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Explains how practice mail allows you to communicate with us by a secure email channel.

Last updated 18 February 2024

Viewing practice mail

Practice mail allows you to communicate with us by a secure email channel, as well as view messages you have sent.

Within your practice, you may have access to more than one mailbox; your own, the practice's or another person in the practice.

What you can view depends on your Access Manager permissions. For:

  • your own mailbox – you'll have full email functionality to create, send, delete, reply, allocate and set up notifications (you'll need your own myGovID to create your own mailbox)
  • the practice mailbox – you can view, delete, allocate or set up notifications (you can't create, send or reply to an email)
  • other mailboxes in your practice – you can view and allocate emails but cannot action or delete emails.

Before AUSkey was decommissioned, you could have multiple mailboxes as you could have one mailbox for each AUSkey you had. While an AUSkey can no longer be used, the mailboxes still exist for reference purposes. To respond to mail in these mailboxes, a user with admin access must first move them to your new myGovID mailbox. Each user can only have one myGovID and consequently only have one mailbox.

To view mail:

  • select Communication then Practice mail
  • select the relevant mailbox – the mailboxes you can view depends on your Access Manager permissions
  • select Inbox or Sent – you can sort by Client, Subject and Received date.

To allocate mail for the practice mailbox you'll need to be a principal authority or authorisation administrator in Relationship Authorisation ManagerExternal Link (RAM).

You can then:

  • select mail items to Allocate to the relevant person in your practice
  • set up notifications – if you have the relevant Access Manager permissions, you can set up email notifications for your own mailbox and the practice mailbox to alert you when you receive Practice mail messages from us by
    • selecting Notifications at the bottom of the screen
    • entering an email address
    • selecting Save.
     

You can also view our View, allocate and send practice mail video.

Send a new message

When sending a mail messages ensure you:

  • have a separate message for each subject
  • include clear client identifiers such as their full name, TFN or ABN, receipt ID or case ID
  • attach all supporting documentation, up to a maximum of 6 attachments.

To send a new message:

  • from the agent home page select Communication then Practice mail, or from Client summary select Profile then New messages
  • select New
  • select the topic and subject of your message. Certain messages require an attachment. See Forms required to be attached for a list of the topics and subjects in which require a form to be attached.
  • complete the required fields and attach the relevant form if required
  • select the Declaration then select Send
  • select Print friendly version to print or save a copy.

You'll receive an ATO receipt ID when the message has successfully been sent. You'll need to quote this number to us when enquiring about the request.

Forms required to be attached

Forms required according to topic and subject

Topic

Subject

Form to attach

Debt and lodgment

Payment arrangement request

Payment plan request for registered agents form

Debt and lodgment
Request for payment deferral
Payment-only deferral requests for registered agents

Income tax

Request for copies of tax documents

Copies of tax documents request

Income tax

Income tax return amendment – partnership

Request for amendment of income tax return

Income tax

Income tax return amendment – trusts

Request for amendment of income tax return

Income tax

Income tax return amendment – companies

Request for amendment of income tax return

Income tax

Income tax return amendment – super funds

Request for amendment of income tax return

General questions, problems and help

Review of decision for deferrals from tax agents or BAS agents

Review of deferral decision application

General questions, problems and help

Submit Tax Practitioner Assistance request form

Tax Practitioner Assistance form

Topic and subject

The mail topics and subjects available to you depend on if you're a tax or BAS agent:

Tax agents

Tax agent mail topic and subject list

Topic

Subject

Activity statements

  • Cancellation of FTL penalty (safe harbour)
  • Debit or nil balance enquiry
  • How do I complete my activity statement?
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Refund for activity statement
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge (GIC)
  • Remission of non-electronic notification or non-electronic payment penalty
  • Status of BAS refund (where greater than 14 days since BAS was lodged)
  • Substantiation for activity statement refund
 

Debt and lodgment

  • Bulk client removal
  • Cancellation of FTL penalty (safe harbour)
  • Closely held deferral request
  • Debit or nil balance query
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Payment arrangement with supporting documents
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of late lodgment penalty – tax agent requests
  • Remission of shortfall interest charge
  • Request for payment deferral
  • Taxable payments annual report
 

Excise

  • Alcohol enquiry
  • Audit
  • Collections returns
  • Duty-free store enquiry
  • Fuel tax credit enquiry (not to be used for registration requests)
  • Other fuel scheme enquiry
  • Petroleum enquiry
  • Product stewardship for oil – category 1 test
  • Technical advice request
  • Tobacco enquiry
  • Wine equalisation tax enquiry (not to be used for registration requests)
 

