Do you still need your ABN?

It’s important to cancel your ABN when you’re no longer using it so that the Australian Business Register (ABR) has an accurate view of active businesses within Australia. Up-to-date ABR data is important as it’s used by local, state and federal agencies for planning and development, disaster support and other purposes.

As we know not everyone cancels their ABN when their circumstances change, we regularly review inactive ABNs for cancellation, to keep the ABR up to date.

If we identify your ABN for review, we’ll send you or your agent an email, letter or SMS.

If you’re:

  • carrying on a business – use the automated phone service to tell us you still need your ABN
  • no longer in business – you don’t need to do anything. Your ABN will be cancelled.

If we cancel your ABN and you start operating again, don’t worry – you can easily re-apply for an ABN. In most cases, if your business structure hasn’t changed, we’ll register you with the same ABN.

If you’re still using your ABN, you can prevent it from appearing inactive by meeting your obligations for running a business and holding an ABN:

For more information on the ABN cancellation program, see ABR Integrity.

Check our current communication to ABN holders for information on how to confirm the email, letter or SMS is legitimate.

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