To embark on your journey, begin by signing up and configuring the option that best fits your needs. (Save this URL as a favourite). 

Other ways to "sign-in"

For effective utilization of LodgeiT, we recommend following our 'Getting Started' Steps outlined below. Investing a few minutes here will establish the amazing foundation for using LodgeiT efficiently.

LodgeiT also provides complimentary weekly training



Step 1. Nominate LodgeiT as your hosted SBR software service

Connect LodgeiT to SBR - Click here for detailed instructions.

After establishing a connection, please revisit Getting Started via the question mark at the top right of the LodgeiT interface.

You'll now observe that your SBR software service has been successfully connected. (button in green checked)

Step 2: Complete your organisation details

You're required to provide organization details, which include information about your firm or organization from your ATO Access Manager. This step is crucial. Failure to complete the organization details will lead to form errors.

General Settings.  (Practice type is used to select tax agent, BAS agent or Business. Tax & BAS agents MUST enter their agent number)

General Contact Details. In this instance, we're entering details for a company, therefore, the signatory must be provided.

General People. Use this section to store contact details of bank managers and other relevant business contacts.

General Tax. Use this section to store the bank account (for ATO refunds) and company type details. For tax agents, adding your bank details here will allow you to default your bank details onto client forms.

General Depreciation. If you plan on using the LodgeiT Depreciation Module be sure to select the correct first date. i.e. if you are completing a return for 30 June 2017, Depreciation Date MUST be 1 July 2016. You can also select here, if you wish to apply SBE depreciation rules and use the General Pool.

General Form Access. If you need to limit access to the forms of this organisation, do so here. (Be sure to have reviewed How to Invite Team Members.)

Now your Organisation Details should be completed and the Getting Started workflow should shows as follows (button in green checked)

Navigate back to Getting Started in order to work on Add related entities.

If you are a business completing a company, trust or partnership tax return, you should also add related entities i.e. directors, beneficiaries & partners.

To add a client, you can either hit the or select Clients.

If you select Clients, you will be presented with the client management module where you can add or archive clients. (Deleting clients is not allowed in LodgeiT)

Note: Use "Client Grouping" to help you monitor your client (ie, family)

If you use or Add, you will be presented with a simple signup panel. If your client already exists in 'QuickBooks Online', you can simply import their details. If not, add the necessary information.

Select Sync client details with accounting system if you are using 'QuickBooks Online Accountant' and want to have the client details in your own 'QuickBooks Online' customer details module in order to bill the client later.

Step 4: Define clients' relationship

Once you've added the client, we suggest that you immediately navigate to Settings > General, Settings > Contact Details and all other Settings tabs in relation to the client and complete the relevant details to avoid form errors.

To navigate, use the Navigator on the top left of the screen. We suggest to use predictive text i.e. simply type the name you are searching for.

Once you've added some clients from a family group i.e. husband & wife, you can move on to define client relationships. This is an important step if you wish for LodgeiT to auto-fill information from husband to wife or from trust to individual as an example.

In this example, we will create a relationship in a company.

Adding a director.

Step 5: Import financials

Once the relationship/s is/are established, you can import financials. (Note - you will need to add all relevant clients before you can define relationships.). Click here to read in details -  import financials

Import financials is relevant to auto-produce company, trust, partnership & Individual tax returns, special purpose financial reports and working papers.

Import dynamically from 'QuickBooks Online', Xero, MYOB Accounting Classic (MYOB Desktop Legacy), Reckon Accounts, Reckon One, and an Excel direct import for client that has no accounting software 

For all other source software import from accounts crafted in Excel, be sure to learn about LodgeiT Smart Excel Utility here.

After establishing connection with your source accounting system (from below example using 'QuickBooks Online' ) , select the financial year that you want to import. If you are importing dynamically, the comparative year will import too.

You can easily make changes in the source accounting system and then re-import/refresh.

Be sure to check the mapping of the imported financials via "Settings > Accounts" . 

Note: Two places to select accounts. One on the "Settings" menu and one on the "Financials"  screen.

Mappings must be as low as possible in the LodgeiT Chart of Accounts. i.e. Current Assets  --> Cash & Cash Equivalents ---> Bank Accounts.  Make sure there are no red triangles by fixing any mappings that are not to the bottom level and by checking all other mappings.

Step 6: Create a new tax return

Click here for a detailed instruction - create a tax return.

Simply select Forms.

Then select the type of form you wish to create.

For instructions on working with any specific tax form or other LodgeiT tool such as "Financial Reports", Working Papers and calculators. Please review our major help topics here.