Exploration incentives

  • EDI advice
  • EDI lodgment
  • JMEI advice
  • JMEI lodgment
 

Fringe benefits tax (FBT)

  • Agent request for electronic FBT client list
  • Cancel FBT
  • Cancellation of FTL penalty (safe harbour)
  • Change details for FBT
  • Debit or nil balance enquiry
  • FBT amendment request
  • FBT non-lodgment advice and FBT returns
  • General FBT questions
  • Other
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Register for FBT
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of late lodgment penalty – tax agent requests
 

General questions, problems and help

  • Managed lodgment program
  • Notify ATO of appointment of new public officer
  • Review of decision for deferrals from tax agents
  • Review of decisions for the remission of late lodgment penalty – tax agent requests
  • Single touch payroll bulk requests
  • Single touch payroll deferrals
  • Submit client agent linking exception request
  • Submit Tax Practitioner Assistance request form
  • Supported lodgment program
  • Whole of practice transfer
 

GST

  • ACNC – elect to exclude grants
  • Assistance to register or update GST details electronically
  • Branching registration enquiry
  • Charities, religious institutions, non-profit entities
  • Consolidation registration enquiry
  • Deferral of GST on importations (DGST)
  • Education courses
  • Export, import or online trading of goods and services
  • Financial supplies or Insurance
  • Food, entertainment and (SAM) simplified accounting method
  • Government grant or funding, taxes, fees, charges
  • Grouping registration enquiry
  • GST accounting method or cycle change
  • GST at settlement
  • GST joint venture notification
  • Health and medical product or service
  • How do I complete my activity statement?
  • Land or property transaction (including retirement villages)
  • Motor vehicles or luxury car tax
  • Other sales, purchases and tax invoice enquiry
  • Registrations update
  • Time limits on refunds or activity statement amendment
 

Income tax

  • AMIT member choice
  • AMIT trustee request for remission of income tax
  • Cancellation of FTL on time penalty (safe harbour)
  • Certificate of residency
  • Request for copies of tax documents
  • Debit or nil balance query
  • Div 7A relief
  • ESIC Report NAT 75119 unable to submit online
  • Financial hardship refunds
  • Income tax return amendment – companies
  • Income tax return amendment – partnerships
  • Income tax return amendment – superannuation funds
  • Income tax return amendment – trusts
  • Lodge loss carry back claim form
  • New or re-engaged client deferral
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Prefilled tax return data incorrect
  • Prior year IT amendment for earnout purposes
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of late lodgment penalty – tax agent requests
  • Remission of shortfall interest charge
  • RTP schedule lodgment
  • Stapled group – choice form
  • Submit 14ZYA notice
  • Substituted accounting period (SAP)
 

Individuals audit

  • Capital gains tax
  • Dependent tax offset or Medicare levy exemptions
  • Dividends
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employment income and allowances
  • Foreign sourced income
  • Higher Education Loan Program or income tests
  • Interest or welfare
  • Lump sum and eligible termination payments
  • Medicare surcharge or private health rebate
  • Other
  • Partnerships and trust distributions
  • Rentals
  • Taxable payment annual report 
  • Work related expenses
 

Lodge report

  • Annual investment income report extension of time
  • Annual investment income report lodgment – PC spreadsheet
  • Common Reporting Standard (CRS) extension of time
  • Employee share scheme annual report extension of time
  • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) extension of time
  • Non-resident interest, dividend and royalty annual report lodgment – PC spreadsheet
  • Quarterly tax file number report extension of time
  • Quarterly tax file number report lodgment – PC spreadsheet
 

Pay as you go (PAYG)

  • Instalments – change instalment rate
  • Instalments – change PAYG instalment cycle
  • Instalments – explanation of instalment rate
  • Instalments – other instalment queries
  • Withholding – ATO cycle change letter received – request to remain on current cycle
  • Withholding – cycle change request – withholding amount less than $1 million
  • Withholding – cycle change request – withholding amount more than $1 million
 

Petroleum resource rent tax

  • General enquiries
  • PRRT return or instalment lodgment
 

Refunds or remission

  • ATO pay interest on an early payment – request
  • Client overpayment or double payment
  • Excess imputation credit refunds
  • Financial hardship refunds
  • Interest paid on an overpayment of an income tax return
  • NRWT – Custodials
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Refund tax withheld
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of late lodgment penalty – tax agent requests
  • Remission of non-electronic notification or non-electronic payment penalty
  • Returned refunds
 

