ATO test runs AUSkey replacement

The ATO will look to phase in the replacement of AUSkey later on this year, with the new credential set to allow tax practitioners better mobility and access.

AUSkey, a source of frustration for tax agents since its introduction in 2010, is set to be replaced with myGovID, which will allow agents to enrol and authenticate at a time, place and device of their convenience.

ATO deputy commissioner Andrew Watson said that while the agency cannot promise a definite release date, it has been trialling the portal credential with a small group of tax agents.

“[myGovID] will allow a new credential; it isn’t something you to install into a machine. It is a portable credential to use that and that will allow online services to be accessed from tablets or a mobile phone,” Mr Watson said.

According to the ATO’s software developer’s site, the tax office is aiming to decommission AUSkey by March 2020.

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