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Changes to the ATO’s Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

By Matt De largie

In February 2018, the ATO's Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) will join the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Business Portal. As a result of integrating the SBSCH with ATO online services, the look and feel of the SBSCH will be different and access will change.

The ATO have advised that the user ID and password combination currently used to access the ATO’s clearing house won’t be recognised by ATO online systems and will no longer be available when the ATO’s clearing house joins ATO online services.

If your business is growing, you exceed 19 employees, or you have an aggregated turnover of $10 million dollars or more, now might be a good time to consider if switching to the Sunsuper clearing house is right for you and your employees.

If you do decide to register for ATO online services, you will continue to have access to existing ATO clearing house information including historical data. It will just look different. The ATO has indicated that data will likely be migrated in mid-to-late February following a brief outage.

Obtaining new authentication credentials

To continue to use the ATO’s clearing house, your business will need to obtain either an AUSkey or you can connect an ABN to your myGov account through Manage ABN Connections.

These credentials securely identify you as being able to act on behalf of a business, maintaining confidentiality and integrity of your business information. Obtaining either of these credentials is a one off process – you won’t have to register every time.

The ATO has confirmed if you already have an AUSkey to access other government services, you can use it to log in to the business portal and access the ATO’s clearing house. You will however need a separate AUSkey for each ABN you are associated with. If you’ve forgotten your password, you’ll need to register for a new AUSkey as your AUSkey password can’t be reset.

Bookkeepers can also be granted clearing house access from a business associate registered on the Australian Business Register.

For help deciding which authentication credential is right for your business, watch the video.

Or, to find out more about the changes visit the ATO website.

Switching to Sunsuper clearing house

If your business is growing, you exceed 19 employees, or you have an aggregated turnover of $10 million dollars or more you might want to consider switching to the Sunsuper clearing house.

The Sunsuper clearing house allows you to make one single transaction for all of your employees – whether they’re Sunsuper members or members of other funds. It’s a simple SuperStream solution that’ll save you time:

  • Simple login process
  • Free where you’ve selected Sunsuper as your default fund
  • Multiple payment methods
  • Full payment history

Whatever the size of your business, the Sunsuper clearing house can meet your needs.

Watch the video to find out more

Sunsuper clearing house is a service available to registered Sunsuper employers. It’s available to employers who:

  • are enrolled for Sunsuper Employer Online, and
  • have selected Sunsuper as their default super fund.

> Find out more

Reference: SBSCH joining ATO Business Portal (webinar recording) 30 Nov 17  

By Matt De largie, Manager of Digital Distribution, Sunsuper

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