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To use Australian Government services online, or to lodge your tax return online, a fast and simple way is to have an account in myGov. It gives you the benefit of getting secure access to online services by using only one username and password. Through myGov account you can deal with Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support Services and Veterans’ Affairs as well as the Tax Office.

If you link your myGov account with the ATO, then all the ATO mails will go directly into your myGov inbox, which will make things easier for you. Moreover, you can manage your taxation and superannuation affairs in one place which makes record keeping easier and more secure for you.
The types of ATO mail you may receive in your myGov Inbox include:

  • Notices, such as notices of assessment; 
  • Statements of account; 
  • Confirmation and reminder notices; 
  • Activity statements or instalment notices.

Through your myGov account, you will get the confidential information, such as, tax file number rather than via email, which is not safe. By using myGov you can update any information in one place with participating member services.

If you link your link your myGov with ATO, your agent may not receive correspondence on your behalf. They may be able to see a copy of the mail, SMS and emails that ATO sent you. Your tax agent will not have access to your myGov Inbox – instead they will see copies via their own Tax Agent Portal. So it is essential for you to monitor your myGov inbox regularly. ATO will notify you by SMS or email if anything has been delivered to your inbox, however we urge you to access your inbox frequently to ensure you do not miss important correspondence or payment/lodgement deadlines.

If you intend to file your tax return online, or want to get all the government services notification in one inbox, we recommend you to create a myGov account, which will let you link a range of Australian Government services and access them all in one place. It’ll make your life easier.

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