• Newly registered BAS agents

    This page contains key information you need to be aware of as a newly registered BAS agent.

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    Providing BAS services

    You need to be registered as a BAS agent with the Tax Practitioners Board if you provide BAS services for a fee or reward. Paid employees providing BAS services to or on behalf of their employers do not need to be registered.

    BAS services include:

    • advising clients about their obligations under a BAS provision (including GST, fuel tax, luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax (WET) fringe benefits tax (FBT), pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and PAYG instalments)
    • preparing and lodging approved forms about a client's liabilities, obligations or entitlements under a BAS provision
    • dealing with us on behalf of a client in relation to their obligations under a BAS provision.

    BAS agents may offer additional services as indicated by the Tax Practitioners Board, including:

    • calculating and lodging payment summaries, employee termination payments, gross wages, allowances and other taxable and non-taxable payroll items
    • calculating, paying and verifying and/or reporting super guarantee (SG) contributions
    • determining and reporting an SG shortfall amount and any associated administrative fees
    • dealing with super payments made through a clearing house
    • completing and lodging a taxable payments annual report to the ATO on behalf of a client
    • sending a tax file number declaration to the Commissioner on behalf of a client
    • applying to the Registrar for an Australian business number on behalf of a client.

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    Working with us online

    We have a range of services and products to help you in the day-to-day running of your practice. These include the practitioner lodgment service (PLS), the BAS Agent Portal, and electronic commerce interface (ECI).

    These allow you to:

    • communicate with us electronically
    • access client account registration information
    • lodge clients’ activity statements and other forms electronically.

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    The BAS agent lodgment program

    To help you manage workloads, you have access to the lodgment program. This extends your clients' lodgment due dates when lodging electronically.

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    Keeping your details up to date

    It’s important that we have the correct contact details for your practice. You should notify the Tax Practitioners Board of any changes to your contact details.

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    Last modified: 26 Oct 2016QC 23037