Date posted: 2/04/2020 2 min read

Submission on tax profession is an essential service

Joint bodies request that accountants and tax practitioners be determined to be an ‘essential service’ for the purposes of the COVID-19 measures

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Corporate Tax Association, CPA Australia, Institute of Public Accountants, Law Council of Australia and The Tax Institute (the Joint Bodies) wrote to the Chair of the National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission to request that accountants, tax practitioners and related professionals be determined to be an ‘essential service’ for the purposes of the COVID-19 measures. 

Accountants, tax practitioners and professional advisers are critical to maintaining and supporting business and individuals (ie taxpayers) through the COVID-19 crisis. There are significant risks to the business operating environment, and the tax and superannuation systems, if they are unable to operate as usual, particularly as they are required to support taxpayers in understanding and accessing the benefits of the Stimulus packages announced by the various Australian governments.