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TPB to review CPD records over 2018-19

  The Tax Practitioners Board has announced that it will conduct CPD reviews to assess how tax practitioners maintain their knowledge and skills. The TPB says it will undertake reviews of CPD records of more than 1,000 individual tax practitioners in 2018-19. Commencing this month, the reviews will assess how tax practitioners comply with the

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SMSF advisers: Be sure you avoid this new year’s day hangover

  A deadline that many SMSF professionals may have lost sight of is fast approaching — 1 January 2019. This is when new educational requirements for SMSF advisers start, and the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) takes over setting the educational and ethical requirements to be a financial adviser. Other important dates to

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Call to bring back the accountants’ exemption

  It has now been just over two years since the accountants’ exemption was lifted and empirical evidence suggests that accountants are having to deal with increased costs and an onerous compliance regime with the cost hikes are being passed on to their clients. The accountants’ exemption allowed the provision of limited advice by recognised

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SMSFs: Here’s an updated toolkit of ATO forms you’ll need

  SMSF trustees may find that occasionally a particular form is needed to be able to complete an administrative task for the ATO. Rather than have you searching the vast labyrinth of the ATO’s website for SMSF forms, we thought it helpful to list some of the required forms here (you could even bookmark this

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ATO announces changes to how penalty relief is applied

  From 1 July 2018 the ATO says it will not apply penalties to tax returns and activity statements where your clients have made an inadvertent error by failing to take reasonable care or due to the fact that they have not taken a “reasonably arguable” position (more below). It says that if it finds inadvertent

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