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  • ABN intent to cancel program

    We're reviewing Australian business numbers (ABNs) to identify potentially inactive ABNs for cancellation. We've made improvements to the ABN cancellation program by introducing a new automated process which allows you to confirm if your ABN is still required via a secure voice response system.

    Your ABN may be selected if you have not reported business activity in your tax return, or there are no signs of business activity in other lodgments or third-party information.

    It's important to remember that any income earned under your ABN needs to be reported in your tax return, regardless of the amount. By keeping your tax obligations up to date we can see you are actively undertaking a business, and therefore your ABN should not be cancelled.

    If:

    • Your ABN is identified for cancellation you may be contacted and advised what actions you need to take to prevent your ABN from being cancelled.
    • You are no longer in business, no action is required to be taken.
    • Your ABN has been cancelled and are still entitled to one, you will need to re-apply to reactivateExternal Link it.

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    Last modified: 04 Nov 2021QC 67255