ASIC has disqualified yet another SMSF auditor for breaching the independence requirements.
ASIC announced that it had disqualified Keith Mar, of NSW, from being an approved SMSF auditor. The regulator said it found Mr Mar had breached the independence requirements in APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants by auditing his own fund, the fund of an immediate family member and a fund where he was the trustee and an immediate family member was a trustee.
This is the seventh disqualification of an SMSF auditor so far in 2018, six of which have related to independence requirements.
ASIC Commissioner John Price repeated his statement following a disqualification: “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.’
As with recent disqualifications, Mr Mar was referred to ASIC by the ATO – as allowed by the SIS Act.
“ASIC and the ATO work closely together as co-regulators of SMSF auditors. The ATO monitors SMSF auditor conduct and may refer matters to ASIC for possible action such as disqualification or suspension of their registration,” said ASIC.
SMSF trustees can check the registration status of SMSF auditors on ASIC’s SMSF auditor register.