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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 (

    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.


I'm having issues nominating MYOB as my software provider


If you have issues with the ATO’s Access Manager website, can’t access your myGovID or haven’t registered for one, you can nominate MYOB by calling the ATO on 1300 852 232.

I need to change my setup or details


If you need to change your tax code setup, authorised person, or change how year-end adjustments recorded in MYOB affect your BAS:

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

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

  3. Click the Settings option.

If you change the tax code setup, it will not affect any returns that are already in progress. You’ll need to open the statement that’s in progress, choose to Edit it, and then click Update from ledger, to use the new tax code setup details.

Note that doing this will replace the values of all fields that are automatically calculated based on the tax code setup.

Where can I get more information about my activity statement fields?


To learn what should be reported in each activity statement field, visit the ATO website.

Where can I find my GST software ID?


The GST software ID is displayed during the set up steps above. If you forgot to copy the GST software ID you can access it as follows:

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

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

  3. Click the Settings option and choose Get software ID.

How do I set up the activity statement fields for FBT, Fuel Tax Credits, or PAYGI?


Currently only the GST and PAYG Withholding fields can be linked to tax codes in MYOB. So if you need to complete other fields, like the T fields, you'll need to fill in those values manually when completing your activity statement.

How do I change my reporting period?


Your GST reporting and payment period would have been set when you registered with the ATO, based on the turnover of your business at the time.

If you need to change your GST reporting period, contact the ATO.