ENGAGEMENT LETTER – Income Tax Return, Financial Statements Preparation and other work for the year stated in your executed client intake form and subsequent years until engagement ceases.
As our newest client, we would like to officially welcome you to Tax & Accounting House. The following outlines the services that we provide in our role and more importantly our understanding of your requirements from us.
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Quality of Service
The quality of service that you receive is very important to us. To ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality of service we encourage you to provide feedback. The best time to do this is at the time we finalise the annual income tax return we prepare for you.
This feedback and communication ensure that you will receive the level of service, which is appropriate to your needs.
We now confirm our understanding of the terms of our engagement and the nature and limitations of the services that we provide. This is required to ensure we meet your expectations and to satisfy our TPB quality assurance guidelines. Please sign the Client Acceptance of Engagement and Terms at the end of this document and return by email/fax in order for us to prepare the year stated in the executed client intake form and subsequent years until our engagement ceases Income Tax Returns and Financial Statements for you and your related entities listed below.
In future years to reduce the volume of paper being printed, we will forward only the signature page with a reference to the full document as shown on this link for your convenience.
1. Scope of Engagement
We will be acting as accountants and advisors for the entity that has forward through an executed new client intake form, sign and return the last page engagement letter below.
(a) The following services will be provided:
(i) Compilation and lodgement of financial statements and income tax returns and supporting schedules for the named entity signed the last page of this engagement letter along with our new client intake form.
(i) Attendance to administrative tax-related matters including receiving and checking of assessments and other notices, corresponding with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and providing estimates of tax payable including estimated payment dates; and
(ii) Provision and maintenance of asset registers for accounting and tax purposes.
(b) The following services will be provided for the Trust’s, trustee company (if required): -
(i) Maintenance of corporate registers, and attendance to annual corporate matters and other compliance matters as required by the Corporations Act 2001;
(ii) Preparation and lodgement of ASIC documents, consents, minutes and other documentation where required;
(iii) Acting as the Registered Office. This authorises us to accept all notices that may be served on the company. Such notices will be forwarded to you with our advice as appropriate.
(c) The following services will be provided where required or requested: -
(i) Review, compilation and/or lodgement of other tax forms where required. For example, business activity statements;
(ii) Assistance in compliance with administration and regulatory requirements in relation to taxation matters including but not limited to) income tax, goods & services tax, and pay as you go, FBT.
(iii) Provision of sundry, accounting, taxation and secretarial advice; and
(iv) Attendance to special assignments and advice.
2. Limitations of Our Role
(a) The financial statements will be compiled in accordance with Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board APES 315 Compilation of Financial Information. The financial statements will be Special Purpose Financial Statements and will be compiled for the internal use of the directors, trustees, partners, managers and/or owners.
(b) Under the terms of our engagement, we will not be responsible for undertaking an audit of the financial statements. Consequently, we will not be expressing any opinion as to the completeness or accuracy of the financial statements, and therefore no assurance will be provided.
(c) 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.
(d) The financial statements will be compiled from information provided by you. Our procedures use accounting expertise to collect, classify and summarise this information into a financial report. Ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the financial report rests upon you.
(e) The income tax returns (and other ATO returns and forms where required) and supporting schedules will be compiled from information provided by you. We will not be responsible for verifying the accuracy of this information. Whilst we will exercise due care and skill in compiling the returns, the responsibility for their content rests with you.
(f) There are many tax-related requirements that entities need to comply with. Whilst we will help you to meet some of these requirements where relevant, the ultimate responsibility rests with you.
(g) We will take reasonable care to ensure that your income tax returns and other forms are lodged by their due date. However, this will depend on the timeliness and accuracy of the information provided. Where information is not provided or queries not answered in a timely manner, or where the information provided is not accurate or complete, we will not be able to guarantee that your returns will be lodged by their due date. The ATO may impose general interest charges or late lodgement penalties, or both, in this instance.
(h) Where taxation advice is required, it will be provided to you based upon our interpretation of the taxation legislation, relevant case law, rulings and other announcements issued by the Commissioner of Taxation or other relevant bodies from time to time. Notwithstanding the above, there remains considerable uncertainty with the interpretations of these sources and their application to your circumstances. Accordingly, there remains a risk that the Commissioner of Taxation or other regulators may take an alternative position to that advised by us.
3. 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: http://www.professionalstandardscouncil.gov.au.
(a) By accepting the terms of this engagement, you consent to the appointment of our office as your tax agent. This provides us with the authority to:
(i) Prepare and lodge ATO forms on your behalf where appropriate;
(ii) Correspond with the ATO (by phone, paper and electronically) in regards to all your taxation matters; and
(iii) Access your tax information on the ATO’s tax agent portal.
