• Applying for an ABN

    Log into the tax professional's service with your administrator AUSkey to apply for your client's ABN.

    Ensure your client is entitled to an ABN prior to applying.

    Tax professional's services

    To apply you need to be their registered agent and complete a declaration at the end of the application stating you:

    • are authorised to act on their behalf
    • have a written declaration stating the information they've provided to you is true and correct.

    Note: The ABR Dashboard provides current information about ABR availability.

    Processing your application

    Your application will be processed faster if we can identify your client with the information you provide, such as a tax file number.

    If you provide your tax agent number (TAN) during the application, it will be recorded against the ABN.

    A successful application

    If your application is successful:

    • you'll receive your client's 11-digit ABN immediately
    • you can immediately apply for other business registrations, such as GST
    • your client's details will be added to the Australian Business Register (ABR)
    • a confirmation letter will be sent to you within 14 days showing your client's details on the ABR – it's then their responsibility to keep this information up to date.

    If you receive a reference number it may mean that we need to check some details in the application or more information is needed. We aim to review your application within 20 business days and contact you if further information is needed.

    An unsuccessful application

    If your application is unsuccessful, you'll receive a refusal number. You'll also receive a letter within 14 days confirming that your application has been refused, the reasons for the refusal and the options available you, which include your client's review rights.

    It's important to remember that not everyone is entitled to an ABN.

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  • Last modified: 27 Sep 2018QC 388