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  • Practitioner lodgment service

    The practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is our main electronic lodgment channel for tax practitioners and is gradually replacing the electronic lodgment service (ELS).

    Not only will the PLS lay the foundation for future enhanced services in your software, it will also improve how you currently prepare and lodge returns, activity statements and schedules with us.

    Lodging through the PLS

     A timeline depicting the dates that forms will only be available to be lodged through the PLS. Dates are detailed in full below.

    The PLS is now the only electronic lodgment channel you can lodge your clients' 2017:

    • fringe benefits tax returns
    • partnership returns
    • self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual returns
    • fund income tax returns
    • trust tax returns
    • company tax returns.

    The Individual tax return 2017 will need to be lodged using the PLS from 1 April 2018.

    All other forms, services and reports will be progressively removed from the ELS based on our discussions with digital service providers. These include activity statements, client lists and client updates. We'll let you know when we plan to remove any other services.

    Watch our video about transitioning to the PLS:

    Media: Transitioning to the Practitioner lodgment service (PLS) Link (Duration: 1:59)

    The transition to the PLS is about making your software Standard Business ReportingExternal Link (SBR) enabled. SBR is built into business and accounting software, and incorporates standard terms used in government legislation and reporting.

    We are working in partnership with digital service providers to ensure they can deliver the PLS in your software. We have agreed milestones to gradually make forms available to you in the PLS. By 1 April 2018 you will need to switch to the PLS to lodge all 2017 and future year tax returns.

    If you haven't already started using the PLS, your digital service provider will let you know when to expect this software and what you need to do to make the transition.

    Support for the PLS

    Access the following resources for further support for the PLS:

    See also:

    Last modified: 23 Feb 2018QC 43905