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  • 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.

    Lodging through the PLS

    The PLS is now the only electronic lodgment channel you can lodge your clients' 2017 and onwards tax and annual returns.

    The following forms, reports and services will be only available through the PLS from the dates listed below:

    • 30 June 2018
      • family trust election
      • interposed entity election or revocation
    • 30 September 2018
      • consolidated corporate group
        • notification of formation
        • members joining or leaving the group
      • trustee details – closely held trust reporting.

    You may already be using the PLS to lodge these forms, reports or services in your software.

    All other forms, services and reports will be progressively removed from the ELS by the end of 2018 based on our discussions with digital service providers. We'll let you know when we plan to remove any other services.

    Watch our video about transitioning to the PLS:

    Media: Transitioning to the Practitioner lodgment service (PLS)
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bd1bdiunnu61f5External Link (Duration: 1:59)

    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 are working in partnership with digital service providers to ensure they can deliver the PLS in your software. We have agreed milestones to gradually make forms available to you in the PLS.

    Your digital service provider will let you know what you need to do to make the transition to PLS.

    Support for the PLS

    Access the following resources for further support for the PLS:

    See also:

    Last modified: 04 Jun 2018QC 43905