In 2014 TAXVINE No 46 (12 December 2014), Member 202 wrote:
"With the continued move to doing everything electronically can someone explain why Superannuation Guarantee Shortfall statements can only be lodged by mail and, worse still, payment must be made by cheque to the Commissioner? We have tried on a number of occasions to obtain an EFT code for clients to make payments but have been advised that a code can only be issued once the shortfall statement is received. However, we can’t complete a shortfall statement until we know the payment date to work out the interest component to be included. Catch 22 lives on."
THE ATO NOW RESPONDS
"We are pleased to inform you that the option to lodge super guarantee charge (SGC) statements electronically through the ATO Business Portal is expected to be made available in January 2015. To use the electronic statement an employer will need an ABN and an Auskey. The employer’s representative including their Tax Agent can also lodge the SGC statement via the Business Portal provided they have an AUSkey and an ABN. It will allow the employer to electronically save the SGC statement for their records and will inform them of the payment amount, due date and payment options including BPAY and Credit Card. At this time, this option will not be available through the Tax Agent or BAS Agent Portals, given the low number of tax agents that lodge SGC statements on behalf of their clients."