• Practitioner lodgment service

    The practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is our main electronic lodgment channel for tax practitioners and is gradually replacing the electronic lodgment service (ELS).

    Not only will the PLS lay the foundation for future enhanced services in your software, it will also improve how you currently prepare and lodge returns, activity statements and schedules with us.

    Watch our video about the benefits of the PLS



    The transition to the PLS is about making your software Standard Business ReportingExternal Link (SBR) enabled. SBR is built into business and accounting software, and incorporates standard terms used in government legislation and reporting.

    If you have not already started using the PLS, your software provider will let you know when to expect this software and what you need to do to make the transition.

    Closure of the ELS

    We have been working in partnership with software providers to ensure access to the ELS is available to be incorporated into your software as a safety net, as you transition to the PLS. Software providers will determine whether, or how, they plan to provide access to the safety net in their software.

    Closure of the ELS gateway will start from 31 March 2017 on a form-by-form basis. From this date, 2017 and future FBT returns can only be lodged through the PLS. The ELS gateway will be closed to all tax return lodgments by 31 March 2018.

    All other forms, services and reports will remain available in the ELS, and will be progressively removed from 30 September 2017 based on discussions with software providers. This includes activity statements, client lists and client updates. We will let you know when we plan to remove any of these other services.

    Support for the PLS

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    Last modified: 06 Apr 2017QC 43905