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  • Other payment options

    BPAY or a credit or debit card are the fastest, easiest ways to pay the ATO.

    See How to pay

    You must use the correct unique payment reference number (PRN) for each payment. This guarantees your money quickly goes to the right account. Do not include anything else in this field.

    Other payment options include:

    Electronic transfer

    Transfer your payment using the following details:

    Bank:

    Reserve Bank of Australia

    BSB:

    093 003

    Account number:

    316385

    Account name:

    ATO direct credit account

    Reference:

    Your payment reference number (PRN)

    Check your financial institution's processing times to make sure your payment reaches us on time.

    Your financial institution may offer real-time payment services using Osko or PayID.

    We are working towards improving available payment options but for now:

    • the ATO doesn't have PayID – use the above ATO bank account details
    • payments you make to the ATO may take up to four business days to appear on your ATO account when a valid PRN has been provided.

    Direct debit

    To have your payment automatically deducted from your Australian cheque or savings account, credit or debit card you can:

    Only the card holder can set up a direct debit using a credit or debit card.

    Direct debit from a financial institution account

    For direct debit from a financial institution account:

    • your registered tax or BAS agent can set up the direct debit for you using Online services for agents or by phoning us.
    • a direct debit request form may be completed and returned to us. Allow at least seven working days for your direct debit to be activated to ensure your payment reaches us by the due date. This form cannot be used to request a direct debit from a credit or debit card.

    In person at Australia Post

    You can pay at the post office by cash, EFTPOS (subject to your daily limits) or cheque. You must provide an ATO barcode with your payment.

    Make sure cheques and money orders are:

    • in Australian dollars
    • payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'
    • marked 'Not Negotiable'
    • not post-dated.

    You cannot pay at an ATO site or shopfront.

    Foreign investment application fees cannot be paid at Australia Post.

    See also:

    Mail

    If you choose to pay through the mail:

    • you must include a payment slip, which can be found on selected ATO notices
    • your bank or the post office may charge you a fee to use a cheque or money order
    • you need to allow time for mail delivery, as well as the time to process a cheque or money order.

    You can mail your payment slip and a cheque or money order to:

    Australian Taxation Office
    Locked Bag 1936
    ALBURY  NSW  1936

    Make sure cheques and money orders are:

    • in Australian dollars
    • payable to 'Deputy Commissioner of Taxation'
    • marked 'Not Negotiable'
    • not post-dated.

    If you don’t have a payment slip you must include the following details with your payment to avoid unnecessary delays to payments being credited to your account:

    • full name
    • address and phone number
    • account identifier – for example, tax file number (TFN) or Australian business number (ABN)
    • payment type – for example, activity statement payment or income tax payment.

    Don't send cash through the mail. Make sure you allow sufficient time for your payment to reach us.

    See also:

    Foreign investment application fees cannot be paid by cheque or mail order.

    International payments

    Transfer from an overseas bank account

    Contact your overseas financial institution for advice on how to make your payment through SWIFT. The payment must be sent in Australian dollars.

    Bank:

    Reserve Bank of Australia
    65 Martin Place
    SYDNEY  NSW  2000
    Australia

    Bank identifier:

    RSBKAU2S

    BSB:

    093 003

    Account number:

    316385

    Account name:

    ATO direct credit account

    Field 70:

    (Usually called ‘details of payment’)

    Your payment reference number (PRN)

    To ensure your payment goes into the right account you must provide an accurate PRN. Do not include anything else in this field.

    Bank handling and exchange fees are generally automatically deducted from your payment, at both the overseas bank and their companion bank in Australia, before being forwarded to us. Allow for these fees when arranging your payment.

    International money remitters

    If you choose to use an international money remitter (a company that can help you to transfer money internationally):

    • you must send the payment in Australian dollars
    • ensure you provide an accurate PRN so the payment goes to the right account – do not include anything else in this field.

    Foreign exchange conversion fees may vary between international money remitters. These will be included in the converted foreign currency amount to be paid.

    If the payment cannot be completed for any reason, the amount will be returned to you. If an overpayment is made to the money remitter, the excess amount will be returned to you.

    Ensure you allow up to four business days for payments to reach us and appear on your account. If your payment is late, you are responsible for any fees or penalty interest that may be applied.

    You can choose to use any international money remitter. However, we have an agreement with:

    This provider has agreed to ensure:

    • the PRN you enter is validated
    • the A$ value you have instructed will be sent to us without deduction of cross-border or related fees.

    This means when using this provider your payment can be identified easily and we receive the full A$ value.

    Last modified: 03 May 2021QC 50296