Vicki Stylianou, the IPA’s executive general manager, leadership, told AccountantsDaily’s sister publication SMSF Adviser that many firms are not ready for the new environment.
"The ATO is doing a lot more around education and training and tools for taxpayers … which is stuff that traditionally a lot of accountants are doing," Ms Stylianou said.
“The government’s move to wean taxpayers off tax agents, and thereby saving billions of dollars in deductions, I think that’s going to start accelerating too.”
“Between the automation, the competition that’s going on, accountants really have to just get stuck into what they’re going to be doing … and really have a good long hard look at what they’re doing and where they’re going.”
Ms Stylianou’s comments come after research from Vanguard and Investment Trends, released last week, showed 31 per cent of investors used an accountant between 2012 and 2014 to set up their SMSF, compared with 53 per cent between 2009 and 2011.
The research also showed the use of administrators to set up an SMSF increased from 16 per cent between 2009 and 2011 to 24 per cent between 2012 and 2014.