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One Plus One Solutions Pty Limited are pleased to advise that the final easyFBT 2022 version is now available for download. This release contains the final ATO Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) Return 2022 form which can be produced as a paper form for manual lodgement with the ATO as per prior years or when using the Electronic Lodgement (SBR) Interaction Manager to lodge electronically.


easyFBT login authentication system

The ATO have mandated that any software that connects to the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) system must now provide a comprehensive login system to help protect users sensitive tax data.


For easyFBT 2022 and future software releases, each time you start easyFBT you will be required to login to the application. Note: This new easyFBT software login is separate to your easyFBT website login (if you have one). Please read the following easyFBT login authentication system blog post for more information and step-by-step instructions.


How to update your existing easyFBT 2022 software

If you are currently using the initial version of easyFBT 2022 (version 2022.1.0.1) then you can download the latest easyFBT 2022 Installer from the Downloads page on our website and then run this on all computers that have easyFBT 2022 installed on them.


Notes:

1) Any existing 2022 entities and each individual user’s personal settings will not be touched during an easyFBT software installation. Regardless, we still recommend that you make sure you have a backup of your entities before proceeding with any easyFBT software installation.


2) The latest easyFBT 2022 Installer is a full version of the easyFBT 2022 software so if you haven't already installed a previous version of easyFBT 2022 on your PC then you can use this latest easyFBT 2022 Installer to do this.


SBR Machine Credential Requirement

If you intend to lodge your FBT Return form electronically then you will need a Machine to Machine (M2M) credential as the previously used AUSkeys have been retired by the ATO as at the end of March 2020. To create a machine credential in the ATO’s Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM), you must be either a principal authority or a machine credential administrator (MCA) of the business. Note: you will need to create one for each entity that is required to be electronically lodged.


Guide: how to install a machine credential

https://info.authorisationmanager.gov.au/guide-how-to-install-a-machine-credential


ATO Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM)

https://authorisationmanager.gov.au/#/authorisations-home


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Starting with easyFBT 2022 we have introduced a new, secure login authentication process to help protect your data. We have partnered with Auth0 to integrate this feature into the application as it provides an easy to use, centralised online management process for our users.


We have chosen the Auth0 authentication system due to its ability to simplify and securely implement the type of security requested by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), allow disparate integration options to be added and to provide a hands-off approach more in line with the modern online world we now find ourselves.


Due to the short timeframes available to us, we have completed a more simplified implementation but we will be looking to build upon this starting point moving forward. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please contact support.

Why do I have to login?

The ATO have mandated that any software that connects to the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) system must now provide a comprehensive login system to protect users.


The ATO's Digital Service Provider (DSP) Operational Security Framework (OSF) seeks to protect Taxation, Accounting, Payroll, Business Registry and Superannuation related data and the integrity of the Taxation, Business Registry and Superannuation systems that support the Australian community. This is achieved by setting out a minimum level of security requirements a DSP needs to meet in order to access ATO Digital Services that perform a functional role in the supply chain. The ATO's DSP OSF has been established to respond to business risks and security threats presented by the continual expansion and growth of digital services across the ecosystem.


The ATO's DSP OSF is a response to known examples of:

  • Information misuse: including identity theft, personal gain or commercial advantage.

  • Financial system misuse: including tax refund fraud.

  • Destructive cyber behaviour: including individual or system hacks.

The ATO's DSP OSF applies to any software product or digital service that performs a functional role in the supply chain of transmitting Taxation, Accounting, Payroll, Business Registry or Superannuation data through ATO digital services.


This includes software products that reads, stores, modifies or routes any Taxation, Accounting, Payroll, Business Registry or Superannuation data that:

  • Connects directly to the ATO digital services.

  • Connects indirectly to the ATO via a sending Service Provider (SSP) for Payroll services.

  • Connects indirectly to the ATO via a Gateway for Superannuation Services or SuperStream


On Startup

Each time you start easyFBT you will be presented with the following screen which will allow you to login to the application by either entering your account credentials or choosing one of the optional enterprise account options:


Available account options

First time users will need to either create a standard account credential (via the Sign up option) or by linking your existing enterprise account to our easyFBT application. There are currently 3 options available to log into easyFBT:

  • Standard account - create a personalised easyFBT account providing a username and password. You will receive an e-mail notification to finalise your account and access.

