The Australian Taxation Place of work is established to combine a new API gateway into its e-commerce system to improve how digital providers are consumed by its tax and tremendous clients.

Much more than eighteen months following it went browsing for a substitute e-commerce system, the countrywide revenue collection agency has settled on the to start with of two underpinning elements.

The agency struck a 3-calendar year offer with Sydney-centered digital products growth agency Terem Technologies final month to produce digital providers gateway (DSG) providers.

The firm, whose former clients incorporate Qantas, Company NSW, IAG and MYOB, specialises in making customized software, website and cell applications, according to its website.

An ATO spokesperson told iTnews that the $6.7 million agreement will involve “the supply of an API gateway, an administration portal and a developer portal”.

In accordance to the authentic tender, the DSG will “fulfil the full daily life-cycle management for APIs” by managing “exchange[s] with the around-authentic-time providers of these back again-finish systems”.

The ATO claimed this would allow clients to “interact and take in fast, compact and details pushed services” as a result of their software.

But it is now not distinct whether the ATO will move forward with the next component of the proposed new e-commerce system or increase the current six-calendar year-outdated system.

The current system works by using equipment to equipment variety messaging to interact with taxpayers, tremendous cash and other nominated intermediaries like tax professionals.

It sits guiding a number of digital providers this sort of as revenue tax and employer obligations as a result of programs like one touch payroll.

“The DSG will be integrated with an enhancement of the current system,” a spokesperson claimed.

“It is not a substitute as per the authentic prerequisite of backwards compatibility with current systems and styles.”

As aspect of the December 2018 ask for for facts, the ATO also went hunting for a digital reporting channel (DRC) to turn out to be the agency’s long term messaging system.

Collectively, the DSG and DRC were being meant to guarantee the ATO could fulfill the aim of its digital providers modernisation program.

The program aims to accommodate rising demand from customers for its digital providers by guaranteeing systems are minimal-touch and centred all over “digital activities as a result of user’s purely natural systems”.

APIs, for occasion, were being predicted to increase from 70 in 2014 to much more than 600 by 2020, according to the RFI paperwork.

The ATO was also, even so, open to modernising its six-calendar year-outdated e-commerce system to produce digital providers, messaging specifications and other capabilities “on a a great deal much larger scale”.

The spokesperson claimed the “technical implementation of DRC will be determined if and when the ATO decides to move forward with it”.

The agency is also yet to determine how the DSG will be hosted.