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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will retire AUSkey this Friday, 27 March, and is calling on businesses to make the switch to myGovID and authorisation service Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM).

From 27 March, everyone who uses the ATO’s Business Portal or a range of other government online services for businesses will need their own smart device and a myGovID.

The new platforms will prove the identity of an individual before granting them access to the ATO Business Portal, as well as online services for agents and a range of other online government services.

Around 75 per cent of businesses using AUSkey have already made the necessary move to myGovID, with positive feedback about the new service’s flexibility and ability for authorised users to enrol a myGovID while working from home, said ATO chief digital officer John Dardo.

“So far over 500,000 businesses and organisations have moved to myGovID with over 750,000 accepted authorisations of individuals and staff, and we continue to offer assistance to those who have yet to make the move,” he said.

“It is important that tax professional practices or businesses with a large number of AUSkey users should be using this as an opportunity to ensure that their users and their authorities have been reviewed and configured in a way that aligns with their organisational roles.”

“Some organisations have discovered that they had hundreds or thousands of active AUSkeys assigned to people that had left their organisation years ago. For those organisations, this is an opportunity to review and implement a more robust management of authorisations for their employees.”

Dardo said while the ATO is encouraging businesses to move to myGovID as early as possible, “we will still be there to help them if they need to transition after 27 March, however, they will not be able to access a range of online services for their businesses after 27 March, until they implement myGovID and RAM”.

The myGovID app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

For more information on myGovID go to www.mygovid.gov.au

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