Using our digital services

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Digital services available

We offer a wide range of digital wholesale services for DSPs through Standard Business Reporting (SBR). These include application programming interfaces (APIs) to suit your software such as:

  • tax and business accounting
  • payroll
  • super
  • business registration and other reporting services.

Tax and business accounting

Integrate our tax and business accounting digital services with your software to deliver a seamless experience for your business and tax professional users. The practitioner lodgment service (PLS) enables your users to lodge a number of forms including:

  • Individual income tax return
  • Company tax return
  • Partnership tax return
  • Business activity statement
  • Fringe benefits tax return
  • Self-managed superannuation fund annual returns
  • Fund income tax returns
  • Trust tax returns

Our PLS services also include a number of service functions that allow your users to do more in their software including client update, direct debit, private ruling and lodgment status services.

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Payroll

Our current payroll services include:

  • submit a TFN Declaration
  • report a pay event (for Single Touch Payroll)
  • create a payment summary.

Our payroll services will continue to expand through Single Touch Payroll.

We also provide the information required to develop payroll services including tax tables, formulas and instructions.

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Super

Our range of digital services enables super funds and businesses to comply with superannuation obligations or obtain information from the ATO that facilitates compliance and ensures transfers contain accurate information.

These services include:

  • TFN validation - validates employee or super member details against ATO information
  • Fund validation - collects information from super funds regarding their super products and makes this information available
  • Super match - provides a list from the ATO of super fund memberships and any ATO held super monies
  • Super member - enables real time reporting of member account information.

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Business registration and reporting

We are currently developing a number of digital services, which will enable a business or their intermediary to register an Australian Business Number (ABN) and associated tax roles.

We also have a number of digital services that enable you to build products that report on mandatory reporting obligations including Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Common Reporting Standards (CRS) and Country by Country (CbC).

A large number of these services are Standard Business Reporting (SBR)-enabled. You can see the full list of our SBR- enabled services via the ATO service registry (SR) on sbr.gov.au.

How to start using our services

To use our digital services you will need to undertake a number of steps before you are whitelisted to use production services.

1. Register for SBR

Complete the ‘SBR developer registration’ form on Online services for DSPs to obtain access to the non-live test environment and specifications. After registering you can access support from the Digital Partnership Office to help guide you through the build process.

2. Build against non-live test environment - External Vendor Testing Environment (EVTE)

The ATO's External Vendor Testing Environment (EVTE) has been designed to ensure that defined SBR technical standards are met.

It is a testing platform that allows digital service providers both commercial and inhouse to demonstrate their capability in meeting a defined set of test scenarios with well formed requests/messages.

You can utilise test scenarios to demonstrate your product/service operates as expected. Using EVTE is a key part of our software registration process.

EVTE test scenarios 'conformance data' are limited to specific test ABNs.

Requests not associated with a defined test credential or test scenario data will result in an error response.

ATO test environments must only be used for testing of ATO test scenarios and must not be used for performance testing.

3. Complete Security questionnaire

Complete the Digital Service Provider Operational Framework Security Questionnaire (DOCX, 895KB) and provide relevant evidence to demonstrate compliance with the Requirements for DSPs.

4. Production verification testing (PVT)

Valid transactions are closely monitored in a live environment to demonstrate your product/service operates as expected in a live environment.

5. Whitelist for production services

Once approved for whitelisting, your product/service can be used to transact with production ATO digital services.

Requirements for DSPs

The growth of our digital services presents a range of service opportunities but also risks and security implications. It is crucial for us to work together to protect the integrity of the taxation and superannuation systems for the Australian community.

The Requirements for DSPs provides the specific requirements, expectations and timeframes we have established for using our digital services.  

Reasonable use of ATO digital wholesale services

By using our services, you need to be aware of and ensure compliance with the Reasonable use of ATO digital wholesale services policy.

It aims to ensure system availability and responsiveness for all users and defines the appropriate use of single vs batch requests, message stockpiling, automated tools and error messaging. The policy is complemented by service specific usage guidelines, which are described in the relevant Business Implementation Guides.

Continued non-conformance to the policy and usage guidelines may result in de-whitelisting of access to ATO services.

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Reasonable use of ATO digital wholesale services (PDF, 258KB)

Contact us

For further information and to provide feedback, contact the DPO via Online services for DSPs or by emailing DPO@ato.gov.au.

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