertiary qualifications in another discipline — specialists

    202       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has been awarded:

                          (i)    a degree or a post-graduate award from an Australian tertiary institution in a discipline other than accountancy that is relevant to the tax agent services to which the application relates; or

                         (ii)    a degree or award that is approved by the Board from an equivalent institution in a discipline other than accountancy that is relevant to the tax agent services to which the application relates; and

               (b)    if the Board considers it relevant to the tax agent services to which the application relates — the individual has also successfully completed as many of the following courses as the Board considers necessary:

                          (i)    a course in basic accountancy principles that is approved by the Board;

                         (ii)    a course in commercial law that is approved by the Board;

                         (iii)    a course in Australian taxation law that is approved by the Board; and

                (c)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 12 months of full-time, relevant experience in the past 5 years.

Note   The Board may approve a degree, award or course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Diploma or higher award

    203       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has been awarded a diploma or higher award from:

                          (i)    a registered training organisation; or

                         (ii)    an equivalent institution;

                        in the discipline of accountancy; and

               (b)    the individual has successfully completed a course in Australian taxation law that is approved by the Board; and

                (c)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 2 years of full-time, relevant experience in the preceding 5 years; and

               (d)    the individual for an application made 3 years or later after the day on which Part 2 of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 commences — the individual has successfully completed a course in commercial law that is approved by the Board.

Note   The Board may approve a course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Tertiary qualifications in law

    204       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual:

                          (i)    has the academic qualifications required to be an Australian legal practitioner; and

                         (ii)    has successfully completed a course in basic accountancy principles that is approved by the Board; and

                         (iii)    has successfully completed a course in Australian taxation law that is approved by the Board; and

               (b)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 12 months of full-time, relevant experience in the preceding 5 years.

Note   The Board may approve a course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Work experience

    205       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual has successfully completed:

                          (i)    a course in basic accountancy principles that is approved by the Board; and

                         (ii)    a course in Australian taxation law that is approved by the Board; and

                         (iii)    for an application made 3 years or later after the day on which Part 2 of the Tax agent Services Act 2009 commmences — a course in commercial law that is approved by the Board; and

               (b)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 8 years of full-time, relevant experience in the past 10 years.

Note   The Board may approve a course by an approval process, an accreditation scheme, or by other means.

Membership of professional association

    206       A requirement is that:

                (a)    the individual is a voting member of a recognised tax agent association; and

               (b)    the individual has been engaged in the equivalent of 8 years of full-time, relevant experience in the preceding 10 years.

Note   A recognised tax agent association is explained in regulation 5.

Division 2       Meaning of relevant experience

    207       For Division 1, relevant experience means work by an individual:

                (a)    as a tax agent registered under the Act; or

               (b)    as a tax agent registered under Part VIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                (c)    under the supervision and control of a tax agent registered under the Act; or

               (d)    under the supervision and control of a tax agent registered under the previous regulatory regime contained in Part VIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

                (e)    as an Australian legal practitioner; or

                (f)    of another kind approved by the Board;

in the course of which the individual’s work has included substantial involvement in 1 or more of the types of tax agent services described in section 90-5 of the Act, or substantial involvement in a particular area of taxation law to which 1 or more of those types of tax agent services relate.


Note

1.       All legislative instruments and compilations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments kept under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. See http://www.frli.gov.au.