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  • Information about ECI

    This page provides information about using the Electronic Interface (ECI), including information about its closure in December 2019.

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    ECI is closing

    ECI is closing in December 2019. This is due to its limited functionality and services being outdated and replaced by modern digital services.

    Other digital channels you can use are:

    • Business Portal
    • Tax or BAS Agent Portal
    • Online services for agents
    • Practitioner lodgment services (PLS)
    • SBR-enabled software.

    As ECI is closing it is not a suitable lodgment channel for new users. You are encouraged to find a different digital service that meets your needs.

    Find out more about these services at Online services.

    Revising an activity statement

    You will need to contact us by phoning 13 72 86 FKC 1 4 1 to arrange for a revised activity statement to be generated.

    The activity statement for revision will be available on ECI and will contain the information of the originally-lodged statement. For the revision, you will only need to alter the fields that require amending.

    You can also prepare, lodge and revise activity statements online using SBR-enabled business accounting software and the BAS Agent Portal.

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    Extra time to lodge quarterly statements

    There is a lodgment concession available for certain quarterly activity statements lodged electronically – terms and conditions apply.

    Where this concession applies, your client may qualify for a four-week deferral of the activity statement due date.

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    Recording electronic statements

    You can record clients in the ECI system to get their activity statements electronically.

    In ECI under the BAS agent tab:

    • select Client list
    • from the list on the left-hand side, choose Online help.
    • This will give you step-by-step instructions about how to enter your client's details on the ECI client list.

    You can also prepare, lodge and revise activity statements online using SBR-enabled business accounting software and the BAS Agent Portal.

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    Clients with monthly and quarterly obligations

    The ECI system cannot automatically treat a client's activity statements differently. Once a client is entered on the ECI client list, all activity statements will be issued electronically.

    Client declaration records

    You need to keep client declaration records that show you have authority to lodge.

    Your clients must provide you with a written and signed declaration for each activity statement you plan to lodge on their behalf. The declaration must be made before the activity statement is lodged.

    The declaration must state all of the following:

    • the information provided for the preparation of the document is true and correct
    • you (the BAS agent) are authorised to give the document to the Commissioner
    • the person providing the information is authorised to do so.

    There is no set format for the declaration but it must also include all of the following:

    • name of the client and the entity they represent
    • date
    • name of the person lodging the activity statement
    • period to which the declaration relates.

    Example of a declaration

    • I, (name of client) authorise (name of BAS agent) to give the (period – for example March 06 quarterly) activity statement to the Commissioner of Taxation for (entity name).
    • I declare that the information provided for the preparation of this activity statement is true and correct.
    • I am authorised to make this declaration.
      • Signed: (Name of client making the declaration)
      • Date:

    The client can make the declaration to a BAS agent by email or paper.

    Record keeping

    The client is required to retain these declarations for five years after the declaration is made, or two years after the declaration is made if the client is a shorter period of review (SPOR) taxpayer. The client must produce the declaration (or a copy) to the Commissioner if requested to do so within those periods.

    It is recommended that the BAS agent also keep a copy for their records. The declaration made by the client serves as protection for the BAS agent in the event of any dispute about the information provided in the activity statement.

    Last modified: 23 May 2019QC 47111