ATO and myGov

ATO and myGov

The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and myGov have made technology changes to how we deal with them. This will affect most of us from 30th June 2019. The effect of which came into place for Taxpayers on 30th June 2019.

Group certificates

The group certificates (annual payment summary) which employers used to issue at the end of each financial year, cease from June 2019. Instead, a new digital reporting for tax and superannuation detail commenced. So no more group certificates. Instead these details are available through the government website myGov (details below). The benefit is that digital technology will catch out employers who forget or just don’t make tax and superannuation payments.

To access the details that used to be on a group certificate, log into or create a myGov account at my.gov.au. When you have setup access and logged into your myGov account, go to the Home page. You will see ‘Your services’ displayed. Below that ‘Link another service’. Click on that and select Australian Taxation Office. Follow the instructions and link to the ATO. You can also link any other government service that you wish. Like Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support, Aged Care and Veterans Affairs etc.

Single Touch Payroll

For small employers, the new Single Touch Payroll system commenced 1st July 2019. This enables real-time payday reporting for all employers and they are now required to report pay details each and every payday. This system commenced for large employers a year ago.

myGov

If you have a myGov account and you have linked that to the ATO, most of your ATO mail will now come directly to your myGov Inbox, rather than by post. The ATO believe this will help you manage taxation and superannuation affairs in one place and make record keeping easier and more secure.

The types of ATO mail you may receive in your myGov Inbox include:

  • notices, such as notices of assessment and;
  • statements of account and;
  • confirmation and reminder notices and;
  • activity statements or installment notices.

Because of legal and privacy issues ATO digital communications containing personal information, such as your tax file number, will be sent to your myGov Inbox, rather than your email account.

More on this at the ATO site.