Post: ASIC disqualifies Western Australian SMSF auditor

ASIC has disqualified Paul Tattersall, of Western Australia, from being an approved auditor of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) for breaching independence requirements. 

ASIC found that Mr Tattersall had breached the auditor-independence requirements of APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants in auditing his own fund and the fund of an immediate family member. Mr Tattersall also audited a fund where an immediate family member had prepared the financial statements. 

ASIC Commissioner John Price said, ‘SMSF auditors play a fundamental role in promoting confidence in the SMSF sector so it is crucial that they adhere to ethical standards. ASIC will continue to take action where the conduct of SMSF auditors is inadequate.’ 

SMSF trustees and members can check whether their auditor is registered, or whether a person has been disqualified, by searching ASIC’s SMSF auditor register.

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