  • LinkedIn - link your existing LinkedIn account to easyFBT

  • Microsoft account - link your existing Microsoft 365 account to easyFBT


Which is the recommended account option?

For ongoing simplification we recommend (where available) using a LinkedIn or Microsoft 365 account as this can be tied to an already existing account. Whilst a standard account is more than suitable for this purpose it will require you to remember an additional account.


Additional login options and features

Additional account options such as Google Workspace or features such as multi-factor authentication or offline access will be considered going forward. If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact support for future consideration.


Ongoing easyFBT use

Once you have chosen your account option it will be available and useable for all future releases of easyFBT starting from the 2022 release.


Account sign up

To complete the account sign-up process, click on the Sign up link located in the middle of the Log in screen where you will be presented with the following Sign up screen:

Standard account login

If you intend to create a new standard account complete the following:

  1. Enter your email address and password (follow the on-screen password requirements). Click the Continue button to create your account.

  2. Once you have created your account, you will be sent a Verify your Account e-mail. Check your inbox or junk mail folder.

  3. From the e-mail, click the VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT button to finalise your account.

Once your account has been verified, in future at the login prompt, enter your username and password and click the Continue button.


Non-activated account

If you fail to complete the Verify your Account step, you will not be able to login to easyFBT in future attempts. In this situation each time you attempt to start easyFBT we will send you a follow-up Verify your Account e-mail and you will be advised of this via an on-screen prompt.


Note: If you have any issues finalising your account, please contact support.


LinkedIn or Microsoft account login

By choosing either of the LinkedIn or Microsoft Account login options, follow the on-screen prompts (as designated by the provider chosen) to link your account to easyFBT.


Once your account has been linked, in future at the login prompt, click on the Continue with button (depending on your provider) and follow the on-screen prompts.


Authentication features and conditions

Our easyFBT authentication has a number of additional features and conditions required to be met to access the program.


Closing or cancelling the login prompt

If you fail to successfully provide your account credentials or cancel the login prompt, easyFBT will either not be started or if already open will be closed (edited data will be automatically saved).


Offline access

The current configuration of the easyFBT/Auth0 authentication process requires online access at all times. When starting easyFBT, we will validate your online status before showing the login prompt and will advise where a connection is not available. Until a valid online connection is available, easyFBT will not be started or if already open will be closed (edited data will be automatically saved).


Re-prompting for your account credentials

After a period of non-activity within easyFBT, you will be re-prompted for your account credentials. Provide your account details again to return to easyFBT.

Failure to provide your account credentials will result in easyFBT being closed (edited data will be automatically saved).


Application logging

Additional logging has been added to easyFBT in line with the ATO's DSP OSF requirements. These logs are generated on an application and entity level basis tracking features activated by the logged-in user.

  • Application level - includes everything done by the user from log-on to close across all activated entities (ApplicationLog.txt file located in the Documents\One Plus One Solutions Pty Limited\easyFBT 2022\Logs folder)

  • Entity level - includes everything done by the user specific to the activated entity (EntityLog.txt file located in the specific entity folder)

Type of information recorded

Including the account name and date/time, anything specific from logging-in, opening features, editing, importing or saving workpapers, viewing reports and completing SBR lodgements.

May 2022 Update

The following changes and enhancements have been made to the May releases of easyFBT 2022 (2022.1.0.5-2022.1.0.7):


Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) Return 2022 and SBR Interactions

For tax agents and business Intermediaries, added the following to the SBR Interactions wizard:

  • Allow Tax Agents to enter their Australian Business Number (ABN)

  • Allow Business Intermediaries to enter their contact name, phone number and Australian Business Number (ABN)

Note: this information is required now that easyFBT is using the latest XML document payload. The now retired XBRL document payload previously used did not have this condition.


RFBA Employee Letters (sending e-mail)

The following changes where made within the e-mail system used to send RFBA employee letters:

  • Added the ability to insert a time delay (edit via Tools -> Options -> E-mail) between e-mail batches which will attempt to reduce the likelihood of creating too many e-mail server connections over a short period of time.


