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    Payment reference number (PRN)

    Your payment reference number (PRN) is your unique reference that ensures your payment is credited to the correct account. A PRN can also be called an EFT code.

    You will have different payment reference numbers for different types of tax, for example income tax and activity statements. Make sure you use the right payment reference number for the type of tax you're paying.

    Using an incorrect payment reference number could result in delays to payments being credited to your account and unnecessary debt collection activity.

    You can go online to get your payment reference number:

    Individuals and sole traders – log in to your myGov account linked to the ATOExternal Link and select 'Tax' > 'Accounts' > 'Summary'

    Individuals – payment reference number

    Businesses – log in to the Business PortalExternal Link and select ‘Payment options’ from the left menu:

    Businesses – payment reference number

    Registered agents – log in to the Tax Agent PortalExternal Link or BAS Agent PortalExternal Link and select 'Payment options' from the left menu.

    Alternatively, you can:

    • obtain PRN's from ATO notices or payment slips
    • ask your tax agent
    • phone 1800 815 886, 8.00am–6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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    Payment processing times

    Payments made electronically or at Australia Post may take up to 4 business days, from the date you make the payment, to appear on your ATO account.

    If you mail a cheque or money order to us, you will need to take into account postal service delivery timesExternal Link. Once we receive your payment, it may take a further 4 business days to be allocated to your ATO account.

    Payment slips

    You'll need a payment slip to pay at the post office. Make sure you have the correct payment slip for the account you want to pay. Payment slips are generally available on notices of assessment or statements of account.

    Business taxpayers can print a payment slip using the Business PortalExternal Link – select 'Payment options' from the left menu.

    If you need to order a payment slip:

    • phone 13 72 26 to order an activity statement payment slip – you'll need your ABN to use this automated service
    • phone 13 28 65 to order an income tax payment slip – you'll need your tax file number (TFN) to use this automated service.

    Registered agents can use the Tax Agent PortalExternal Link or BAS Agent PortalExternal Link to print personalised payment slips for their clients – select 'Payment options' from the left menu.

    Card terms and conditions

    Card payment fee

    A card payment fee will apply to card payments. The fee is:

    • a percentage of the amount being paid, based on the type of card used
    • equal to the fee we incur from our bank
    • reviewed from time to time and may change
    • not subject to GST.
    Card payment fees

    Card type


    American Express


    MasterCard – International


    MasterCard – Domestic Debit


    MasterCard – Domestic Credit


    Visa – International


    Visa – Domestic Debit


    Visa – Domestic Credit


    When you make your payment you'll be advised of the total amount including the fee before you finalise your payment.

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    Card payment receipts

    When you pay using any of our card payment services we'll give you a receipt number. The payment details will be displayed on your card statement as 'ATO payment' and 'Card payment fee – ATO'.

    Last modified: 02 Dec 2019QC 50297