South East Accounting are once again offering our clients Audit Coverage in case the ATO conduct an audit on you. We will be doing a mail out to our business clients, however we want to give all of our clients the opportunity to buy into this.

The Tax Man is getting tough…. Are you covered??

The ATO are auditing more than ever lately. This is a way to keep your mind at ease if this happens to YOU.

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, FBT, Record Keeping, Workers Compensation, Employer Obligations, Superannuation Guarantee and Self Managed Superannuation Fund Compliance amongst others.

How likely am I to get a random audit, review or investigation?

The ATO, along with other federal and state agencies continue to announce significant increases in their audit activity. Now more than ever, Individuals, Businesses and Self Managed Superannuation Funds are at risk of being selected for a random audit or review. The ATO’s “Big Brother” computer system now enables it to review and audit previously

untargeted tax payers.

What are the costs to businesses and tax payers in the event of a random audit, review or


If your business or individual return is subjected to a random audit, review or investigation, you are responsible for the costs (professional fees) 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. The cost of being properly represented in these matters can be quite considerable depending on the length of time involved

How can I protect myself from the costs of random audits, reviews and investigations?

We can offer you an Audit Shield Service which can provide you with comprehensive relief from these costs (fees). The Audit Shield Service provides for the payment of the professional fees incurred as a result of you being selected for an audit, review or investigation by the ATO or other Government body. The Audit Shield Service provides a fixed, cost effective solution to guard against these unbudgeted costs.

What Costs are covered?

The service covers all professional fees up to a prescribed limit (with no excess) when responding to or representing you in an audit, review or investigation. These include not only our fees, but also legal fees, bookkeeping fees and specialist professional advisor fees (e.g. quantity surveyors, valuers, and actuaries).

Who is covered?

All of our clients can take advantage of the Audit Shield Service. Different levels of cover are available for:

  • Salary and wage earners;
  • Businesses or business groups;
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds.