ATO downtime thwarts weekend tax enthusiasts

Two Australian Tax Office (ATO) portals will experience downtime this weekend for upgrades, but once they return, taxpayers are unlikely to notice the difference.

Two Australian Tax Office (ATO) portals will experience downtime this weekend for upgrades, but once they return, taxpayers are unlikely to notice the difference.

All activities on the tax agent and business portals will be shut down from 9am today until 8pm Sunday while the Tax Office does "a bit of work to replace [its] backend", according to a Tax Office spokesperson.

The outage will be used for the "technical deployment of the core integrated processing system client register", the spokesperson continued.

There will be no change to the "taxpayer experience" once the portals are up again, the spokesperson added: "The only inconvenience for them is that the portals are going to be down this weekend."

The upgrade is preparing the way for further work on the Tax Office's system, scheduled to occur over 26 days from 6 to 31 March. The work will affect the lodgement of quarterly Business Activity Statements. The ATO will still accept lodgements, but processing will cease during the period.

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