Summary of how to make a complaint against a member of ATAINZ
We will need the following details:
- Your name, address, email address and phone number(s).
- The name and address of the person you are making the complaint against.
- Details of the complaint. Please be specific. Detail the alleged breach of the Rules or Code of Ethics (click here to view Rules, Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Procedures)
Complaints must be accompanied by a fee of $100.
IMPORTANT - The complaints process does not investigate issues relating to fees. Fees charged by ATAINZ members are a commercial matter between the member and their clients and are outside of ATAINZ’s jurisdiction.
Where a dispute regarding fees arises you should talk to the member about your concerns with the view to reaching a settlement. If this fails, consider contacting an organisation which mediates commercial disputes. There is usually a cost in using mediation services.
Be aware that if you choose not to pay the member they may raise a claim against you in a court of law which you will need to defend.
As the accountancy profession is not regulated, there is no schedule of fees for accountants, tax agents, financial planners or advisers. The marketplace determines rates and ensures fees remain competitive.
Fees will vary based on many factors, including number of employees, the service being provided and the practice's costs and overheads. Whenever you use the services of a member of ATAINZ you should request a letter of engagement that clearly sets out the services to be provided and the basis on which fees will be charged.