Digital signatures on the way, according to ATOThe Australian Tax Office plans to issue 137,000 Digital Signature Certificates to businesses by the middle of the month and 200,000 by the end of September.
The issue is part of the Tax Office's Australian Business Number rollout. Tax Commissioner Michael Carmody said the Tax Office's Certification Authority had already started distributing Digital Signature Certificates to businesses. The certificates underpin the security of the ATO's Internet Lodgement of GST Business Activity Statements. Notifications are also being distributed by Australia Post with the Personal Identification Code which is needed to access and decrypt individualised certificates. www.taxreform.ato.gov.auExpansion into NZ through music for ehyouAustralian company ehyou.com is planning to expand into New Zealand, following its acquisition of Internet domain name MP3.co.nz. The company also plans to expand into the UK through the acquisition of MP3.co.uk. Revenues from its international markets are expected to come from advertising, sponsorship and the sale of music and MP3 players. When the MP3.co.nz domain name is launched by ehyou.com, the company says it will be the first music service provider in New Zealand. The Australian site features musicians, free downloads of music tracks, and sells music and MP3 hardware such as personal stereos and in-car players. ehyou.com chief executive officer Domenic Carosa said the company expects to build significant revenues overseas through the sale of goods and services to targeted audiences. www.ehyou.comRetailing allianceBP Australia and wishlist.com.au have formed an online and convenience retailing alliance. As part of the alliance, BP is to take a 5-16 per cent equity position in wish.com.au. The equity will be earnt through the dot-com having exclusive access to BP's physical network for pickup, return and payments of wish.com.au packages; use of BP service stations to display the wish.list.com.au brand; and joint marketing and customer acquisition initiatives. The service will be available to customers in August. Huy Truong, CEO of wishlist.com.au, said the partnership would allow it to control the whole fulfilment process. He said Australian customers had embraced purchasing online but controlling delivery had been a challenge for the e-tailing industry.