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If you provide all of the required information and it matches the ATO's records, in most case you'll receive your ABN on the same day. If any identities cannot be confirmed due to inaccurate or missing information, the ATO will review the application and may contact you for more information (this can take up to 20 business days).
Your application will have a higher chance of registering if you provide TFN's for officeholders and shareholders, so please do!
Unfortunately, no. Once an ABN has been issued, only the authorised persons listed on the application can make changes on behalf of that ABN.
The ABR website provides information on how to update ABN details.
Unfortunately, no. Only the authorised persons listed on the application can make changes on behalf of that ABN.
The ABR website provides information on how to update ABN details. Alternatively, the authorised representatives can update details by contacting the ATO on 13 28 66 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Where an ABN application is refused, we’re not provided with much information to go on, but will try to work through it with you where we can. If we’re unable to resolve the issue in consultation with you (double checking DOB, spelling etc. of the associates) we will provide you with the reference numbers and refusal information to follow up with the ATO (as is the usual process when applying directly on ABR).
You'll also receive a letter from the Australian Business Register within 14 days confirming that your application has been refused, the reasons for the refusal and the options available to you, which include your review rights.
We are now able to register ABNs for companies and Trust. ABNs for SMSFs will be coming soon!
In the meantime you’ll still need to register directly on the ABR.
Within the ABN application we can also register for any of the following:
All these registrations can be applied for in the ONE company registration form, meaning you don't need to visit any other websites (e.g. ABR, ATO portal) after the company is registered with ASIC.
Once the company has been incorporated with ASIC, we will register the ABN and any other registrations you have requested and provide to you via email.
Not everyone is entitled to an ABN. Read some information about ABN entitlement on the Australian Business Register's website here.
ABNs are not compulsory. There are, however, many benefits to having one. For example, an ABN will help you:
If you are going to register for GST, you will need an ABN.
If you are not sure whether to apply for an ABN for your trust, this ATO video may help. Otherwise, you should seek professional advice.