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What Is an Integrated Client Account and How Do You Access One?

The Integrated Client Account

The ATO has a number of client account accounts. One of these is called the Integrated Client Account. This account is relevant if a person has non-salary income, pays GST, and/or employs staff and pays pay-as-you-go withholding. It provides transaction details from activity statements and payments, penalties and interest charges. As per the ATO, the complete list includes:

  • goods and services tax (GST)
  • goods and services tax instalments
  • pay as you go income tax withholding (PAYGW)
  • pay as you go income tax instalments (PAYGI)
  • fringe benefits tax (FBT) instalments
  • luxury car tax (LCT)
  • wine equalisation tax (WET)
  • fuel tax credit (FTC)
  • deferred company instalments
  • franking deficit tax and over franking tax for 2003 and future income years
  • petroleum rent resource tax (PRRT)
  • sales tax credits.

Accessing your clients’ Integrated Client Accounts

AUSkey is a secure login that identifies a person using online services. Third parties accessing their clients’ Integrated Client Accounts have been required to have an AUSkey. From March 2020, the way government services are accessed online will change. 

AUSkey is being replaced by myGovID and the Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM). MyGovID is an authentication service that enables people to prove who they are online. 

RAM is an additional authentication service that makes it possible for business owners to link their myGOVID to an ABN. When this is done, other people and organisations with a myGovID can be given the authorisation to access government online services, including Integrated Client Accounts.

What to do if you don’t have an AUSkey?

If you don’t have an AUSkey, there’s no need to get one since it is being phased out by March 2020. In October 2019, the ATO released the beta versions of myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager. The new steps to access an Integrated Client Account include:

  1. Follow the steps on how to get your myGovID.
  2. Ask your clients to get their myGovIDs as well. 
  3. Use the Relationship Authorisation Manager to accept authorisations from your clients who also have a myGovID.  

Remember that although you can still register for an AUSkey to access Integrated Client Accounts, it will be phased out by March 2020.

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