28 Jun 2024
Tax audit insurance for small business owners
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Tax audit insurance for small business owners

  • A small business can be faced with a tax audit at any time
  • Professional fees associated with preparing for an audit can be costly
  • Tax audit insurance covers you for audit preparation costs, where professionals can take care of it all for you

For small business owners, the possibility of being faced with a tax audit from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can be a worry. Not only do audits require considerable time and effort, they could also come with high costs.

That’s where tax audit insurance can help.

While you may already have insurance in place for public liability, tax audit cover is also worth looking into. In this article we explain what tax audit cover is, along with why it’s important to consider.

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What is tax audit insurance?

Not every business expects to be audited by the ATO, but it can happen. How would you take time away from running your business to prepare for an audit? Sometimes, it’s best left to the professionals.

Shot of a man and woman going through paperwork together in their coffee shopTax audit insurance covers fees paid to accountants, who can help you prepare for an audit and represent your business throughout the process.

While tax audit insurance covers you for costs associated with audit preparation, it doesn’t cover any taxes, fines, or penalties the ATO may impose following their conclusion.

Why would I consider it?

The key benefit of tax audit insurance is financial security.

You could be selected randomly at any time, or a tax audit could be triggered by discrepancies in tax returns, or unusual financial activity. That means the potential of fees associated with an audit is a real possibility.

Tax audit insurance gives a business owner security, knowing that fees for professional help can be covered.

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Who is tax audit insurance for?

Tax audit insurance is suitable for small businesses that don’t have the financial buffer to absorb unexpected expenses like audit fees.

It can benefit businesses in sectors that are frequently audited or those with complex tax situations. Businesses that show significant financial variability may also find tax audit insurance beneficial, given the increased scrutiny this may attract from the ATO.

While the prospect of an audit can be daunting, the financial strain associated with it doesn't need to be. Tax audit insurance offers a practical solution by covering the costs of professional fees during audits, enabling business owners to focus on what they’re good at – running their business.

QBE offers Tax Audit cover as an additional option with QBE Small Business Insurance.

Learn more about QBE Small Business Insurance

This advice is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. You must decide whether or not it is appropriate, in light of your own circumstances, to act on this advice. To decide if QBE's Small Business Insurance is right for you, please read the QBE Small Business Insurance Policy Wording (QM9264). Insurance issued and underwritten by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035, AFSL 239545).

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