ATO is ceasing to issue paper Activity Statements

ATO is ceasing to issue paper Activity Statements

As of 1 July 2014, the ATO will stop issuing paper activity statements if you have last lodged your activity statement electronically. Therefore, if you have been completing and lodging your activity statements on paper and you want to continue to do the same, then you do not need to do anything as you will continue to receive the paper version.

If however you have lodged the last BAS electronically (via your bookkeeper or tax agent using their own tax portal or system), you will not receive a paper copy of the BAS in the next quarter. You will then need to prepare yourself to lodge electronically from that point on. In summary, all future activity statements will be issued and lodged through the methods in which the BAS was previously lodged.

You can lodge your BAS electronically using the following methods:

  • Business Portal
  • Electronic commerce interface (ECI).
  • Standard Business Reporting (SBR)
  • Tax Agent Portal – tax agent only
  • Electronic lodgement service (ELS) – tax agent only

Forms that will continue to be mailed out by paper and fall outside of the electronic system are:

  • Q (Annual GST report)
  • R (Quarterly PAYG instalment notice)
  • S (Quarterly GST instalment notice)
  • T (Quarterly GST and PAYG instalment notice).

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

*Correct as of July 2014

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