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Is there any movement by the ATO to accommodate clients who do not have computers or are unable to afford updated programs?  Ie can BAS agents submit STP reports for clients who do not have an ssid?

Edited at 17 Sep 2018 09:51 PM GMT

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Hi Pat,

Keep abreast of what's happening via ICB's newsletters and communication from the ATO.

The ATO have listened to feedback regarding this and several other related issues that are currently being considered further.





Edited at 01 Oct 2018 09:34 AM GMT

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Hi Pat,

An SSID is a security measure, the software providers have gone through an extensive security audit to be permitted to submit STP data to the ATO. The SSID is created by the software provider and thus it would not be possible to submit STP reports without an SSID as this would undermine the security in place.

Submitting STP data means the business has staff, thus I think the argument would be if the business can afford to have staff they can afford the software to submit STP data.

Microkeeper for example offers a free plan for employers with a single employee, thus hopefully you can find software solutions that are affordable.

Another thing to keep in mind is the software fees usually offset other costs, for example the software might cost $25 per month but save several hours per month in bookkeeping fees thus the business is better off.

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