09 November, 2021

ATO app alternatives for Australia

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. If you are looking for an alternative to the ATO app that can automatically track and log your trips then you may want to consider another application. 

The ATO tax 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. 

Why should I use an ATO 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 is not specialised in mileage reimbursement. If you are looking for a mileage tracking app then you should definitely consider an ATO app 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 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.

AU Driversnote app

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 a PDF is 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 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 it, there is no way to replace it. Make sure to back up your physical logbook in some way to make sure you never lose it. 

What is the best ATO 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 another 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 app entirely for free or look for another alternative.