The ATO has advised that the tax agent and business portals will be unavailable from 8.30pm (EDT) Thursday 20 March 2008 while the ATO upgrades its systems, and in particular introduces a new FBT processing system. The ATO plans to have the portals available again from 9.00am (EDT) Sunday 23 March 2008. However, if the systems upgrade takes longer than expected, access may not be available until 8.00am (EDT) Tuesday 25 March 2008.
The ATO has also advised that it will take it longer to process FBT returns while it completes the roll out of the new FBT system commencing at Easter. Agents and clients may experience delays.
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