These terms confirm our understanding of the terms of our engagement and the nature and limitations of the services we will provide.Purpose, Scope and Output of the EngagementResponsibilitiesPeriod of EngagementFeesLimitation of LiabilityOwnership of DocumentsConfirmation of Terms
Purpose, Scope and Output of the Engagement
This firm will provide taxation services which will be conducted in accordance with the relevant professional and ethical standards issued by the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board Limited (APESB), and with Australian taxation legislation. The extent of our procedures and services will be limited exclusively for this purpose. As a result, no audit or review will be performed and, accordingly, no assurance will be expressed. Our engagement cannot be relied upon to disclose irregularities including fraud, other illegal acts and errors that may exist. However, we will inform you of any such matters that come to our attention.
In conducting this engagement, information acquired by us in the course of the engagement is subject to strict confidentiality requirements. That information will not be disclosed by us to other parties except as required or allowed for by law, or with your express consent.
We wish to advise that our firm’s system of quality control has been established and maintained in accordance with the relevant APESB standard. As a result, our files may be subject to review as part of the quality control review program of The Institute of Public Accountants which monitors compliance with professional standards by its members. We advise you that by accepting our engagement you acknowledge that, if requested, our files relating to this engagement will be made available under this program. Should this occur, we will advise you.
We may collect Personal Information about your representatives, your clients and others when we provide services to you. If we do, you agree to work with us to ensure that we both meet the obligations that we each may have under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (as amended) (Privacy Act). The obligations may include notifying the relevant person to whom the personal information relates who we are and how we propose to use their personal information. Where you have collected personal information, you confirm that you have collected the personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act, that you are entitled to provide this personal information to us and that we may use and disclose the personal information for the purpose/s we provide our services to you. We will handle personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act.
A taxpayer is responsible under self assessment to keep full and proper records in order to facilitate the preparation of a correct return. Whilst the Commissioner of Taxation will accept claims made by a taxpayer in an income tax return and issue a notice of assessment, usually without adjustment, the return may be subject to later review. Under the taxation law such a review may take place within a period of up to four (4) years after tax becomes due and payable under the assessment. Furthermore, where there is fraud or evasion there is no time limit on amending the assessment. Accordingly, you should check the return before it is signed to ensure that the information in the return is accurate.
Where the application of a taxation law to your particular circumstances is uncertain you also have the right to request a private ruling which will set out the Commissioner’s opinion about the way a taxation law applies, or would apply, to you in those circumstances. You must provide a description of all of the facts (with supporting documentation) that are relevant to your scheme or circumstances in your private ruling application. If there is any material difference between the facts set out in the ruling and what you actually do the private ruling is ineffective. If you rely on a private ruling you have received, the Commissioner must administer the law in the way set out in the ruling, unless it is found to be incorrect and applying the law correctly would lead to a better outcome for you. Where you disagree with the decision in the private ruling, or the Commissioner fails to issue such a ruling, you can lodge an objection against the ruling if it relates to income tax, fuel tax credit or fringe benefits tax. Your time limits in lodging an objection will depend on whether you are issued an assessment for the matter (or period) covered by the private ruling.
Period of Engagement
This engagement will start upon acceptance of the terms of engagement by you in line with this document. The engagement will continue indefinitely unless you or we communicate otherwise to the other party. We will not deal with earlier periods unless you specifically ask us to do so and we agree.
Fees are based on the expected amount of time and the level of staff required to complete the taxation or other services as required. Fee invoices will be issued in line with a billing schedule. Please contact us to obtain a fee estimate.
Handling of Client Moneys
Any receipt of client money by our firm, such as a tax refund, will be deposited into a bank account specifically separate for moneys to be held on trust. All dealings with these moneys are in accordance with our professional and legal requirements for money held on trust. As part of this agreement you authorise us to deduct any outstanding fees from any moneys held in trust for you.
Limitation of Liability
Our liability is limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation. Further information on the scheme is available from the Professional Standards Councils’ website.
Ownership of Documents
All original documents obtained from you arising from the engagement shall remain your property. However, we reserve the right to make a reasonable number of copies of the original documents for our records. Our engagement will result in the production of income tax returns. Ownership of these documents will vest in you. All other documents produced by us in respect of this engagement will remain the property of the firm. The firm has a policy of exploring a legal right of lien over any client documents in our possession in the event of a dispute. The firm has also established dispute resolution processes.
Confirmation of Terms
Acceptance of our services in conjunction with these terms indicates that you understand and accept the terms. This information will be effective for future engagements unless we advise you of any change. If you do not contact us with changes to the engagement, yet continue to provide us with information and instructions regarding your financial and taxation affairs, the terms and information provided in these engagement terms will bind us both. If you do no contact us with changes to the engagement, yet continue to provide us with information and instructions regarding your financial and taxation affairs, the terms of engagement will bind us both.
Updated and effective from 13 March 2020