What you need to know about AUSkey’s replacement myGovID

In just a few short months, login service AUSkey will retire and be replaced by the more secure and comprehensive myGovID. Note the changeover date From 1 April 2020, AUSkey will be officially replaced by myGovID and RAM (Relationship Authorisation Manager) as the official secure-login service for the ATO. Clients who’ve previously used AUSkey to access their tax records, review Activity Statements (e.g. BAS) and complete tax lodgements will need to remember the changeover date to stay secure. The new digital identity service is expected to provide more comprehensive security features on users’ devices, including fingerprint and facial detection, to access their government profiles. Getting better every week After an initial testing phase in September, where 160 agents participated in the private myGovID beta, the service has moved to public testing and is seeing encouraging signs from users. ATO deputy commissioner John Dardo told Accountants Daily that the myGovID app has been downloaded more than 165,000 times so far, with 96,000 identities set up and 70,000 ABNs already linked. Mr Dardo says its “progressive implementation” is a deliberate measure to uncover any gaps in the service and resolve issues before AUSkey is officially replaced. How to get set up  Anyone who wants to start using myGovID in anticipation of the AUSkey changeover in April next year can do so by proving their identity with two official documents: passport, driver’s licence or Medicare card. Mr Dardo encourages users to download the myGovID app as soon as possible so there are no issues at the changeover date. Individuals who may not have the right identity documents to match their name are particularly encouraged to become early adopters so they are not hit with delays after AUSkey is retired. In anticipation of bottlenecks and challenges with identity verification, Mr Dardo says the myGovID app intends to expand its verification services to include Australian birth certificates and visas in the near future. If you have any questions on the matter and what it might mean to you specifically, do not hesitate to reach out to our team for knowledge and advice.