Payments to ATO
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Make a payment directly from your cheque or savings account to us using your financial institution's telephone or internet banking service
Make a credit card payment online or over the telephone. A card payment fee applies to all credit card transactions.
If you can't make a payment using BPAY® or credit card other payment options are available:
Transfer your payment to us online from your cheque or savings account.
Have your payment automatically deducted from your cheque or savings account.
Mail your payment slip with a cheque or money order to us.
Pay at the post office by cheque, cash (up to $3,000) or EFTPOS (subject to daily limits). Your payment slip must be presented with your payment.
Payments cannot be made in person at any Australian Taxation Office (ATO) site or shopfront.
Paying from overseas
There are options available to make a payment from overseas.
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Make a BPAY® payment directly from your cheque or savings account using your financial institution's internet or telephone banking service.
Your PRN or EFT code
Check your financial institution's processing deadlines to avoid making a late payment.
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Make a credit card payment online or over the phone using the Government EasyPay service. Government EasyPay is the ATO's credit card facility provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia using the Optus Smartpay service. A card payment fee applies to all credit card transactions.
A card payment fee applies to transactions made using this service. This fee is not subject to goods and services tax (GST) and is equal to the fee the ATO incurs from its banker.
The fee is a percentage of the tax amount being paid, based on the type of card used. The fee will be calculated at the time of making you payment and you will be asked to confirm the fee amount and transaction total before you finalise your payment.
The current card payment fee rates are:
Visa/MasterCard(effective from 1 September 2013)
American Express(effective from 1 August 2012)
You may be eligible to claim a deduction for card payment fees - for more information, refer to the credit card payment fee deductibility guidelines.
The Government EasyPay service will provide a receipt for both the tax payment and the card payment fee. The details will be displayed as ATO payment and Card payment fee - ATO on the cardholder's statement.
Transactions made on a weekend, national public holiday or after 6:00 pm Sydney time will be processed on the next business day.
If you are unable to pay by BPAY® or credit card you can transfer your payment to us online from your cheque or savings account.
Reserve Bank of Australia
ATO direct credit account
It is important you provide an accurate PRN or EFT code in the reference field of your online banking package.
You can have your payment automatically deducted from your cheque or savings account.
A direct debit request can be organised over the phone by calling 13 11 42.
Only clients calling in person are authorised to give verbal authority for their account. Tax agents or other authorised representatives cannot give verbal authority on behalf of their client, partner or spouse - however, they can request a Direct debit request form for the client to complete and return to us.
Allow at least seven (7) working days for your direct debit to be activated to ensure your payment reaches us on or before its due date.
If you are unable to pay by BPAY® or credit card you can mail a cheque or money order to us.
Cheques and money orders should be for amounts in Australian dollars and payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'. Cheques should be crossed 'Not Negotiable' and must not be post dated.
You must also include your payment slip or a note that states your:
Mail your payment to:
Australian Taxation OfficeLocked Bag 1793PENRITH NSW 1793
Do not send cash through the mail.
To avoid making a late payment allow sufficient time for your payment to reach us.
If you are unable to pay by BPAY® or credit card you can pay in person at Australia Post.
If you have a pre-printed ATO payment slip with a barcode underneath the amount field, you can pay in person at any Australia Post outlet.
Cheques and money orders must be for amounts in Australian dollars and payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'. Cheques should be crossed 'Not Negotiable' and must not be post dated.
A $3,000 limit applies to cash payments. EFTPOS payments are subject to daily withdrawal limits.
To avoid making a late payment from overseas you should consider international time zones.
Make a credit card payment using the Government EasyPay service. Government EasyPay is the ATO's credit card facility provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia using the Optus Smartpay service. A card payment fee applies to all credit card transactions.
Payments from overseas can only be made using the online service.
To make an online payment go to Government EasyPayExternal Link
If you have an Australian bank account, you can use your financial institution's phone or internet banking service to make your payment from your cheque or savings account.
If you are unable to pay by credit card or BPAY® you can transfer your payment to us through SWIFT. Contact your overseas financial institution for advice on how to make your payment.
Reserve Bank of Australia65 Martin PlaceSYDNEY NSW 2000Australia
*Usually called 'details of payment'
The payment must be sent in Australian dollars.
Bank handling and exchange fees are generally automatically deducted from the exchanged value of the payment, at both the overseas bank and their companion bank in Australia, before being forwarded to us. You should make allowance for these fees when arranging your payment.
It is important you provide an accurate PRN or EFT code.
If you are unable to pay by credit card or BPAY® you can mail a bank draft to us in Australian currency.
Australian Taxation OfficeLocked Bag 1936ALBURY NSW 1936Australia
Your PRN or EFT code is the reference number you must provide when making a payment using BPAY®, credit card or direct credit. It is printed directly above the barcode on your payment slip.
The PRN or EFT code will vary depending on what tax type you are paying. Using the correct PRN or EFT code ensures your payment is processed correctly.
If you do not have your PRN or EFT code you can
It is important you provide the correct PRN or EFT code when making your payment.
You can order personalised payment slips to use when making your payment. To order your slips:
The ATO does not automatically issue receipts but they will be issued on request.
Your request will need to include:
Request a receipt:
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