Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

The Tax Practitioners Board has responded to our concerns and has advised their next steps.  The have also confirmed Agents with tax issues need to act.

However the actions of the TPB will only be after further contact with you:

The TPB have advised today

Over coming weeks, the TPB will refresh its ATO data on tax practitioners who have outstanding tax obligations.

We will then contact those tax practitioners who still have outstanding tax obligations, advising them to contact the ATO to address any unresolved tax obligations.

If matters remain unresolved after this further contact, the TPB is likely to commence an investigation into their conduct.

They provide the following action table

What to do if you received an ‘Overdue personal tax lodgements and debts’ email from the TPB



What to do

You have a question about the status of your outstanding tax obligations.


Contact the ATO on 13 72 86. Do not contact the TPB as it is unable to assist.

You have confirmed your status with the ATO and you do not have any outstanding tax obligations.


No action is required and you should disregard the TPB’s letter of 22 January 2019.

You had an outstanding debt with the ATO, but have now entered into an agreed payment arrangement.

No action is required, but it important that you continue to meet your obligations under the payment arrangement.


You have outstanding tax obligations with the ATO.

For lodgement, you need to file the outstanding returns or statements. For debt, you need to make the payment, or contact the ATO regarding payment arrangement options.

You have contacted the ATO to discuss your situation and you are waiting for a response from the ATO (for example, to see if a request for a payment arrangement is approved).

No further action is required at this stage. However, you must ensure that as soon as you hear back from the ATO you take the necessary steps to settle your outstanding tax obligations.


All your tax affairs are up to date, but you have not yet lodged your 2018 income tax return, because it is not yet due under your tax agent’s lodgement program.


No further action is required as your 2018 income tax return is not outstanding.  


You have concerns about how your registration as a tax practitioner with the TPB may be impacted.

Contact the TPB via the ‘Contact us’ form on our website.


refer previous advice from the ICB

ICB News Item

  • 25 January 2019