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  • Cancel ABN (cease business)

    If you cease business, you need to cancel your ABN. Before doing this, make sure you've met all the lodgment, reporting and payment obligations you have to the government agencies you deal with.

    Your tax obligations may include lodging activity statements and PAYG withholding reports, repaying refunds of GST credits and paying outstanding tax debts.

    Cancelling your ABN will also cancel:

    • the registration of any representative holding an AUSkey for your business (this may prevent you from using some government online services)
    • your registration for GST, luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax and fuel tax credits.

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    Get it done

    You can cancel your ABN:

    • Online at the Australian Business Register  if you have an Administrator AUSkey.
    • By phone: call 13 92 26 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. You must be recorded by us as a person authorised to update details on behalf of the business.
    • By lodging the form Application to cancel registration (NAT 2955 - you'll need this number to order the form).
    • Through your registered tax agent or BAS agent.

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    If you want to register for an ABN, go to Register your new business.


    When updating your details in the Australian Business Register it is important that the information you provide is true and correct. Making a false or misleading statement may result in a penalty of up to $10,200. Refer to Penalties for false or misleading statements made to the Australian Business Register.

    • Last modified: 25 Oct 2013QC 31801