Businesses use activity statements to report and pay a number of tax obligations, including GST, pay as you go (PAYG) instalments, PAYG withholding and fringe benefits tax. Individuals who need to pay quarterly PAYG instalments also use Activity statements.
Activity statements are personalised to each business or individual to support reporting against identified obligations.
From 1 July 2014, if you or your registered agent lodges your activity statement via an electronic channel the ATO will stop sending you paper activity statements. Instead, your next activity statement will become available in an electronic channel.
You can lodge and pay electronically, by mail or in person. You must lodge on time to avoid interest and penalties. If you can't lodge or pay by the due date, contact us as soon as possible. Usually, arrangements can be made to pay your tax debt over an extended period.
If you're a business, you can lodge your activity statements online or use a paper form. Lodging online is quicker and most quarterly lodgers get an extra two weeks to lodge (ATO terms and conditions apply).
The ATO will issue your activity statement before the end of your reporting period, which is usually every three months or every month. If you've lost or haven't received your paper activity statement, you can obtain a copy by phoning the ATO on 13 28 66.