Taskers providing tax related services

A guide to using Airtasker as a tax practitioner tasker.

Taskers providing tax related services

If you provide tax related services and you receive payment or a reward for your service, remember that you need to be registered with the TPB.

‘Tax related services’ means working out or giving advice about a person’s liabilities, obligations or entitlements under tax, or acting on their behalf in dealing with the ATO. Examples are completing a person’s or business income tax return, helping them with tax concessions they may be entitled to, or working out capital gains tax or fringe benefits tax. It’s important to remember that helping someone with their business activity statement (BAS) is also a tax related service that you need to be registered to provide.

 

Are there any exceptions?

If you’re an employee or a contractor of a registered tax or BAS agent, you may not need to be registered. Some legal practitioners are also exempt. You should check with the TPB to be certain.

 

I already am registered with the TPB, can I use Airtasker to get work?

Yes, as long as you are registered for the relevant work. For example, you can’t be registered as a BAS agent and do tax agent work on Airtasker. If you want to show you are registered on Airtasker, you can use download the Registered tax practitioner symbol on the TPB website.

 

What happens if I provide tax services and I am not registered?

You can get in a lot of trouble!

Providing tax agent services for a fee when you are not registered is prohibited under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA). This means that if you’re not registered and you should be, and you provide tax agent services, you are breaking the law. The Federal Court can impose penalties for up to $52,500 for individuals for providing tax agents services for a fee or reward. You can be charged up to $10,500 for advertising services, or representing yourself as registered if you are not.

 

Can I register?

To find out if you’re qualified to register as a tax or BAS agent, you can look at the Qualifications check on the TPB website: www.tpb.gov.au/qas

 

Can I give tax advice without being registered?

If you give someone financial advice for a fee or reward, and you advise them of the tax consequences of your advice, you are providing a tax (financial) advice service and should be registered with the TPB. Tax (financial) advisers need meet licensing requirements with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) too.

 

Where can I learn more?

You can look read more about who needs to register, and how to register on the TPB website: www.tpb.gov.au

Got the skills, qualifications and registrations to help someone crunch numbers and check balances at tax time? Earn money by helping people with tax related services on  Airtasker.

Choosing the right tax practitioner

A guide to choosing the right tax practitioner for your task.

Choosing the right tax practitioner

How to choose the right tax practitioner

If you post a task for someone to help you with your tax, you should make sure that they are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board. There are a few different types of tax practitioners you might use, but most people use a tax or BAS agent.

 

When would I use a tax agent?

You use a tax agent to lodge your income tax return. You might also use a tax agent for managing other tax affairs and giving you tax advice, such as helping you with tax concessions you might be entitled to, or working out capital gains tax or fringe benefits tax. If you’re an employer, tax agents can help with managing your employer tax obligations.

 

When would I use a BAS agent?

If you are in business, and need help to lodge your quarterly business activity statement (BAS), you can use a BAS agent. You might also use a registered BAS agent to help you apply for an ABN, or help you manage tax obligations or super payments for your employees. However, BAS agents can’t lodge income tax returns (but a tax agent can assist with BAS lodgments).

 

How do I check they are registered?

There’s a free register available to check if your agent is registered: TPB Register

Just type in the name of your agent and hit ‘Search’. If they are registered, their name and registration number will come up.

There’s also a symbol that registered tax and BAS agents can use to show their clients they are registered – look for the symbol on their Airtasker profile, website, emails or social media pages.

 

What’s the difference between a tax agent and an accountant?

A tax agent is a specialist in taxation, whereas an accountant can give advice on a wider range of financial issues, such as super, insurance etc. Whether you choose to see a registered tax/BAS agent or an accountant will depend on what you need help with. You can look at MoneySmart’s Choosing an accountant page for more information. Just remember, if you choose to use an accountant to do your tax, they still need to be registered with the TPB.

 

What happens if I use someone who is not registered?

If you use someone to do your tax or BAS who isn’t registered, you’re at risk of using someone who is not able to give you proper and accurate tax advice. Further, you will be using someone who isn’t qualified or bound by a Code of Professional Conduct. Registered tax and BAS agents must meet education and qualification requirements, and have professional indemnity insurance to cover their clients for their negligence.

