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When you need an accountant's letter

When you apply for the June and July 2022 storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant, if you are a sole trader, you must submit evidence that you derive 51% or more of your income from the business.

This should be in the form of a letter from a qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent.

How to prepare the letter

The information that your accountant's letter should include is in the following letter template. To create the letter from this template, your accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent should:

  • copy the sample text below onto business letterhead that includes the name, address and ABN or ACN of their business or employer
  • provide all the information requested in the table
  • where there are square brackets [ ], insert the requested details and delete the irrelevant choice
  • sign the letter or insert a digital signature, ensuring it includes their:
    • full name and position title
    • contact telephone number and email address, and
    • professional registration details and registration number of the respective professional association
  • attach the completed letter to the application where requested.

We will assess submitted information according to the program guidelines, the Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Collection Notice.

If the letter has incomplete information, processing of your application may be delayed or we may ask you to provide a new letter with the correct information.

Letter template

Attn: SNSW Assessment Officer

Re: June and July 2022 Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant

I confirm that I am a qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent [delete as required] and provide this certificate with respect to:

Applicant's business name: [insert applicant's business name]
Applicant's business address (impacted address in defined disaster area for AGRN 1025): [insert applicant's business address]
Applicant's Australian Business Number (ABN): [insert applicant's ABN]

In accordance with the June and July 2022 Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant guidelines and based on the information the applicant has provided to me, I confirm that the above listed entity derived 51% or more of their income from before the storm and flood disaster events commencing on 27 June 2022 (AGRN 1025) and would have continued to derive the majority of income from the business had it not been for this event, pursuant to clause 4.1.3a. and b. of the June and July 2022 Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant guidelines published on the Service NSW website.

I have not conducted an audit or assurance engagement to verify the reliability, accuracy or completeness of the information the applicant has provided to me and do not express an audit opinion or a review conclusion. This includes not conducting any enquiries to determine whether there are entities in addition to those identified to me by the applicant which were connected to, or affiliates of, the applicant at any time during the period in question.

[Signature of qualified accountant or registered tax agent]

[Date] 

[Insert qualified accountant or registered tax agent’s:

  • full name, position title 
  • contact telephone number, email address
  • professional registration details and registration number of respective professional association]

Penalties

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. If information is found to be untrue or misleading, the matter may be referred to NSW Police and criminal penalties may apply.

Last updated: 14 July 2022