The Australian Business Register (ABR) maintains the accuracy of business information by conducting Australian business number (ABN) entitlement reviews and automatically cancelling ABNs.
ABR integrity is an important program of work as business information is relied on by government agencies and the wider community.
As part of our ABN review process, we identify and cancel ABNs where we find there is no entitlement to the ABN or the business isn’t operating.
Your business may be selected for review if it:
If an employer has asked you to get an ABN in order to work, it is highly likely you are not entitled to an ABN.
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If your business is selected for review, you will be asked to provide information to confirm your entitlement to an ABN. This information varies from case to case.
To avoid any delays you should:
You will be advised of the review outcome once completed.
Your ABN may be cancelled if:
If your ABN is cancelled or your ABN application is refused, you can object to the decision within 60 days.
You can also re-apply online for an ABN should your circumstances change in the future. If your self-managed super fund ABN has been cancelled, you can call the ATO on 13 10 20 to find out whether it can be reinstated or if you require a new ABN.
It is an offence to quote an ABN that is not your own, or to use your ABN when it is cancelled.