Sole Traders: Paper BAS, PAYG Instalments & myGov

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In 2014, the Tax Office made changes to how we receive Activity Statements and other communication, sending us in to the electronic ether and for the most part, stopped sending paper copies of Activity Statements if they were lodged electronically by BAS/Tax Agents or the business. Changes are now taking effect for Sole Traders.

The following is from the Tax Office website here:

Are you a sole trader who normally receives a paper BAS or pay as you go (PAYG) instalment notices? Do you have a myGov account linked to the ATO?

Now you’ll receive all of your BAS and PAYG instalment notices electronically via your myGov Inbox when they are ready. We will no longer send them by paper.

You can manage your BAS and PAYG instalments from any device by signing into your myGov account and accessing ATO services.

There you can:

  • view, lodge, revise, vary and pay your BAS; and
  • manage your PAYG instalments, including elections, voluntary entry and real-time exits.

We’ll send a notification to your myGov Inbox when your BAS or PAYG instalment notice is ready.

If you have a tax agent, they’ll be able to view these notifications when searching their client correspondence list in the Tax Agent Portal. If you have a BAS agent, we’ll advise them by email when your BAS or PAYG instalment notification has been sent to your myGov Inbox.

Your tax agent or BAS agent will still be able to complete transactions on your behalf through their preferred electronic channel.

If you have a prior arrangement with us to continue receiving paper BAS or PAYG instalment notices, then you won’t be affected by this change.

Log into myGov today to see how you can manage your tax and super online.

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