• Supporting your small business

    We know you want to get on with running your business. We offer a range of products and services to support you and make it easier to get your tax and super right. It's part of our commitment to improving your tax and super experience.

    Find out about:

    What's new

    • The Taking on an employee checklistExternal Link will guide you through the different requirements you need to consider when taking on an employee, such as pay rates, workplace health and safety, and workers' compensation.
    • Ask Alex, our new virtual assistant designed to answer basic tax and super questions. Just type in your question at the bottom of the page and Alex will give you the answer. If Alex can’t answer your question, she’ll direct you to the best way to get the information you need.

    Get it done

    • Use our calculators and tools to help you get it right when it comes to your tax and super obligations. For example, you can find out how much tax to withhold, whether your workers are employees or contractors, check the financial health of your business, make a payment plan, and much more.
    • Use our free ATO app to put tax and super help in your hand. Get quick access to handy tools and calculators, answers to frequently asked questions, key dates and reminders.
    • We're making it easier for you to manage your tax debt in a way that suits you and your business. Use our payment plan calculator or our payment plan estimator in the ATO app to work out affordable payments for your situation. Then you can go online, use our automated phone service or speak with a tax officer to set it up.

    Save time

    • The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online super payments service that lets you pay all your super contributions in one transaction. Simply register each employee's super fund details and the clearing house distributes the contributions to the various super funds for you.
    • If you're a sole trader, you can now use your myGov account to access our online services, making it easier to manage your activity statements and PAYG instalments. You can also view your income tax account and lodgment history and make payment arrangements. Use myTax to lodge your tax return from 1 July 2016 for a faster, more personalised experience.
    • The Business Portal is the main tool for businesses to deal with us online. You can prepare and lodge activity statements, annual reports, manage your accounts and update your business registration details.
    • If you’re a sole trader, you can use voice authentication to quickly and securely access our online services through the ATO app. Registering your voiceprint means one less password and username you need to remember. Voice authentication also speeds up the proof of identity process when you call, so you spend less time on the phone.

    News, updates and information

    • Subscribe to the Small business newsroom and get all the latest tax and super news, delivered straight into your email inbox.
    • Small business assistExternal Link is an online tool that provides easy access to information on a range of topics. Simply type in a question and it will provide tailored information from a range of websites in an easy to read format.
    • Do you have a query about GST, ABN, AUSkey, payment arrangements or BAS? The Small Business AssistExternal Link tool has live web chat available from 3.00pm to 9.00pm (AEDT) Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm (AEDT) Saturday.
    • Be ready to pay on time and check your due dates. The ATO app makes it easy to never forget a due date again with the Key dates tool. Just answer some questions about your circumstances and the tool will provide a list of dates which can be saved as reminders in your smartphone or tablet.
    • Use our free after hours call back serviceExternal Link to get the help you need, at a time that’s convenient for you. Complete our online form to book a time to talk to us from 6.00pm to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday (except public holidays).

    Free learning resources

    • Watch videosExternal Link that cover tax and super information relevant to you. Topics include whether your worker is an employee or contractor, super, record keeping, franchising, managing ABNs, GST basics and more.
    • Our small business webinars are for people who want to know about their tax and super obligations and entitlements for their business. Topics include GST, activity statements, income tax deductions, home-based business, record keeping and more.
    • Register for one of our free small business workshopsExternal Link run by experienced tax officers. These workshops are aimed at new business owners and can help you understand tax and super when it comes to setting up and running your small business.
    • Business.gov.auExternal Link offers access to government information, transactions and services, as well as essential information on planning, starting and running your business.
    • If you need help with a specific tax issue, phone our business tax enquiries line on 13 28 66 (8.00am to 6.00pm weekdays).
    Last modified: 10 Nov 2016QC 48675