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  • Other payment options

    The quickest and easiest way to pay the ATO is using BPAY or a credit/debit card, see How to pay.

    Using the correct unique payment reference number (PRN) every time guarantees that your money goes to the right account without delay.

    Other payment options include:

    Electronic transfer

    Transfer your payment to us using the following details:

    Bank:

    Reserve Bank of Australia

    BSB:

    093 003

    Account number:

    316385

    Account name:

    ATO direct credit account

    Reference:

    Your payment reference number (PRN)

    To get your payment into the right account you must enter the correct PRN in the reference field. Do not include anything else in this field.

    Check your financial institution's processing deadlines to make sure your payment reaches us on time.

    Your financial institution may offer real-time payment services using Osko or PayID.

    We are working towards improving the payment options available, but for now:

    • the ATO doesn't have a PayID – use the above ATO bank account details
    • payments you make to the ATO may take up to 4 business days to appear on your ATO account when a valid PRN has been provided.

    Direct debit

    To have your payment automatically deducted from your Australian cheque or savings account, you can:

    • use ATO online services (individuals and sole traders) anytime, or
    • phone us on 13 11 42 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

    If you use a registered tax or BAS agent, they can set up the direct debit for you, using Online services for agents or by phoning us.

    Alternatively, a direct debit request form may be completed and returned to us. If you use this method, allow at least seven working days for your direct debit to be activated – to ensure your payment reaches us by the due date.

    In person at Australia Post

    You can pay at the post office by cash, EFTPOS (subject to daily limits) or cheque. You must provide an ATO barcode with your payment.

    Make sure cheques and money orders are:

    • in Australian dollars
    • payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'
    • crossed 'Not Negotiable'
    • not post-dated.

    You cannot pay at an ATO site or shopfront.

    Foreign investment application fees cannot be paid at Australia Post.

    See also:

    Mail

    If you choose to pay through the mail:

    • you must include a payment slip, which can be found on selected ATO notices
    • your bank or the post office may charge you a fee to use a cheque or money order
    • you need to allow time for mail delivery, as well as the time to process a cheque or money order.

    You can mail your payment slip and a cheque or money order to:

    Australian Taxation Office
    Locked Bag 1936
    ALBURY NSW 1936

    Make sure cheques and money orders are:

    • in Australian dollars
    • payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'
    • crossed 'Not Negotiable'
    • not post-dated.

    If you don’t have a payment slip you must include the following details with your payment to avoid unnecessary delays to payments being credited to your account:

    • full name
    • address and phone number
    • account identifier – for example, tax file number (TFN) or Australian business number (ABN)
    • payment type – for example, activity statement payment, income tax payment.

    Don't send cash through the mail. Make sure you allow sufficient time for your payment to reach us.

    See also:

    Foreign investment application fees cannot be paid by cheque or mail order.

    Transfer from an overseas bank account

    Contact your overseas financial institution for advice on how to make your payment through SWIFT. The payment must be sent in Australian dollars.

    Bank:

    Reserve Bank of Australia
    65 Martin Place
    SYDNEY NSW 2000
    Australia

    Bank identifier:

    RSBKAU2S

    BSB:

    093 003

    Account number:

    316385

    Account name:

    ATO direct credit account

    Field 70:

    (Usually called ‘details of payment’)

    Your payment reference number (PRN)

    To get your payment into the right account you must provide an accurate PRN in the reference field. Do not include anything else in this field.

    Bank handling and exchange fees are generally automatically deducted from your payment, at both the overseas bank and their companion bank in Australia, before being forwarded to us. Allow for these fees when arranging your payment.

    Last modified: 03 Apr 2020QC 50296