If your business circumstances have changed, you should think about whether your Australian business number (ABN) needs to be updated or cancelled.
You should cancel your ABN if your business:
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 with any government agencies you deal with.
This could include:
Cancelling your ABN will:
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.
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.
Note: It is an offence to quote your ABN for any business transactions once it has been cancelled.
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