• Cancel your ABN

    If your business circumstances have changed you have a responsibility to consider whether your Australian business number (ABN) needs to be updated or cancelled.

    You should cancel your ABN if your business:

    • has been sold
    • has closed down
    • is no longer operating in Australia or making supplies connected with Australia.

    You may also need to cancel your ABN if your business structure has changed.

    Before you cancel your ABN make sure you have met any lodgment, reporting and payment obligations you have to government agencies you deal with. This could include lodging activity statements and pay as you go (PAYG) withholding reports, repaying a proportion of GST creditsExternal Link you have previously claimed on any business assets/stock you retain, and paying outstanding tax debts.

    Cancelling your ABN will:

    • cancel your registrations for goods and services tax (GST), luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax and fuel tax credits
    • cancel any AUSkeys linked to your ABN.

    If you want to cancel your PAYG withholding, you must cancel it before you cancel your ABN. Cancelling your GST, fuel tax credits or PAYG withholding registrations does not mean you are cancelling your ABN.

    How to cancel

    The fastest way to cancel your ABN is online using AUSkey.

    You can also contact us or lodge a form by mail to cancel your ABN.

    Take note: It is an offence to quote your ABN for any business transactions once it has been cancelled.

    Cancel your ABN
    • Last modified: 01 Oct 2015QC 335