April 2022 Update

The following changes and enhancements have been made to the April releases of easyFBT 2022 (2022.1.0.3-2022.1.0.4):


easyFBT login authentication system

Based on platform usage and user feedback we have made the following changes to the login authentication system:

  • Better captured internal system errors returned on failure when attempting to open the Auth0 login window

  • Removed our pre-validation network availability check which may not work in certain environments (with more reliance on capturing system errors as above)

  • Fixed an issue on Windows 7 which was not using the latest enabled TLS authentication methods (TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are no longer valid)

  • Fixed an issue where in certain situations changing the licence key failed to reset the active state,


April 2022 Release

The following changes and enhancements have been made in the April release of easyFBT 2022 (2022.1.0.2):


Microsoft .Net Requirements

Due to the implemention of the ATO's automated M2M credential process we have been required to move easyFBT from .Net Framework 4.6.3 to .Net Framework 4.8. Due to the implementation of the Microsoft .Net Framework, this should require no changes to your system as you should have this version on your computer.


Note: During the installation of easyFBT this will be checked and advised to you.


easyFBT login authentication system

Starting with the forms release of easyFBT 2022 we have introduced a new, secure login authentication process to help protect your data. We have partnered with Auth0 to integrate this feature into the application as it provides an easy to use, centralised online management process for our users.


Application logging

Additional logging has been added to easyFBT in line with the DSP OSF requirements. These logs are generated on an application and entity level basis tracking features activated by the logged-in user.


Read our comprehensive post explaining how these features work.


Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) Return 2022 and SBR Interactions

The ATO Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) Return 2022 form has been added to this version and can be produced as a paper form for manual lodgement with the ATO as per prior years or when using the Electronic Lodgement (SBR) Interaction Manager to lodge electronically.


SBR interactions in easyFBT 2022 are processed through the latest SBR2 gateway where you are required to Validate (formally Pre-lodge) or Submit (formally Lodge) your returns.


Document payload

We have updated easyFBT to use the latest XML document payload replacing the now retired XBRL payload.


Interaction amendments

We have provided the ability to force override amendments to lodged returns (previously you needed to have successfully lodged using easyFBT). This option will become useful where your initial return was submitted (lodged) via an external program or provider.


Automatic updating of M2M credentials

The ATO have recognised that M2M credentials are expiring regularly outside their occasional use therefore they have provided developers with the ability to renew M2M keys up to 14 months before they expire. We have included this feature directly into easyFBT and will automatically validate for this during the SBR Interaction Wizard process (once you have selected your credential).


Viewing a SBR Lodgement FBT Return Form

When viewing a Validate (pre-lodge) FBT Return form via the Electronic Lodgement (SBR) Interaction Manager, we have updated the wording in the top-left of Page 1 to clearly state that this specific interaction has not been submitted (lodged) with SBR.


RFBA Employee Letters (sending e-mail)

The following changes where made within the e-mail system used to send RFBA employee letters:

  • Updated the 3rd party Mailbee component for TLS 1.2 requirements now used to send e-mail by most providers.

  • Renamed the Microsoft Outlook/Hotmail option to Microsoft 365/Outlook and adjusted the server address to the latest required by Microsoft.

Note: The ability to send e-mail via Google Gmail is being phased out by 30 May 2022 and this option will be removed in a future release therefore you should move to another e-mail provider ASAP. One Plus One Solutions Pty Limited will provide no support for this feature.



September 2021 Release

The following changes and enhancements have been made in the September release of easyFBT 2022 (2022.1.0.1):


Workpapers

We have added a couple of new fields within the Expense, Property, Residual and Summary benefit workpapers called Remote Area Concession? and Remote Area Concession Reduction. Please refer to the Workpaper Column Help for further information on these new fields.


General changes

As with each FBT year, rates and other values are required to be updated. The following changes have been made for the 2022 FBT year:

  • Updated the Car Parking public holidays table with the 2021/22 State/Territory gazetted public holidays;

  • Updated the Statutory Benchmark Interest Rate (4.52%);

  • Updated CPI Indexation factors for Housing;

  • Updated the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) country codes and rates


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