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It’s time to switch to the PLS, says ATO

The ATO has announced that from 1 April 2018 the practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is the only electronic channel that can be used to lodge the Individual tax return 2017. “If you haven’t started using the PLS you will need to make the switch by 1 April in order to lodge all 2017 and future year returns,”

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The practitioner lodgement service (PLS) and your AUSkey credentials

The ATO has recently advised that when a practitioner firm’s software is ready to make a successful transition to the practitioner lodgment service (PLS), there are some checks practitioners should first make. Desktop software The ATO advise that your AUSkey credentials must be up-to-date, and lodgment permissions assigned to you and your staff, before using

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ATO announces what’s new in pre-filling

The ATO has published what pre-fill information is available for this Tax Time. It says practitioners can use its pre-filling service to cross-check information provided by your clients with data held by the ATO. This will help ensure the accuracy of returns. ATO announces what’s new in pre-filling Pre-filling information is available through the Tax

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Goodbye ELS, hello PLS

The methodical form-by-form closure of the electronic lodgement service (ELS) gateway has just commenced. From early April this year, for example, 2017 and future FBT returns will only be able to be lodged through the ATO’s new practitioner lodgement service (PLS). The in-coming principal electronic lodgment channel for tax practitioners, the PLS is the result

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Warning: More system outages are coming soon, says ATO

The ATO has issued a warning about upcoming system outages over April and May that it says are required to “provide resilient and stable systems” for tax time 2017. Thankfully the planned outages are to be limited to weekends, but also the longer weekend over Easter (see here for dates and times). The ATO advises

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Cloud computing, and navigating your business’s risk

Agreements between users of cloud computing services are as variable as the businesses involved, which has led the government to the realisation that the ongoing adoption of cloud-based business solutions has brought with it a need for a whole-of-government approach to the issues that can surface. The government’s Information Management Office (IMO) defines cloud computing

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The PLS is looming larger on the horizon

The ATO’s new practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is replacing its incumbent electronic lodgment service (ELS) as the primary lodgment channel (which will be “turned off” at the end of March 2017). Lodgments made using PLS will need to be made with standard business reporting (SBR)-enabled software packages. The PLS is looming larger on the horizon

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Checklist to ease your move to the practitioner lodgment service (PLS)

The practitioner lodgment service (PLS) is the new channel that will allow tax professionals to lodge forms electronically with the ATO. It is intended that the PLS will replace the electronic lodgment service (ELS) as the primary lodgment channel by the end of March 2017. In the meantime, and as these sorts of deadlines tend

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