Registrations

  • Bank account details update request
  • Branching registration enquiry
  • Consolidation registration enquiry
  • Grouping registration enquiry
  • GST joint venture notification
  • If the online process for cancellation of an ABN or tax obligation hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for registering an ABN or tax obligation hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for updating contact details hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for updating name and address details hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for updating other registration details hasn't met your requirements
  • Non-resident 4157 registration
  • Non-residents registration enquiry
  • Notify ATO of appointment of a new public officer
 

Reported transactions

  • Business transactions through Payment systems
  • Government grants
  • Taxable payments
 

Statement request or account details

  • Debit or nil balance enquiry
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
 

Study and training support loans

  • Income contingent loans (ICL Accounts)
 

Superannuation

  • Agent request for additional time to lodge
  • Approved SMSF Auditor number enquiries
  • Are there superannuation monies for a client on the lost members register?
  • Direct claim payout from the superannuation holding account special account (SHA)
  • Is a particular fund registered as a complying super fund?
  • Lodge SGC statement
  • Lodge Super Guarantee Opt Out Form
  • Lodgment – Transfer balance account report
  • Manual payment request
  • NCC balance
  • Other
  • Payment and transfer of superannuation holdings reserve
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Refund request
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • SG Statement of account or account query
  • SMSF cancellation of registration where the fund hasn't legally established
  • SMSF Early engagement and voluntary disclosure
  • SMSF new registrant – return not necessary request
  • SMSF product ruling
  • SMSF specific advice
 

Trustee services

  • Day 1 notification
 

BAS agents

BAS agent mail topic and subject list

Topic

Subject

Activity statements

  • Cancellation of FTL penalty (safe harbour)
  • Debit or nil balance enquiry
  • Fuel tax credit enquiry (not to be used for registration requests)
  • How do I complete my activity statement?
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Refund for activity statement
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of non-electronic notification or non-electronic payment penalty
  • Status of BAS refund (where greater than 14 days since BAS was lodged)
  • Substantiation for activity statement refund
  • Wine equalisation tax enquiry (not to be used for registration requests)
 

Debt and lodgment

  • Bulk client removal
  • Debit or nil balance query
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Payment arrangement with supporting documents
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Request for payment deferral
  • Taxable payments annual report
 

General questions, problems and help

  • Managed lodgment program
  • Review of decision for deferrals from BAS agents
  • Single touch payroll bulk requests
  • Single touch payroll deferrals
  • Submit client agent linking exception request
  • Submit Tax Practitioner Assistance request form
  • Supported lodgment program
  • Whole of practice transfer
 

GST

  • Assistance to register or update GST details electronically
  • Charities, religious institutions, non-profit entities
  • Deferral of GST on importations (DGST)
  • Education courses
  • Export, import or online trading of goods and services
  • Financial supplies or Insurance
  • Food, entertainment and SAM (simplified accounting method)
  • Government grant or funding, taxes, fees, charges
  • GST accounting method or cycle change
  • GST at settlement
  • Health and medical product or service
  • How do I complete my activity statement?
  • Land or property transaction (including retirement villages)
  • Motor vehicles or luxury car tax
  • Other sales, purchases and tax invoice enquiry
  • Registrations update
  • Time limits on refunds or activity statement amendment
 

Pay as you go (PAYG)

  • Instalments – change instalment rate
  • Instalments – change PAYG instalment cycle
  • Instalments – explanation of instalment rate
  • Instalments – other instalment queries
  • Withholding – ATO cycle change letter received – request to remain on current cycle
  • Withholding – cycle change request – withholding amount less than $1 million
  • Withholding – cycle change request – withholding amount more than $1 million
 

Refunds or remission

  • ATO pay interest on an early payment – request
  • Client overpayment or double payment
  • Financial hardship refunds
  • NRWT – Custodials
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Refund tax withheld
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
  • Remission of non-electronic notification or non-electronic payment penalty
  • Returned refunds
 

Registrations

  • Bank account details update request
  • If the online process for updating contact details hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for updating name and address details hasn't met your requirements
  • If the online process for updating other registration details hasn't met your requirements
 

Statement request / account details

  • Debit or nil balance enquiry
  • Payment arrangement request
  • Penalty or interest calculation
  • Remission of failure to lodge on time penalty
  • Remission of general interest charge
 

Superannuation

  • Lodge SG statement
  • Other
  • SG Statement of account or account query
 

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