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  • Businesses

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

    If you use a registered tax or BAS agent for your taxation and superannuation matters, you can still access our online services.

    Registering for online services

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


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

    Each person in your business will need their own unique AUSkey to log in and use the portal.

    By default, Administrators (Administrator AUSkey holders or connected myGov users with Administrator access) have unrestricted access to ATO online services such as the portals.

    Standard users (Standard AUSkey holders or connected myGov users with Standard access) need permissions to be set for them to access the services within the portal. The Administrator in your business can set the permissions for your staff in Access Manager.

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    Manage ABN Connections

    Manage ABN Connections allows you to access government online business servicesExternal Link (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.

    You can use Manage ABN Connections if you already have a myGov account linked to the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare.

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

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    myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager –public beta

    myGovID is a secure proof of identity app which allows you to log in to, or apply for, a variety of government online services like the Business Portal.

    Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) helps you manage who can act for you or your business when accessing government online services.

    Together, myGovID and RAM will replace AUSkey and Manage ABN Connections in March 2020. To prepare for the change, ensure your ABN details are up-to-date in the Australian Business RegisterExternal Link.

    Find out if you are eligible to take part in the public beta and try the new way to access the Business Portal. Only a limited number of government online services are available to access but this will increase over time.

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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, lodge and revise activity statements
    • manage your accounts and update your business registration details
    • view your reports for Single Touch Payroll
    • register for goods and services tax (GST) and pay as you go (PAYG) withholding
    • test and lodge files and reports
    • lodge online forms
    • request a ruling or lodge an objection
    • send and receive mail through a secure mailbox
    • access the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

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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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    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 (SBSCH). It's a free online super payments service that lets you pay your super contributions in one transaction.

    The SBSCH is accessed through a link in the Business Portal. Standard users (Standard AUSkey holders or connected myGov users with standard access) require authorisation to be set through Access Manager before they can access the SBSCH.

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    Last modified: 11 Jun 2019QC 40955