Do you need a letter from an accountant?

If you’re self-employed, you may find it difficult to provide your most recent financials to prove your income.

Other times, your financials don’t accurately reflect your yearly earnings, particularly if you’ve purposely reduced your income for tax purposes.

To make life easier for you, this page contains letter templates that your accountant can use when your bank asks you to provide evidence of your income.

Bank requirements for an accountant letter

The accountant letter should be:

  • On your accountant’s company letterhead, including contact numbers and the firm’s Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Contain details of any industry memberships / CPA qualifications.
  • Dated.
  • Signed.
  • Contain the name of the person who signed the letter.
  • Contain the name of the person who the letter is about, including their company (if applicable).
  • Should confirm that the firm acts as the accountant for the person who the letter is about.
  • Most accountants will require some kind of disclaimer to be in the letter to protect them from legal action.

Most lenders will accept a faxed copy but some will require your mortgage broker to hold the original on file.

Accountant letter template

You can ask your accountant to use this sample letter from accountant confirming income as a template.

All they need to do is copy it onto their letterhead, amend the details, print, sign and fax to us, your mortgage broker.

This sample letter is used when the bank requires a letter confirming that a business is trading at a profit.

This is required when the bank hasn’t seen financial statements or tax returns for the business.


To Whom It May Concern:

Re: John Smith & Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd

We confirm the following details regarding John Smith and his company Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd:

  • We act as the accountant for both John & Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd.
  • We confirm that to the best of our knowledge Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd is trading at a profit and can pay all liabilities that it has.

This information is true to the best of our knowledge and has been confirmed from independent enquiries with our customer and our own records.

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact our office on 02 0000 0000.



Adam Johnston
Johnston Accounting Pty Ltd

If you’re using a Home Loan Experts broker to arrange your loan, call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online for assistance with your letter.

Other types of accountant letters

There are many different reasons why a bank may request an accountant’s letter so there are many different templates that you may need to use.

Below, we have included text that you may need for the most common accountant letters.

Due to privacy legislation, many accountants won’t talk to the bank directly or to your mortgage broker, so you’ll have to request your accountant to write a letter for the bank.

By providing them with the template, they’ll have less work to do, write the letter faster and charge lower fees, if any at all.

Below are some circumstances that banks commonly ask for clarity around.

Business not trading

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd is no longer trading and has no liabilities of significance.

One-off expenses

We confirm that Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd had a bad debt to their largest client in the 2015/2016 financial year which they were forced to write off. This is a one off event and is unlikely to occur again. It would be appropriate to add back this expense when calculating the customer’s ability to service a new loan.

Change in income between financial years

The profit generated by Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd significantly increased between the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 financial years. This is because John Smith was not working for over 6 months of the year due to a personal issue that required his attention. For this reason, it would be appropriate to use the figures from the 2015/2016 financial year when assessing John’s ability to service a new loan.

Change in income due to start up expenses

The profit generated by Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd has significantly increased between the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 financial years. This is because 2008/2009 was the first year of the businesses operation and so there were one off start up expenses, initial advertising costs and a smaller existing customer base. For this reason, it would be appropriate to use the 2009/2010 financial years income to assess John’s ability to service a new loan. Based on recently lodged BAS and independent inquiries with the director, it would appear that this level of income is likely to continue or increase.

New business in the same industry as a previous job

We confirm that John Smith was previously employed as an IT consultant for 10 years before starting his own business in the same industry. Although John’s business has only been trading for one year, it has already generated a substantial income and has a loyal customer base. Based on enquiries with the director and recently lodged BAS, it would be reasonable to expect the income from John’s business in the next financial year to be equal to or better than that in the most recent 2009/2010 financial year.

Contractor with no major expenses

We confirm that John Smith is operating as a sole trader that contracts to an IT business. He is paid an hourly contract rate and has no major expenses such as staff, tools or rent that other types of businesses may incur. For this reason, it would be reasonable to assess his income in a similar method to that of someone who is employed on a PAYG basis.

Change in ABN / Business structure:

We confirm that Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd is the same business that was previously using John Smith’s sole trader ABN. Although this is a new entity, the business is essentially the same. John has been self employed in this business for over 6 years. For this reason, it would be reasonable to assess these two entities as the same business when assessing John Smith’s ability to service a new loan.

Family employees

We confirm that Anna Smith is employed by Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd which is owned by her father John Smith. She’s been working for Smith Family Printing Pty Ltd for only four months and as such there has been no group certificate issued. We confirm that her income is $40,000 p.a. as shown on her payslips.

Check out the family job home loan page for more information.

Loan purpose confirmation

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge John Smith is using the proposed loan from ABC Bank to invest in shares.

Discretionary trust distributions

We confirm that John Smith is the sole director and shareholder of the trustee company and also the appointer for his discretionary trust. He has full control of the current and future distribution of income from the trust.

He has chosen to distribute income from the trust to his mother and his sister to reduce his taxable income.

Check out the discretionary trust page for more information.

Complicated ownership structure

Check out this word doc for a full example template.

Low doc loan accountants letter (Example 1)

Re: John Smith,

I have acted as an accountant and tax agent for the above mentioned client since 1/1/2010. The client is involved in the IT consulting industry. The income stated by the applicant, John Smith, on the self-certification form of $100,000 p.a. is gross profit after expenses and before income tax, is considered to be in line with previous financial year’s income level. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 02 0000 0000.

Check out the low doc loan page for more information.