 

What if I pay someone for financial planning advice, including tax advice – do they need to be registered?

Yes. If someone is providing you with financial advice and they provide advice on the tax consequences (which is usually the case), they need to be registered. You can look up tax (financial) advisers on the TPB Register. Tax (financial) advisers need meet licensing requirements with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) too.

 

What if I know about someone who is providing tax services without being registered?

You can let the TPB know and they will investigate it. There can be serious consequences for providing tax services without being registered.

 

Where can I learn more?

You can read more about using a registered tax or BAS agent on the TPB website: www.tpb.gov.au

Need someone to help crunch numbers and check balances at tax time? Find someone with the skills to help with tax related services on Airtasker.

New feature: Must-haves

Got certain requirements for your task? Make them stand out with must-haves

New feature: Must-haves

Ever had some things that absolutely must be done on your task? Well, now you can insist on these easier than ever in your next task.

Simply add in your requirements as a must-have when you’re posting your next task.

Keep your eyes out for Add must-have under the task description box, then enter what you need (up to 3 max).

Then when a Tasker comes to make an offer on your task, they’ll have to confirm that they can meet these must-haves – meaning you get better, higher-quality offers to get what you need done!

eBay x Airtasker Special Offer

So it’s time to move or revamp your home...

eBay x Airtasker Special Offer

With so much to do, do you truly want to spend hours in crowded shopping centres and parking lots, only to go home and assemble it all yourself?

Instead, simply sit back at home and let eBay and Airtasker do the hard work! eBay is now offering 15% off* selected sellers that specialise in home, garden and so much more. So whether it’s trendy furniture from Temple & Webster, outdoors tools from OzPlaza or home entertainment from Grays Online, you’ll save loads by upgrading your home in the eBay sale.

Not only will you get 15% off, but you’ll also receive $20 off your next task done through Airtasker when you spend $50 or more**!

Want to Click & Collect a bulky piece of equipment but don’t have the car space to pick it up? Need a hand installing new fixtures? Or would you feel more confident if someone built that flat pack furniture for you?

No matter what you need help with, there’s an expert Airtasker who’s up for the task.

This also includes items from Motherworld, Super Hobby Store, Hobby Warehouse, Edisons, Mytopia, Bargains Online, TradePro Hardware, Sello and Global Fitness & Leisure – so start upgrading your home now and save with eBay and Airtasker!

*$1000 Maximum discount. 10 items per transaction. 3 coupon transactions per person.

**Minimum task value $50. Limit 1 Airtasker voucher per customer

DIY home renovation hacks

Needing a bit of a change? Let's look at some DIY home renovation hacks you can take on yourself

DIY home renovation hacks

Making changes to your home doesn’t have to be a big costly project because sometimes the most noticeable difference comes from the smaller changes. By going at your own pace with some help along the way you can take your time, manage your finances better and really enjoy the DIY home renovation experience.

Top DIY home renovation tips

  • Be realistic – your budget will probably blow out because let’s face it, no renovation goes according to plan. It saves a lot of stress if you account for a financial buffer from the start.
  • Check with your council to ask if any special permission is required for your renovations. This will save you a lot of heartaches later.
  • Do your research – there are plenty of home improvement articles and videos but you just need to check a couple of different sources before you get stuck in.
  • Consider giving your house a fresh coat of paint; it will make a huge difference in ambience and it’s also a good time to rearrange the furniture as it will all need to move away from the walls too.
  • Got old carpet? Rip it up. It’s all about polished floorboards with a beautiful rug or polished concrete these days.

Bathroom

Measure up the bathroom size and then everything in it. Sit down and draw up a floor plan of your current bathroom and use that figure out how to create more room. If you have a small bathroom, you have to be a little more creative with the space, such as how you use the right shelving to make it look larger.

Use a pedestal sink or simply a sink with no vanity cupboards beneath it in a small bathroom for more floor space. This eliminates the home renovation costs of re-creating an entire plumbing system for your bathroom.

But if you’re still worried about storage, create some open shelving for bath products, towels and magazines. This is an elegant-looking yet simple and easy solution for bathroom clutter that only takes a few painted planks of wood and brackets.

