Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Due to a major system upgrade by the ATO, most ATO computer systems will be shut down and unavailable from Christmas until after New Years day.  (Shut down from 8.00pm on 24th December until 11.30pm on Wednesday, 1st January 2020.)

The ATO are upgrading a major component of their older computer systems, which will generate many system and process improvements in 2020 and beyond.  Activity statement data is being shifted from the old system to the integrated new system.

Plan to take that break over Christmas until the New Year, or at least don’t rely on the ATO systems being available.

Important note: Single Touch payroll reports will not be effected.

Payroll will still happen, and reporting to the ATO will still happen. However, it is most likely that the submitted reports will not be displayed on myGov until some time in January. ATO Online Services will be offline for this period anyway.

Activity Statements / TPAR etc:

You will not be able to lodge Activity Statements, TPAR etc through the ATO Online Services while it is shut down.  The ATO is not guaranteeing that any lodgement after the 16th December 2019 will be processed by them before shutdown.  They will be accepted by their gateway (normally) and processed by the ATO when their system is available in January 2020.

The ATO advise that they will consider concessions being granted for any lodgement deadlines and payments due during this time that are effected by the shutdown.

Specifically we note the November activity statements are due on the 21st December.  ICB recommend you lodge and pay by 21st as normal.


ATO website notice   PDF18Oct19

  • Updated 18 October, 2019
    26th September, 2019