(a) By accepting the terms of this engagement, you consent to the appointment of our office as your Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Agent. This provides us with the authority to:
(i) Prepare and lodge ASIC forms on your behalf where appropriate; and
(ii) Correspond with ASIC (by paper, phone or electronically) in regard to your corporate secretarial matters.
5. Your Responsibilities
(a) To enable us to meet our responsibilities under this engagement, complete and accurate information must be provided to us in a timely manner and in accordance with the attached standard terms and conditions. Any time spent requesting additional information and correcting information provided by you may incur additional charges.
(b) The responsibility for maintaining accurate financial records that correctly record and explain your business transactions is that of yourself. We will be required to rely upon the accuracy of all information provided by you, or by others on your behalf, without independently verifying it.
(c) The responsibility for highlighting any transactions or issues that require detailed review or consideration by us is that of yourself. Details of material and/or contentious issues that affect the compilation of financial statements and tax returns must be provided to us as soon as these issues become known.
(d) With respect to tax returns and other documents that are required to be lodged with the ATO, you will be responsible for reviewing these carefully and for signing the declaration to confirm that;
(i) The information provided to us for the preparation of the document is true and correct, and
(ii) We, as the tax agent, are authorised to give the document to the Commissioner of Taxation.
(e) For tax purposes, you will be required to retain relevant supporting records and documentation for a minimum of five (5) years following the year of income to which they relate. With respect to capital gains tax records, you will be required to retain these for a minimum of five (5) years after the disposal of the underlying asset(s).
(f) 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 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.
6. Ownership of Documents
All original documents obtained from the client arising from the engagement shall remain the property of the client. 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, financial statements, ASIC forms, Minutes and any other documentation that may be required to complete the engagement. 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 TAH.
TAH has a policy of exploring a legal right of lien over any client documents in our possession in the event of a dispute. TAH has also established dispute-resolution processes.
7. Engagement Personnel
(a) The Engagement Principal Veronique Dang is ultimately responsible for your engagement.
(b) Our fees are charged depending on the nature and complexity of the work and the level of expertise and experience required. This approach ensures efficiency and ensures that the most appropriate person undertakes the work. Our fees and any changes to our fees are advised on our website.
(c) We may, in consultation with you, include the work of another member in public practice on the following aspects of the engagement: Not expected to be relevant or required at the time of engagement.
(d) Our Fees for Business (company, trust, partnership), Sole Trader and SMSF will be billed regularly as work progresses and will be based on the time required, the complexity of the task and seniority assigned to the engagement, plus direct out of pocket expenses (disbursements). Individual hourly rates vary according to the degree of responsibility involved and the experience and skill required. Individual hourly rates are reviewed and may increase throughout the year.
(e) Our fees will be payable strictly by the Due Date stated on the invoice.
8. Problem Resolution
(a) Where you have contacted the Office Practice Manager with a complaint or issue, and the matter has not been resolved to your satisfaction, please contact our Engagement Principal on 0402 88 075 who will endeavour to resolve your issue promptly.
(a) You may terminate this engagement at any time by giving us notice in writing. Termination will take effect once we have raised our final fee, and all outstanding fees have been paid. Until paid, we reserve our right to exercise a lien over any books, records or other documents that may be in our possession.
10. Standard Terms and Conditions
Standard terms and conditions for all engagements undertaken by Veronique Dang t/as Tax & Accounting House and its associated entities are attached as Appendix 1. Acceptance of this Engagement Letter indicates your agreement with and acceptance of the Standard Terms and Conditions set out in Appendix 1. If there is any conflict between this Engagement Letter and the Standard Terms and Conditions, the Engagement letter will take precedence.
CONFIRMATION OF TERMS
If you agree to the above Engagement Letter including the attached Standard Terms and Conditions, please indicate your agreement and understanding by signing and returning the enclosed copy. Please note that by continuing to instruct us or respond to our correspondence after the receipt of this letter, you are acknowledging your acceptance and understanding of the terms outlined above. Accordingly, it is important that you contact me as soon as possible should you have any queries or concerns regarding this letter. This Engagement Letter and Standard Terms and Conditions will be effective for future years unless we advise you of any change, or it is terminated or replaced.
Thank you for choosing Tax & Accounting House to act as your bookkeeper, accountant, bas agent, tax agent, ASIC agent, and adviser. We are sure that we will enjoy a successful association.
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