Living room

 

Need more storage in your living room? DIY! Turn a big old wooden box into your coffee table, or simply add sides and a door to your existing coffee table. That way, you can store things in an easy to access place that is out of sight (e.g. Christmas decorations, linen, extra glassware, etc). This will also encourage you to keep your coffee table cleaner as you need to be able to access what’s underneath.

Another way to add more storage is with shelving. Consider attaching a flat-pack set of cupboards to your wall and painting them the same colour; this will then allow the shelving to melt into the wall behind and not look as much like shelving. Using open shelves on a blank wall (or even a feature wall) is a great way to store candles, tissues, lamps, books, etc.

Bedroom

If you don’t have enough room for bedside tables, you can attach shelving above your headboard – just make sure nothing will easily fall on you while you sleep.

Your current wardrobe set up might not be the best use of space. This is the time to ask the professionals about changing the inside of your current wardrobe system. Reducing or increasing your hanging space can make a real difference.

Paint a feature wall in a calming blue or green to mix up the room and also help you sleep easier.

Kitchen

Painting and replacing all the handles on your kitchen cabinet doors is the easiest way to make the most dramatic change. Picking a light colour will really freshen up the room and make it look larger.

These days you can paint just about anything. There’s even paint for tiles and laminate, which means you don’t need to knock out tiles and replace – you can just paint over it and it will get you by for a while.

Here are some more DIY kitchen hacks and tips to think about before you started.

Laundry

The laundry is a pretty neglected room but with some simple updates you can turn it into a functional space you may even want to spend more time in.

Some basics that you can add to spiff up your laundry are cupboards that have an integrated ironing unit with a space to hang freshly pressed shirts.

If you have a standalone sink, look at building a bench space around it to make it more usable when your handwashing your delicates.

We have plenty of Cheap Home Renovation Ideas for a bit of extra inspiration and if you need a helping hand, there are plenty of Airtaskers that can help you get your DIY home renovation task done.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other home renovation hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

Airtasker Diz earns $171,000

Let’s take a look back on last year & check out some of the findings from our 4th annual Future of Work Survey...

Airtasker Diz earns $171,000

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how much the Airtasker community has grown over the past 5 years. Time and again, we’re blown away by some of the wonderful stories we see and hear of hard-working Australians earning good money making the most of their unique, individual skills.

We’re incredibly proud to share with you that last year one of our top members, Diz J., earned over $171,000 on the platform in 2017! To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 3 times the average wage in Australia (which currently sits around $61,000). It just goes to show – it’s amazing what people can accomplish with a kick-ass work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit!

Around this time every year we release a bunch of data and facts about how people use the Airtasker platform in our Future of Work Survey. This helps give us some great insights into the “sharing economy” and the awesome opportunities that are possible for both earners and consumers.

Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Airtasker has grown to over 1.8 million members, doubling in size since January last year. We’re now creating over 1.4 million tasks every year — that’s over $240 million worth of work — up 140% from 2016!
  • Our highest earning Airtasker brought in $171,000 during 2017 from work completed through Airtasker. Another member earned over $34,500 in a single month last year. That’s some good hustle in action!
  • 2017 showed some our most popular tasks are removalist, cleaning, gardening, handywork and pickup/delivery work.
  • And coming in from left-field, some of our fastest growing categories were crafting (up 606%), community gardening (up 283%) and makeup & beauty (up 245%).
  • Airtaskers also seem to be on-point with all the latest consumer and tech trends. Bitcoin-related tasks surged an astounding 1066% in 2017, while drone-related tasks increased a solid 215%.

It’s our goal to help our member be able to fully realise and even maximise the value of their own skills – these numbers show we’re well on our way!

“Bitcoin-related tasks surged an astounding 1066% in 2017.”
Airtasker

Our 4th annual Future of Work Survey also shows that more and more Australians are eagerly embracing the sharing economy in their everyday search for extra money and flexibility.

Key stats:

  • We’ve got a staggering 2.1 million Australians (11.2% of working Australians) using the sharing economy to boost their income – that’s almost double our 2016 survey.
  • 38% of Australians getting services through the sharing economy – a massive 10% lift from last year.
  • 9 out of every 10 working Australians are looking to earn some extra money to boost their income in 2018.
  • And 4 out of 5 Australians (79.8%) agree with the statement, “The traditional employment model of the 9-5 office job is inflexible for workers in 2018 and into the future”.

