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Get ready to lodge activity statements

There’s a one-time setup process you need to complete before you can start preparing activity statements. This might take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Before you begin

Get activity statement help from an MYOB Partner

We recommend that you use the experience and knowledge or your accountant or MYOB Partner to take care of your activity statements for you.

If you:

To set up your activity statement

  1. In MYOB, go to the Accounting menu and choose Prepare BAS or IAS.

  2. Click Get started.

  3. If prompted, sign in to your MYOB account.

  4. When the online activity statement dashboard appears, click Get started.

  5. Select whether you're preparing this activity statement for your own business (or a business you work for), or as a registered agent for another business.
    Note that if you're preparing a non-business IAS, you should still select I lodge as a business.

  6. Enter your name. If you’re an agent, you’ll need to provide your Registration number and ABN to lodge the form with the ATO. Click Next.

  7. You’ll now be shown a unique Software ID. This ID enables you to lodge activity statements with the ATO using MYOB.
    Click Copy to save the Software ID to your Windows clipboard and then paste it into a document (or you can just write down the ID). Click Next.

  8. If you have a myGovID and you can access it now, complete the following steps to nominate MYOB as your software provider with the ATO. Don’t have a myGovID, or can’t access it right now? You can call the ATO to complete this process by phone instead - call 1300 852 232.

    1. Log in to the ATO’s Access Manager website (https://am.ato.gov.au).

    2. Click My Hosted SBR Software Services in Access Manager’s menu.

    3. Click Notify the ATO of your hosted service.

    4. Type "MYOB" in the Software Provider Name field, then click Search.

    5. Click MYOB’s ABN when it appears.

    6. Paste or type the software ID in the Add Software IDs field and click Next.

    7. Read the declaration, then click Save.

    8. Return to the Nominate MYOB as your software provider message, and click I've done this.

  9. When the online activity statement dashboard appears, click Check field setup in the banner. You can now set up your GST and PAYG Withholdings activity statement fields.  

    Set up activity statement fields

    • Select whether your annual turnover is less than or more than $10 million. If it's less than $10 million, you can lodge a simpler BAS, meaning that you have fewer GST fields to complete on your form. 

    • (BAS only) For the GST fields, link the tax codes you’ve used in MYOB to the relevant fields on the statement.

      Click + Add code to link a tax code to a field, or click the tax code’s x icon to unlink it.

    • For the PAYG fields, link the payroll categories and tax codes you use to track the salaries, wages and other payments to employees and others at W1, and the amounts you withhold from those payments at W2.

      Link the tax codes you use to track withholdings (other than those already reported at W2 or W4) at W3, and the amounts withheld due to suppliers not providing their ABN on their invoices at W4.

  10. Click Done.

Now, each time you go to the Accounting menu > Prepare BAS or IAS > Get started, the online activity statement dashboard will retrieve information from the ATO and show the statements you can complete via MYOB. If you’re an agent, note that you'll only see activity statements for the business you've signed into.

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