• 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.

    We've 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.

    If you haven't 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.

    Lodging through the PLS

    You can now only lodge 2017 fringe benefits tax (FBT) returns through the PLS.

    You will lodge other tax return forms through the PLS only from:

    • 1 October 2017 for partnership tax returns
    • 11 November 2017 for
      • self-managed superannuation fund annual returns
      • trust tax returns
      • fund income tax returns.
    • 1 February 2018 for company tax returns
    • 1 April 2018 for individual tax returns.

    All other forms, services and reports will be progressively removed from the ELS based on our discussions with software providers. These include activity statements, client lists and client updates. We'll let you know when we plan to remove any other services.

    Support for the PLS

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    Last modified: 24 May 2017QC 43905