The real challenge for us here at Airtasker is to make sure our members have the support they need to seek and find that extra money and flexibility in their lives they’re looking for. On that front, we’re proud to say 2017 was a great year.

We also reached a landmark agreement with Unions NSW last year, aiming at increasing minimum rates of pay and improving conditions for gig economy workers. We’ll continue to keep talking with all our stakeholders so we make sure make that we’re constantly improving.

Airtasker also developed income protection insurance specifically tailored for gig economy workers – this is a world-first and yet one more thing that we are very proud of!

There’s plenty more work to be done. So let’s get on with making 2018 even more awesome!

Got friends? Win $1,000!

Refer a friend to win $1,000 in Airtasker credit!

Got friends? Win $1,000!

We’re giving the top referrer on Airtasker $1,000 to help them get their to-do list done.

How to win? It’s easy

  1. Get your referral link from airtasker.com/account/refer/ 
  2. Share your link with your friends
  3. Get all your mates posting tasks and the person with the most referred friends wins!

 

When your friends sign up, they’ll receive $25 off Airtasker, and you’ll receive $10 credit.

 

Whoever refers the most friends, wins an extra $1,000  to use towards getting the house cleaned, gardening taken care of or some help with the odd-jobs around the home.

 

Terms and conditions

Competition period starts Thursday 30/11/2017 9am AEDT and ends on Wednesday 31/1/2018 6pm AEDT. The winner is selected on most completed referrals during competition period as stated above (i.e. the referred user has had their first task completed) and will be announced on 1/2/2018. All tasks and members must comply with the Community Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

Airtasker x Coles partnership

Let’s revolutionise online grocery shopping!

Airtasker x Coles partnership

NOTE:

This article was accurate before May 2018 and may now be outdated! Please check out this article for all the latest news on Airtasker x Coles.


We’re hugely proud to announce a new partnership with Coles designed to offer you a brand new, revolutionary way to get your groceries delivered where and when you need them!

If you are in NSW Metro, you can now have your Coles groceries shopped & delivered on the same day by Airtaskers.

To get your shopping delivered visit https://www.airtasker.com/coles/

How do I post a Coles Shop and Deliver task?

  1. Visit airtasker.com/coles, enter your suburb and click “Get it delivered”.
  2. Post your task. Specify what Coles grocery items you need and your preferred delivery location and time.
  3. Review offers and select an Airtasker.

Once you’ve accepted an offer, you can pay securely via Airtasker Pay. You can talk with the Airtasker and make on-the-fly changes you need at any time directly through the app.

We’ve also ensured that all Coles Badged Airtaskers have a 4.5+ star review rating, 80% Completion Rate and an excellent track record.

Why should I use Airtasker for my grocery shopping?

Airtasker goes hand-in-hand with the existing Coles Online delivery service by helping customers have their shopping delivered on the same day or even in a few hours. We also give customers the ability to change any items on their list while the Airtasker is at the store.

How do I pay for the groceries and for delivery?

When posting your task you’ll need to give a budget for the delivery. Airtaskers can then make you an offer to pick and deliver the items on your shopping list. If an item on the list isn’t at the store, they’ll get in touch with you so you can figure out what you’d like to replace it with. Once the shopping is complete you will receive a notification to approve the shopping cost.

Coles Badges

To get the Coles Badge, you must:

  • Have completed 2 or more tasks through Airtasker
  • Have a minimum Star Rating of 4.5 stars
  • Have a minimum Completion Rate of 80%

If you’ve got all these and would like a Coles Badge, you’ll need to go through an online launch programme info session (takes about 20 minutes).

Apply now 

House painting hacks

Painting your house can be made easier and quicker with a few ideas, tips and tricks.

House painting hacks

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can give it an instant facelift.
But let’s face it, it’s not exactly an easy task. With prep, painting and cleaning up – not to mention time-consuming, some extra tips and tricks can make it less painful. Here are our house painting hacks to help you refresh your home.

