10 July 2017
If you’re selling, closing or restructuring your business, you need to start thinking about cancelling your Australian business number (ABN) or updating your details. Cancelling your ABN will:
Before you cancel your ABN make sure you have met all your lodgment, reporting and payment obligations. This includes deleting your pay as you go withholding registration and may involve lodging outstanding tax returns, paying outstanding tax debts or finalising your business activity statement.
If you don't cancel your ABN, you may continue to be contacted by us or other government bodies about your business.
You may also need to cancel your ABN if your business structure changes. For example if the business is moving from a sole trader to a partnership, you will need to cancel your ABN and apply for a new one. However, if you restart your business in the future getting your ABN back is easy, just reapply online.
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