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If you haven't done so already, you should work out which registrations you need.
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You can apply for an Australian business number (ABN), AUSkey and tax registrations, or apply to have an ABN you previously held reissued:
If you already have an ABN and need to add a tax registration, you have to do it a different way. Go to Add or cancel a registration.
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When you apply for an ABN you can also apply for the tax registrations you need. For some registrations, such as fringe benefits tax, we may ask you for more information.
When you receive your ABN, your business is added to the Australian Business Register. Your clients and suppliers can then use ABN lookupExternal Link to verify your ABN, business name and GST status.
If you register online:
Government organisations can't register online. They must order the form ABN registration for companies, partnerships, trusts and other organisations (NAT 2939).
Some applications may require manual processing and may take up to 20 business days. If you want to enquire about the progress of your ABN application, allow 20 business days before contacting us.
You provide the following information when you register for an ABN:
If you're registering as an individual (sole trader), it will speed things up if you provide your personal tax file number (TFN).
If you're registering a company or other incorporated body, you should provide the Australian company number (ACN) or Australian registered body number (ARBN). These are issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
If you need other tax registrations in addition to the ABN, you may need to provide additional information.
When applying for an ABN it's important that the information you provide is true and correct. Making a false or misleading statement to the Australian Business Register may result in a penalty of up to $10,200. Refer to Penalties for false or misleading statements made to the Australian Business RegisterExternal Link .
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