Professional Audit and Assurance Services

Audit and Assurance

Altus offers a range of statutory audit services for organisations of all sizes from small businesses, through to public companies, overseas subsidiaries and associations. 

How we help:

  • External and internal audit 
  • Internal control reviews 
  • Trust account audits 
  • Taxation Audit Assistance & Negotiation


Tax Audit Protection

Audit reviews, enquiries and investigations are continuing to increase for Individuals, Businesses and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds by the ATO. Sophisticated data matching technology has enabled detailed cross-referencing of information from an assortment of government departments, which is increasing the frequency and scope of Audits, Reviews and Investigations.


What does this mean for you?

It means that more SMEs and wealthy individuals will be targeted for tax investigations, based on the ATO’s perception of the “risk” that the taxpayer may not be complying with tax law.

We can tell you that this is rarely a pleasant experience, and may cost you significantly in terms of dealing with the ATO, providing them with the information they require and fully and professionally representing your position to achieve the right outcome.

We advise all of our clients to seriously consider insuring this risk.


How likely am I to get a random audit, review or investigation?

It is likely. Many Government bodies are increasing their audit activity.

Now more than ever, Individuals, Businesses and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds are at risk of being selected for a random audit or review. The ATO’s enhanced data-matching capabilities now enables wider scope to target both businesses and individuals.


What are the costs involved?

This can be a costly exercise, not just financially but with stress and time too.

If you or your business is subjected to an audit, you are responsible for the costs (professional fees) involved in providing the required information. Even the simplest enquiry can require hours of work. In multiple years or multiple companies and trusts, thousands of dollars in accounting and legal fees can be incurred. The cost of being properly represented in these matters can be quite considerable depending on the length of time involved.

Recently Altus was involved in an audit that took 6 months to investigate. The client was protected 100% by the advice we gave, however, a lot of stress was experienced and there was significant fees incurred to defend the case. We believe if the client had audit insurance, the financial risk would have been insured. The important question to ask yourself is “do you have a spare 6 months to go through an audit or investigation? And the costs to go with it?”  


What can I do?

Altus can offer you an Audit Shield Service which can provide you with comprehensive relief from these costs (fees). The Audit Shield Service provides for the payment of our professional fees incurred as a result of you being selected for an audit, review or investigation by the ATO or other government body. The Audit Shield Service provides a fixed, cost effective solution to guard against these unbudgeted costs. 


What costs are covered?

Fees normally payable by you up to the completion of the Audit, Review or Investigation, or until the cover limit as stated on your acceptance form is exhausted. Fees of any other outside person (e.g. taxation lawyers) or relevant consultant engaged or instructed by us to assist us in a response are also covered.

Upon conclusion of the audit, we will present for payment our fees on your behalf to the insurer for recovery against the policy. Should a difference arise between our bill and the amount available to be recovered against the policy, we may need to seek the shortfall payment of our fees from you.


What audits, reviews, enquiries and investigations are covered?

  • Income Tax
  • GST & BAS
  • Fringe Benefits Tax
  • Employer Obligation Audits
  • Record Keeping
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Payroll Tax
  • Workcover/Workers Compensation
  • Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (cover available separately)
  • And many other lodged returns


Who is covered?

All of our clients can take advantage of the Audit Shield Service. Different levels of cover are available for:

  • Salary and wage earners
  • Businesses or business groups
  • Self-Managed Superannuation Funds

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