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Understand and manage your obligations

Tips and resources to help individuals, businesses and not-for-profits manage their tax and super obligations.

Last updated 8 March 2021

It can be hard for individuals, businesses and not-for-profits to keep on top of lodgment and payment due dates.

Here's a few tips and resources to help you stay on track with your due dates throughout the year.

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Know your tax and super position

Tax and super obligations vary depending on whether you’re an individual or running a business.

Your 'tax and super position' refers to the current status of your obligations, for instance:

  • whether your lodgments are up to date, or behind
  • whether you are due a refund or owe money
  • if you do owe money, whether your payments are up to date or overdue.

Knowing your position means you'll have a greater understanding of what you need to do, when to ask for help, and the support options available to you.

One way to know your current position is to use our Online services.

Online services

ATO Online services allows you to access a range of tax and super services in one place. This includes reminders of due dates, online lodgment of your activity statements and tax returns, keeping track of super and updating your details. Our online services are convenient, secure and accessible at any time.

If you're a business, you'll need a myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) to access a range of our online services.

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Have good record keeping practices

A good record keeping system will help you manage your tax and super obligations. This will make it easier to report and lodge on time with us.

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Download the ATO app

The ATO app allows you to manage your tax and super on the go. You can use the app to download key due dates into your phone's calendar to help you remember all your due dates.

If you're an individual or sole trader, you can use myDeductions in the app to keep your expense and income records in one place.

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Use SBR-enabled software

Standard Business Reporting (SBR) is a standard approach to online or digital record-keeping to simplify business reporting obligations.

You can prepare and lodge reports to us directly from your SBR-enabled business software, using information you record as part of the day-to-day operations of your business.

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