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ATO logbook app alternatives for Australia
07 June, 2022 - 2 min read

ATO logbook app alternatives

Some of you may know that there is an official ATO app that you can use to log your mileage. The ATO app is pretty comprehensive, but it does not offer automatic logging of your driving. If you are looking for an alternative to the ATO logbook app that can automatically track and log your trips then you may want to consider another application. Mileage tracker apps are becoming increasingly popular and there are numerous options you can choose from.

The ATO logbook app

The ATO app is a quick and easy way to access and manage your tax and super accounts while on the go. The ATO app is available for free download and use. You can use the app on Android or iPhone. 

The app can help you organise your data for your tax returns such as your receipts and your trips. It also allows you to follow the progress of your tax return, view the outcome and email the data to yourself or your tax agent. However, if you are looking for automatic mileage tracking then you may want to consider an ATO app alternative. 

Should you use a log book app alternative?

It is likely that the ATO app may offer everything you need. You should consider an alternative if any of the following apply to you:

  • You find it time-consuming to log trips manually
  • You may sometimes forget to log a trip
  • The ATO app is not working for you
  • You need a solution for your team 
  • You don’t want to link your MyGov account to the app
  • You need a specialised app for tracking mileage and not general tax
  • You simply don’t like the ATO app 

The ATO app offers a variety of options for you to keep track of your tax returns but it is not specialised in mileage tracking. If you are looking for a mileage tracking app then you should definitely consider an ATO app alternative.

What are the best log book apps for Australia? 

There are a lot of different tax apps you can use for your mileage tracking and logging needs in Australia. To find the best vehicle log book app there is a number of criteria you need to look out for such as compliance with the ATO and tracking options.

What is the best ATO logbook app alternative?

That is for you to decide depending on your preferences. If you are looking for something that will provide automatic tracking and allow you to spend less time logging trips, then an automatic log book app is the right solution for you.

If you don’t travel as much and need to log trips rarely, then a spreadsheet or even a physical logbook may work just fine for you. We encourage you to try out a couple of different alternatives before choosing the one that suits you best. 

There are many ways out there to track your mileage. You can try the Driversnote vehicle log book app entirely for free or look for another alternative.

The Driversnote App

The Driversnote app serves as a mileage tracker, odometer app, logbook and more. It is a mileage tracking app that is made specifically for tracking mileage reimbursement. You can try the vehicle log book app for free and see if it is the right fit for you, if not you can explore some of the other alternatives described below.

The Driversnote app offers:

  • Tracking and auto-tracking
  • Classifying
  • Reporting
  • Auto tracking with a device
  • Odometer log
  • Customisation of trips

Automatic tracking could help you achieve maximum mileage tax returns as you will never forget to log any trips.

An Excel, Spreadsheet or PDF

When it comes to mileage logging, it can actually sometimes be as simple as using an Excel sheet as an ATO app alternative. The pros of using an excel, spreadsheet or PDF are that they are often free and they are quite simple to use. The con of using them is that those methods are often very time consuming and could result in you missing out on getting reimbursement or tax deduction if you forget to log some trips.

A physical logbook 

The oldest ATO app alternative of them all is the physical logbook. Buying a physical log shouldn’t cost you more than 5$-10$ and is quite easy to use. However, physical logbooks require quite a lot of manual work and if you lose them, there is no way to replace them. Make sure to back up your physical logbook in some way to make sure you never lose it.

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