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Bookkeeping For Dummies, 2nd Australian & New Zealand Edition by Lynley Averis, Veechi Curtis

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Chapter 18

Staying on the Right Side of the Law

In This Chapter

arrow.png Registering as a BAS Agent — what’s involved and why it’s such a big deal

arrow.png Being honest as a mirror, straight as an arrow

arrow.png Ensuring that any information you submit is up to scratch

arrow.png Putting systems in place to look after yourself, and your clients too

Do you work in Australia? If you have your own bookkeeping business, or you’re thinking about starting your own bookkeeping business, you must first ensure you have all the necessary qualifications, experience, registrations and insurance in place. (In contrast, the Kiwis are all very casual, and no specific government licences or registrations are required in order to practice as a bookkeeper.)

Only bookkeepers who register with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) — and have the experience and qualifications to do so — are able to provide ‘BAS services’ for their clients. The definition of BAS services is very broad, and includes relatively mundane activities, such as selecting default tax codes for accounts, as well as more complex tasks, such as generating employee payment ...

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