Tax Audit Insurance

Tax Audit Insurance – What is it?

This is Insurance that covers your professional accounting fees should you be audited by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or any other Australian (Federal, State or Territory) government agency which has the statutory responsibility to conduct audits in relation to taxation, duties, levies or other such statutory imposts in connection with a Business.

Any client, individual or entity, can be the subject of an audit. Tax audits can be expensive and are on the increase.

What are random tax and government audits?
Audits, reviews and investigations are conducted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and other state and federal government agencies to ensure business and tax payer compliance with various tax and legislative requirements such as Income, Land and Payroll Tax, GST, Workers Compensation, Superannuation Guarantee, Compliance research, Development Grants and more.

How likely am I to get a random audit, review or investigation?
The ATO and other federal and state agencies, continue to announce they are increasing their audit activity. Increasingly, Individuals, Businesses and Self Managed Superannuation Funds are at risk of a random audit or review.

The ATO also publishes a compliance program annually. The segments they target are individuals - micro businesses (annual turnover under $2 million) and small to medium enterprises (annual turnover of over $2 million). The ATO continually increases its data collection or detection scope (including property and share transactions) under its data matching program that in 2007 - 08 accessed 78 million taxpayer income records. Benchmarking and risk profiling average business income and expenses is another ATO compliance detection tool. Statistically, a client can expect to be audited at least once every four years.

What are the costs to busineses and tax payers in the event of a random audit, review or investigation?
If your business or individual return is subjected to a random audit, review or investigation, you are responsible for the costs involved in providing the required information. Even the simplest enquiry can require hours of work. In multiple years or multiple companies and trusts, thousands of dollars in accounting and legal fees can be incurred.

What audits, reviews and investigations are covered?

  • Income Tax
  • GST & BAS
  • Superannuation Guarantee
  • PAYG Withholding
  • Fringe Benefits Tax
  • Payroll Tax
  • Land Tax
  • Stamp Duty
  • Work Cover
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • And many other lodged returns

What is not covered?

  • audits conducted by APRA
  • incidental, routine enquiries
  • audits where notification was received prior to the cover being taken up
  • fraudulent, reckless, dishonest, criminal or malicious act or omission
  • false or misleading statements attributed to deliberate evasion, recklessness or carelessness unless the client could not reasonably be expected to know the status of the statement
  • criminal prosecution of the client
  • a client's activities where the collective turnover in the latest financial year is greater than $50 million


Who is covered?
Different levels of cover are available for:

  • Salary and wage earners;
  • Businesses or business groups with turnover under $100 million;
  • Self managed superannuation funds;

In many cases, individuals and family entities can be covered by the same policy that covers the business entity – for no extra cost.

Who can help?

An insurance broker's role is to act as your representative and work in your interests, seeking the best cover at the best price for you with their skill, market knowledge and experience. Call a good one.

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Latest News

CPR joins Ausure

We would like to announce to all our Clients, Prospective Clients, Suppliers and Insurers, that Cooper Professional Risks Pty Ltd trading as CPR Insurance Services, will be leaving National Adviser Systems Pty Ltd (NAS) and joining Ausure Pty Ltd as a Corporate Authorised Representative from 9 March 2018.

Fundamentally, there is no difference to you except our Invoices will look a little different, and the Banking details will be in a different name and account number. Everything else at CPR stays the same.

There are a number of reasons we have made this decision, but the primary reason is for what we believe is best for our clients.

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Special offer to CPR Insurance clients

Employsure are providing a FREE Business Health Check to all our clients and gives you the opportunity to receive an analysis of the health and safety requirements in your workplace. Also. Employsure  will review your employment agreements as well as your wage rates helping you to avoid workplace claims.

Ordinarily this would cost you at least $1,250 but because you are a CPR Insurance client, it is free!

It involves the following review for you.

SAFECHECK

A specialist Work Health and Safety Consultant will visit your workplace and carry out:

A review of your business’ current work health and safety policies, procedures and systems to identify areas of concern or non-compliance

Following the review, you will receive a report summarising the findings and the health and safety

Status of your workplace

WAGE CHECK

A Wages Adviser will review your rates of pay and produce a Wage Check report.

The review will be conducted against the industrial instrument applicable

A report will be supplied advising if the wages are compliant and what steps to take to achieve compliance

CONTRACT REVIEW

A Document Consultant will review an employment agreement and provide recommendations.

The review will highlight compliance issues with the Fair Work Act 2009 as well as best practice

The report will make recommendations to achieve compliance and provide protection to your business.

This will remove any areas of potential dispute and risk

So what do you have to lose? Contact us on 07 3123 1137 and arrange 

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