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BGL boss tells CA ANZ to help lobby or 'butt out'

BGL boss tells CA ANZ to help lobby or 'butt out'

Michael Croker, CA ANZ
Miranda Brownlee
21 September 2018

An SMSF software firm has criticised a major accounting body for its response to lobby efforts aimed at reinstating the accountants’ exemption.

At a recent conference, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) tax leader Michael Croker said the accounting body didn’t see the reinstatement of the accountants’ exemption as something that was likely to happen.

Mr Croker said that, based on meetings at the ministerial level, with its own committees and with CPA, the CA ANZ didn’t see the restoration of the accountants exemption eventuating.

Mr Lesh has since labelled the comments made by CA ANZ as “disturbing” and accused the accounting body of failing to represent member views.

“If members have concern, maybe CA ANZ should be listening to them and taking this up with government - not talking it down,” said Mr Lesh.

Mr Lesh said the current system for SMSF advice is “simply not working”.

“Everyone knows this. ASIC shadow shopping proves it. The industry needs a better solution. When you cut the most trusted financial adviser out of the system, what result do you expect?” said Mr Lesh.

“The government needs to bring back the accountants’ exemption. If the accounting organisations are not going to be helpful and supportive, then butt out.”

BGL boss tells CA ANZ to help lobby or 'butt out'
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