You can engage a tax agent to prepare and lodge a tax return for you. Registered tax agents are the only people allowed to charge a fee to prepare and lodge your return. They must be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board and follow strict regulations that ensure they act in a professional manner. You can find an agent or check whether a person is a registered tax agent at the Tax Practitioners Board website.
Before selecting a specific tax agent to help you in lodging your return, make sure to enquire about their fees and their expertise with the type of return you need. Remember – you are responsible for all the information on your tax return even if a tax agent completes it for you. You will be responsible for any extra tax if your agent has made a mistake.
Most tax agents have special lodgement schedules and can lodge returns for their clients later than the usual deadline. But if you did not go to a tax agent last year – or you will be going to a different tax agent this year – make sure you see them before the last date.
To learn more about tax refunds and tax returns, please contact our staff.