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  • Businesses

    You can manage your business reporting and transactions at a time that is convenient for you. Our online services are quick, easy, tailored, and secure.

    If you choose to use a registered tax or BAS agent they can manage your reporting and transaction obligations on your behalf through their preferred electronic channel. If you do this, you can still access our online services.

    Registering for online services

    In most cases, you'll need an Australian business number (ABN) and an authenticated login service (such as AUSkey or Manage ABN Connections) to use our online services. 

    An ABN is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business or organisation to the government and community. It's free to apply for an ABN through the Australian Business Register (ABR). If you are running a business you will need an ABN.

    An AUSkey is a secure login that identifies you when you use participating government online services on behalf of a business. You can use an AUSkey to access our Business Portal.

    Each person in your business will need their own unique AUSkey to log in and use the portal. To manage access and permissions for our online services you will need to use Access Manager.

    Manage ABN Connections allows you to access government online business services (such as the Business Portal or Access Manager) using your myGov login. It's a secure login alternative to AUSkey that can be used from any smart device.

    Note: The Tax Agent Portal and BAS Agent Portal are not currently able to be accessed using Manage ABN Connections.

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    Choose the online service that is best for you

    How you engage with us online will depend on your business needs, the services you are required to access, and the software you use to manage your business.

    You can do most of your business reporting and transactions with us online using:

    There are more online services you can access as a sole trader through myGov.

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    Business Portal

    The Business Portal is the main tool for businesses to engage with us online. You can use the Business Portal to:

    • prepare and lodge activity statements
    • manage your accounts and update your business registration details
    • send and receive mail through a secure mailbox.

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    Standard Business Reporting

    You can prepare and lodge reports to us directly from your SBR-enabled business accounting software. If you are:

    • using SBR-enabled online (cloud) software, you don't need an AUSkey
    • not using SBR-enabled online (cloud) software, you must have an AUSkey or use Manage ABN Connections.

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    Electronic Commerce Interface

    Most lodgments and reporting – including bulk data – can be done through the Business Portal or SBR-enabled business accounting software.

    For bulk files that are not currently supported through the Business Portal or SBR, you can use the electronic commerce interface (ECI)External Link to lodge.

    Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

    If you are a business with 19 or fewer employees, or with an annual aggregated turnover of less than $10 million, you can register for the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House. It's a free online super payments service that lets you pay your super contributions in one transaction.

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    Last modified: 14 Dec 2017QC 40955