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Why do I need a BAS agent versus a bookkeeper?

Can someone shed any light on why I should hire BAS agent services versus my bookkeeper lodging my BAS? Are bookkeepers authorised to lodge BAS statements?

Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent

Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent, Owner / Manager ★ Certified Bookkeeper ★ BAS Agent at My Office Books - Virtual Bookkeeper & BAS Agent

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Anyone can be a bookkeeper 
They can enter data into an excel sheet or accounting software
Reconcile the bank statement
Print out set reports on your accounting software for you
Perform general administrative tasks in the office 
Submit data via Single Touch Payroll using an accounting system that is already setup
Install accounting software and train the owner as long as they do not change or advise the owner on BAS services.
They can perform any form of activity except a BAS Agent service or Tax Agent Service

What a bookkeeper cannot do if they are a contractor and not under the supervision of a BAS Agent or Tax Agent
(This means if the bookkeeper makes a mistake, the supervising BAS Agent or Tax Agent takes responsibility)
Set up payroll 
Change, setup or give advice on what tax codes to use
Change, setup or give advice on wages, superannuation or Single Touch Payroll
Prepare or lodge a BAS statement
Provide advice on GST matters

BAS Agents can perform the following services if they have the training and are competent to do so
Refer to https://www.tpb.gov.au/bas-services
Set up accounting software determining indirect taxes and GST
Set up payroll and provide advice 
Change, setup or give advice on what tax codes to use
Change, setup or give advice on wages, superannuation or Single Touch Payroll
Prepare or lodge a BAS statement
Provide advice on GST matters
Design, Advice, and review your business entitlements and obligations to the Australian Taxation Office on indirect taxes, BAS reporting, and payroll. 
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