Specifications

The accepted specifications and versions for the 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years. You will be required to use these if you are developing software to lodge electronically. A list of validation tools has also been included.
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The 2020 pre-filling report focuses on simplifying and consolidating the 2019 product, including by removing extraneous sections and reordering data.
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For myTax this year we are introducing an alert, as part of the tax calculation/estimate, for all individuals with Division 293 income greater than or equal to $225,750, advising them that they may/will be subject to additional tax on concessional contributions (Division 293).
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A FINAL version of the Business transactions made through payment systems (BTTPS) v1.0.2 specification is now available.
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This specification is to be used in the development of software for the lodgment of electronic versions of the Community Housing Providers report which is reported to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), effective from 1 July 2021.
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Our latest small business benchmarks data is available for use in your products.
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A FINAL version of the Employee share scheme (ESS) annual report v3.0.1 specification is now available.
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The tax file number (TFN) algorithm is a mathematical formula that tests the validity of numbers quoted as TFNs. Its use in software is recommended as it will minimise TFN errors and may subsequently reduce the need for contact between your organisation or your clients and the ATO.
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Attached below are the 2017 ELS software specifications, each version is contained in a zip file.
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The Final Private health insurance report version 3.0.1 electronic reporting specification (ERS) and the Final Private health insurance statement specification version, commencing from 1 July 2019 (Statement Specification) have been published.
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