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You can cancel your Australian business number (ABN) in the following ways:
Before cancelling your ABN, you must ensure that you have met all the lodgment, reporting and payment obligations you have with government agencies you deal with. Your tax obligations may include lodging activity statements and pay as you go withholding (PAYGW) reports, repaying refunds of Goods and services tax (GST) credits and paying outstanding tax debts.
If you want to cancel your PAYG, you must cancel it before you cancel your ABN. Cancelling your GST, fuel tax credits or PAYG withholding registrations does not mean you are cancelling your ABN.
Cancelling your ABN will also cancel:
If you are currently registered for GST, find out more about Leaving the GST system .
When updating your details in the Australian Business
Register (ABR) it is important that the information you provide is true and
Making a false or misleading statement to the Australian
Business Register (ABR) may result in a penalty.
you made a mistake and we consider that you took reasonable care, a penalty
will not apply. The penalty may also be reduced to nil if a
voluntary disclosure is made about the statement before being contacted by the
For more information on the penalty and
voluntary disclosure, refer to Penalties
for false or misleading statements made to the Australian Business Register.
The electronic version of this document is the only authorised version.
Last updated: 07/08/2013
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