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Xero and SBR

Posted 13 years ago in Xero news by Xero
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Xero prides itself on being the world’s easiest accounting system, and what could be easier than filing your BAS return online with the click of a button? Nothing! And we agree. That’s why we’re working closely with the Australian Taxation Office and the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) facility being launched in July 2010.
The SBR enables companies like Xero to lodge your BAS return (and other standard reports) on your behalf – no more paper forms, no duplicated data entry into other systems. You get to stay in control while Xero does all the heavy lifting for you.
And the timing is great –  at Xero we’re enhancing our own reporting framework to support building Annual (Final) Reports, and making Xero SBR-enabled is a natural extension to this. Expect to see the first SBR-enabled reports later in 2010.
Don’t worry New Zealand – we haven’t forgotten about you. The NZ Inland Revenue Department also has an SBR programme  that is aligning itself with Australia. You’ll get a “Lodge Me!” button for your GST returns too. And in the UK we’re looking at online VAT so you won’t miss out either!


Guy Pearson
October 29, 2010 at 9.57 am

Hi there,

You know we are loving Xero! But this product is still nowhere to be seen and it’s now coming up on 4 months past the suggested launch date in your blog….

What’s the story? When’s the expected launch now?

Shedding some light on this will allow me to pass on to clients and add it as a selling feature for prospective mutual clients!



Ben Wood
October 29, 2010 at 10.11 am

Guys how is this coming along? Would love to have the wages slots on the BAS auto fill from wages data. That is PAYG Withheld data should hit W1, W2 etc.

Andrew Tokeley
October 29, 2010 at 1.18 pm

@Guy/@Ben – we had planned to be ready to deliver SBR integration later this year but unfortunately this now looks unlikely. However, we are still committed to doing something as soon as we can – working hard to get through our current pipeline of work. At this stage, my best guess is Q1/Q2 next year – sorry it’s not better new and that I can’t be more specific.

@Ben – this is certainly something we are considering, no details at the moment unfortunately.

On the topic of Payroll, but be sure to check our Australian partners at http://blog.xero.com/2010/02/aussie-payroll/

Michael Fitzgerald
April 7, 2011 at 7.37 pm

Hi Guys, Any update on rolling this out?
It will be a great feature to save lots of manual paperwork!

Gary Brown
May 23, 2011 at 7.14 pm


We are now in Q1/Q2 an update please!

Andrew Tokeley
June 16, 2011 at 11.53 am

We’ve continued to watch the developments here in Australia around SBR. It’s exciting to see the breadth of reports supported by SBR continuing to grow and it’s clear this is the go forward B2G reporting platform. Given the ever increasing reporting options we’ve decided to de-prioritised our initial plan of developing lodgement for the Activity Statement within Xero itself. We’re also conscious of getting through other new features that are higher on our list of requested features (overpayments, deposits, discounts, report packs to name a few).

To make progress though, our current plan is to expose the Activity Statement report through the API. This will allow a third party (we’re talking to some now) to offer the suite of SBR reporting options while accessing the data that is stored in Xero. This will enable accountants, bookkeepers and businesses to make use of a wider range of the SBR reporting options, some data for which is sourced directly from Xero while other data may be sourced from our network partners, like payroll providers for example.

We appreciate this is a change to our initial thinking but we think the end result will be more powerful and we’re really excited about what this will mean for our customers and partners. Thanks for your patience.

Daniel Foster
November 7, 2012 at 9.07 am

Hi, any update on this? would prefer not to find an add-on to do this.

Andrew Tokeley
November 7, 2012 at 9.20 am

Hi Daniel – no change since my last update I’m afraid.

Tim Daff
February 21, 2013 at 1.21 pm

Hi, Is this happening? The online business portal can be a real pain, this feature would be massive!

April 28, 2013 at 9.19 pm

Hi, Any updates on this?

Oliver Furniss
April 29, 2013 at 4.40 pm

It’s great to see the appetite for this continues and we are busy working behind the scenes making this a reality. BAS lodgement is the number one priority that will enable activity statements to be lodged via our Practice Manager solution and then expanded further with Company Returns and beyond. Getting this right is critical and I look forward to being able to share more news with you in the near future.

July 10, 2013 at 2.03 pm

The ATO SBR website (link in last post) now shows that Xero software is authorised to submit activity statements via SBR functionality, as of 20 June 2013.

Has this feature been enabled in Xero? I can’t see how to do it.

Very excited if it has!

Oliver Furniss
July 10, 2013 at 4.45 pm

@Adam we are certainly authorised to submit business activity statements using SBR and we are supporting this via an Australian Tax module in WorkflowMax Practice Manager as announced in this blog post – http://blog.xero.com/2013/05/australian-tax-is-imminent/.

You have not missed anything and as soon as its available for everyone we will make sure you all know about it. We want to make sure its right, and we deliver the right solution. I know its frustrating but it’s coming soon.

April 29, 2014 at 10.22 pm

The Netherlands is closely following Australia with SBR becoming the norm, has Xero looked at applying Xero to the Dutch agencies?

Peter Kearney
June 12, 2014 at 4.43 pm

Hi Guys

Don’t forget change Xero so that it picks up all, as yet, unreported tax invoices invoices in each return rather than being based upon a date range otherwise its going to be pretty useless to businesses that might choose to enter the supplier invoice date on invoices when they capture… i.e. back-date invoices.


Ed Henry
June 14, 2014 at 1.19 pm

Agree with Peter Kearney. It would be good if the BAS picked up back dated items automatically the same as it does in the NZ IRD 101

Andrew Purdam
July 27, 2015 at 4.24 pm

So, another year has ticked by. Announced in 2010, and here we are in 2015. (sigh)
It shouldn’t take five years to implement a report with … what is it? … XML and AusKey? I’m sure the ATO has provided an API for all their stuff.

C’mon xero! We’re not exactly building a colony on Mars!

June 27, 2017 at 5.57 pm

Is this actually going to happen. Is a glaring gap in this product (that has only become apparent after we have finished setting the thing up and bringing in all our accounts… :-(. Very hard to believe that this seems to have been first mooted in 2010 and remains unresolved…

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