Accountants looking to diversify into financial planning have been urged to seek a full AFS licence, with one industry stakeholder declaring that limited licensing options were a 'band-aid' solution.
Business broker John Birt, principal of Radar Results, said if accountants want to provide quality financial advice, they should be committed fully to the industry standards and processes.
"Would you be happy to have a part-time surgeon give you a triple heart bypass? You just can't do it part time," he said.
"I can see what the government wanted to try and achieve by offering this band-aid solution, but I cannot see it working effectively. You're either fully in or fully out. That's how mistakes are made when you do something half-heartedly."
Mr Birt added that a major concern regarding limited licensing is that professional indemnity insurance providers might not offer full coverage for limited advice.
Further, dealer groups might not be looking to bring on any limited licensed accountants because of certain risks. HNW Planning, a non-aligned AFSL, was one of those groups that has decided to only work with fully-licensed accountants, he said.
"When licensing of accountants was first announced, HNW Planning hoped to attract many accountants to its AFSL. They have since looked at the risk/returns and have decided against that approach," Mr Birt said.
"Instead, they're concentrating on providing a high service to a few accountants prepared to fully engage in the process."
SUBSCRIBE TO THE SMSF ADVISER BULLETIN
- 26 Sep 2017ATO set to add new items to SMSF watch listBy Katarina Taurian
- 26 Sep 2017ATO tipped to scrutinise property development and unit trustsBy Jotham Lian
- 26 Sep 2017Statistics reveal full impact of events-based reportingBy Staff Reporter
- 26 Sep 2017Tax advice exemption discrepancy driving away accountantsBy Jotham Lian
- 26 Sep 2017Consultant flags strategies to negate complex ECPI calculationsBy Miranda Brownlee
- 25 Sep 2017Survey results point to major concerns with new reportingBy Miranda Brownlee
- view all
- ATO tipped to scrutinise property development and unit trusts
One big four accounting firm says the ATO has started to zoom in on property development in unit trusts being held in SMSFs and the calculat...read more
- Statistics reveal full impact of events-based reporting
Analysis conducted by SMSF software provider BGL Corporate Solutions has indicated that around 290,000 SMSFs will be affected by the events-...read more
- Tax advice exemption discrepancy driving away accountants
A discrepancy in ASIC’s treatment of licensed and unlicensed accountants in relation to the tax advice exemption instrument is driving acc...read more
- view all