The TPB advises in their latest newsletter
Promoting Registered Agents
"Tax time 2018 has commenced and our digital advertising has been encouraging small businesses seeking a tax or BAS agent to look for the Registered tax practitioner symbol and check if they are registered through the public register.
Digital advertising through Google, Bing, Yellow Pages, TrueLocal, LinkedIn and Gumtree resulted in more than 1.1 million advertisements appearing when small businesses were searching for a tax or BAS agent, and have so far generated more than 4,300 visits to the TPB Register.
Throughout tax time we will continue to raise consumer awareness of checking that their tax or BAS agent is registered. You can help by ensuring you use the Registered tax practitioner symbol to show that you meet the standards required to be registered as a tax practitioner and report to the TPB any issues where you think another is providing services for a fee whilst unregistered."