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ATO encourages businesses to switch to new online services portal

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
09 April 2021 1 minute readShare

Businesses have been encouraged by the Australian Taxation Office to switch to its new Online services for business (OSB) portal as it prepares to shut down its old portal later this year.

OSB is set to replace both the Business Portal and the electronic superannuation audit tool (eSAT). The announcement on the ATO website follows a public beta testing of the OSB portal back in January.

Further, during MyBusiness Week last year, ATO Deputy Commissioner for Small Business Kirsten Fish said the OSB portal will have all the functions that the Business Portal has, but in a more contemporary and easier-to-use way, and functions that the current Business Portal doesn’t have.

“Self-served payment arrangements will be available and businesses will be able to manage all of their entities through one log-in without needing to toggle between different platforms,” Ms Fish said.

“With a range of new features, this new service allows you to interact with us in a more contemporary way. Online services for business can be accessed on multiple devices, including smart devices like your phone or tablet.

“To start using Online services for business, log in with your myGovID as you did for the Business Portal.”

The OSB portal can be accessed on multiple devices, including a smart device like a phone or tablet.

Key features of the OSB portal include:

  • digital lodgement of audit complete advices (ACA) and auditor contravention reports (ACR)
  • lodgement of multiple ACAs in one report
  • instant ACR lodgement confirmation
  • print-friendly versions of ACR lodgements
  • single log-in for multiple businesses
  • communication through secure mail
  • page-specific help and support
  • access to the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

Businesses can sign on to the OSB portal by clicking here.

ATO encourages businesses to switch to new online services portal
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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