Dealing with the ATO in this Digital Age…….
Sometimes there can be some confusion regarding access to the Government at an electronic level. So here, we have put together a summary of hints to help you on your way, in order to face the digital world we now live in:
For All Other Business……
This is the more specific step for businesses in dealing with the ATO. To access the Business Portal (online services), you need to set up your myGovID (this is separate to the above myGov account), and link it to your business in Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM).
myGovID is an app you download to your smart device to prove who you are online. It's like the 100 point ID check, but on your smart device.
RAM is an authorisation service that allows you to act on behalf of an entity with participating government online services.
Together, myGovID and RAM provide a flexible, easy and secure way to access our Business Portal.
Once these are setup, you will be able to access online services, and your myGovID will provide you with a random "4-digit" access code to key in, upon login. This code will randomly change every time you login. It is part of the 2-step security feature which is now a common security protocol across business platforms.
What you need to do
1. Download the myGovID app to your smart device and set it up using your identity documents (e.g. Driver's Licence / Medicare Card etc). Anyone who accesses online services on behalf of your entity will need their own myGovID.
2. Log in to RAM (access RAM by visiting https://info.authorisationmanager.gov.au) using your myGovID and link your entity's ABN. The way you link depends on whether you're an eligible individual associate or a primary person.
3. Once your ABN is linked, you can start setting up and managing authorisations. (For example, as the business owner, you may have an internal administrator whom you wish to give access to your business portal, so they can prepare your BAS each month/quarter). When you authorise someone they'll receive an authorisation request via email to act on behalf of your entity online.
Find out more about what you need to do at www.ato.gov.au/mygovid
4. In order access the Business Portal (now called Online Services), you can do so here. (Upon selecting this link, look for the "Login" button on your screen).
If you have any questions regarding these steps, or need assistance – Wright Partners is available to help. Simply give us a call.