Low doc loan accountants letter (Example 2)

I understand that the Borrower has applied for a loan of $100,000, through ABC Bank, repayable by monthly instalments of $416.66 over 30 years at an interest rate of 5.00% per annum variable interest only. I know the Borrower’s income and expenditure and, based on that knowledge and my understanding of the Borrower’s financial position, I am of the opinion that the Borrower is able to repay the loan in accordance with its term and can do so without substantial hardship. I am not aware of any factors which may affect the Borrower’s ability to make the repayments or which may cause substantial hardship to the Borrower to make repayments. I confirm that the Borrower is a registered tax payer with the Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’) and have lodged their most recent tax return for ATO assessment of income tax.

For more information, please refer to our low doc loan with an accountant’s letter page.

There are many more situations where the lender may require a letter from your accountant.

We always try to discuss your situation with the lender’s credit manager to try to avoid wasting your accountant’s time by requesting a letter.

Some lenders, for example Rams Home Loans, La Trobe Financial, Pepper Home Loans or MKM Capital, have their own low doc loan accountant letter template for you to use.

If you’re having trouble drafting a suitable accountant letter, please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online for assistance.

Adding a disclaimer

Some accountants are unwilling to write a letter confirming the particulars of your situation.

Normally, this is because they’re concerned about potential legal action.

Although no accountant will sign a letter confirming something that isn’t true, it’s unreasonable for an accountant to refuse to sign a letter that is true.

Banks will normally accept a disclaimer being added to the bottom of the letter.

The wording of the disclaimer can be however the accountant sees fit. For example:

This information has been confirmed via independent enquiries with the above mentioned client. Whilst we believe the information to be true to the best of our knowledge, we accept no liability regarding the accuracy of this information or any loss incurred by any person or company who relies upon the information in this letter.

Why does a bank need a letter from your accountant?

When assessing a loan application, the lender needs to be certain that they are assessing your income and other aspects of your loan application in the correct way.

A letter from accountant confirming income will help clarify these issues and can often allow lenders to bend their guidelines to accept home loans that they would otherwise decline.

Do you need help with your home loan?

If you need the services of a mortgage broker to help get your loan approved then why not talk to us at the Home Loan Experts?

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online to speak to one of our experienced brokers.

  • Jonathan Red

    Hi, I’ve prepared an accountant’s letter and am planning on applying for a home loan myself. I don’t think I need extra help because my situation is fairly simple. I’m just curious as to why it’s usually recommended to use a mortgage broker anyway.

  • Hey Jonathan,

    Thanks for your comment. Mortgage brokers can help present your lan application based on its strengths and help you apply with the right lender for your personal situation and loan needs. This way, you’re more likely to get a better deal with a lender that can consider your specific situation. There are also various pitfalls, ones that you can prepare for as well as unforeseen ones, which we can help you tackle so you can have a smooth and easy experience. You can learn more about why you need an expert here:

    You can also simply call us on 1300 889 743 and speak with one of our brokers to find out in what ways we can help you.

  • Ywam CA

    I’ve been running a partnership business successfully for the last couple of years. I want to take out a home loan and have started talking with CBA as well. I was told that I need an accountant’s letter but my accountant is a bit hesitant to provide me a signed letter. I understand this may be due to the reason that he’s a bit new to the company; he’s joined us only a couple of months ago. I believe there’s least liability in the part of the accountant, can someone explain me regarding this so that I can convince my accountant? Thanks.

  • Hey Ywam, most accountants usually require you to have some sort of disclaimer in the letter to protect them from legal action. It can also be possible that because the accountant is fairly new, he’s overloaded with a lot of info and it may be taking him a while to get everything corroborated and in order so he’s a bit hesitant at the moment. Make sure you provide all the necessary details without omitting anything and, hopefully, he should be okay soon. Hope that helps.

  • Eva B

    My accountant isn’t comfortable signing the letter so any tips for this?

  • Hi Eva B,

    If you’re earning a good income then there are some options to consider that may make your accountant more comfortable with confirming your declared income:
    – Choose a different lender, one that has a better letter format which accountants are more comfortable with.
    – Declare a lower income.
    – Include a disclaimer.
    – Provide your BAS then you won’t need an accountant’s letter.

    Or you can look for alternative income verification methods:

  • Ian

    How can I prove my rental income?

  • You can prove your rental income in the following ways:
    – A letter from an agent confirming market rent (ideal if the property is not yet tenanted / also very simple for the bank).
    – A bank valuation (if a full valuation is completed).
    – A rental statement issued by the managing agent.
    – A copy of the lease agreement (may also need letters informing tenants of rent increases if lease has gone up).
    – Bank account statements showing the rent paid in (not reliable as managing agents take fees and bills out first and often the payments are not clearly labelled).

  • Lao

    Can you tell me if lenders can accept handwritten or MYOB payslips?

  • Handwritten payslips will not be acceptable to the lenders on their own and must be computer generated using an accounting system. So payslips produced in as a word document or in a spreadsheet are not acceptable either. MYOB or payslips produced from small business accounting software can be accepted but are treated with caution.

  • Royman

    Hi, I’ve run a business for the last couple of years. I want to buy a property and have thought about applying for a home loan with CBA. I’m trying to get a low-doc home loan as i don’t have enough documents like Tax returns to apply for a standard loan. For this, I need an accountant’s letter, however, my accountant is hesitant to provide me the letter. I understand this may be due to the reason that he’s relatively new to the company. He’s joined us a couple of months ago. Can someone explain me regarding this so that I could move ahead. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Royman,
    There are some other options with which you won’t require an accountant’s letter for a home loan, like providing your BAS or tax returns. You can also look at our alternate income verification methods page and check whether you could provide those alternate documents instead.
    If not, then you could try adding a disclaimer in the letter or choose a different lender which has a better letter format, so your accountant is comfortable with and proceed. Hope it helps :)

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