Plan

As much as we wish it was as easy to pick a weekend, go to Bunnings, pick up some paint and it’s all done by the Sunday night… it’s often not as easy as that. But if you properly plan, you can get pretty close to it.

You need to plan:

  • What and how to cover furniture
  • When are you going to paint –  a long weekend will give you an extra day
  • What tools you need e.g. spray gun, brushes, rollers, sandpaper
  • Who’s going to help you? If you need an extra hand, get there are plenty of painting experts who can help.

Paint

What colour you choose is a big decision to make so it’s important to do your research, talk to your local paint shop and also get as many samples as you can.

Paint the samples on the wall in big swatches and also some closer to the carpet line, if you need it to match. Then leave it for a few days and see which one works for you.

Rollers

If you’re using a roller that you already have, make sure you wash it thoroughly. If it’s brand-new roll a lint roller over it before you start to get rid of all the fluff, which you don’t want in your paint.

Primers

If you are painting over previously painted walls, run a swab with some rubbing alcohol over your old-painted walls. If paint comes off, the surface is latex-based paint and if it doesn’t, it’s oil-based paint. This is important as oil-based paint needs a primer.

Speaking of primer, use one. It will make your paintwork look cleaner and last a lot longer.

Prepare

Hate cleaning up after painting? Then don’t. Line your paint tray with a glad wrap so you don’t have to wash it up after the painting is done.

You can buy drop sheets but save your money and use some old bed sheets that are taking up cupboard space.

Painting furniture

If you are painting chairs, lightly tap some nails into the legs of the chairs. Voila, you can now paint all over without leaving paint marks on the floor.

Same goes with bigger items; prop them up on blocks of wood to get optimum access with your paint brush.

Painting tips

When painting, run your roller in a ‘w’ shape like a zig-zag. This will give the best finish when dry. It will also help you to space out the paint by using long lines so that you don’t get any bubbles or dripping.

If you are painting on concrete, all you have to do it coat it with white vinegar and let that dry before painting over the top. This will prevent the paint from cracking.

External painting

If you are painting outside, consider hiring a spray-painting system. It will save you a lot of time and will give you an excellent finish. All you need to do is cross your fingers for great weather.

Painting hacks

Put Vaseline over screws, hinges, and windows so that paint won’t stick to it if you go over with your paintbrush.

Are the paint fumes a bit too much? Apparently, you can cut up some onions and leave them around the room to neutralise the smell. For a more pleasant smell, add an extract to your paint, such as peppermint or vanilla, and mix in as much as possible. This counteracts fumes and will leave your house smelling beautiful.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other painting tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Airtasker x eBay partnership

Need help selling your eBay items or getting things delivered - an Airtasker can help!

Airtasker x eBay partnership

Looking to declutter but don’t want the hassle of managing your eBay listings? We’re working together with eBay to get the help you need.

Who is Airtasker?

Airtasker is an online marketplace for individuals and businesses to outsource tasks, from decluttering to gardening, pet minding to graphic design tasks.

Community members post tasks and receive offers from available Airtasker Workers to complete their task. When an offer is accepted, payment is added via Airtasker Pay.

Payment methods include both credit and debit cards. Payment is held until the task is completed and then you will need to release the task payment to the Airtasker Worker.

eBay selling tasks

What are eBay selling help tasks?

eBay selling tasks are a great way for those who have unwanted items that they want to sell (but don’t have the time or skills), to sell them quickly and easily.

Post details of your items for sale on Airtasker and get someone to help you out decluttering and selling your items.

How can I take part?

Just sign up to Airtasker and post your task up for people to make offers on here: https://www.airtasker.com/ebay/sell-my-stuff/

 

eBay delivery tasks

When buying items on eBay, you often have the option to go pick it up in person – but sometimes that’s just not possible!

That’s why we are introducing eBay delivery tasks on Airtasker – they’re a great way of getting someone to go pick up that item on your behalf and deliver it straight to your door simply and easily.

How can I take part?

Just sign up to Airtasker and post your task up for people to make offers on here: https://www.airtasker.com/ebay/delivery/

 

More about eBay

With 11 million Aussie buyers, powerful selling tools from listing to postage, eBay is the marketplace where your items are more likely to be sold at the best price.