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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

    A timeline depicting the dates that forms will only be available to be lodged through the PLS Dates are detailed in full below.

    The PLS is now the only electronic lodgment channel you can lodge your clients' 2017:

    • fringe benefits tax returns
    • partnership returns
    • self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual returns
    • fund income tax returns
    • trust tax returns.

    From 1 February 2018 you will only be able to lodge the Company tax return 2017 electronically using the PLS.

    The Individual tax return 2017 will need to be lodged using the PLS from 1 April 2018.

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

    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 digital service 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. Digital service 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 digital service provider will let you know when to expect this software and what you need to do to make the transition.

    Support for the PLS

    Access the following resources for further support for the PLS:

    See also:

    Last modified: 14 Nov 2017QC 43905