Manage ABN Connections is a new way for businesses to access government online services using their myGov login. The ATO says it is a secure login alternative to an AUSkey when accessing the Business Portal and other government online services, and can be used from mobile devices. 

The ATO says feedback from tax professionals identified that further work is required to meet their needs. The ATO advised that the myGov login is therefore not currently available to access the Tax or BAS Agent Portals.

If a tax agent's client already has a myGov account linked to the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare, they can now use Manage ABN Connections to access government online business services. If the client doesn't have a myGov account, the ATO says they will need to create one and link to the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare before they can set-up their ABN connection.

If a tax agent's client creates a myGov account and links to the ATO, tax agents should be aware that they will receive most of their personal ATO mail (and business ATO mail, if they are a sole trader) through their myGov inbox. The ATO says tax agents will still be able to access any correspondence the ATO sends to their client's myGov inbox via the client communication list in the portal. If the client does not want to receive their ATO mail through their myGov inbox, the ATO says they should link to Centrelink or Medicare, not the ATO.