The ATO has brought in an automated cancellation notification service for potentially inactive Australian Business Numbers.

If you haven’t had any business activity or are behind in getting your activity statements lodged, the ATO will review your Australian Business Number and send a message asking you or your registered agent to confirm if the ABN is still required.

If your business has reduced or paused activity, you still need to lodge an activity statement, even if the amount reported is little or nil.

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When does your ABN being cancelled?

If your business has stopped trading, the Australian Business Number should be cancelled. If the ATO contacts you or your agent, you don’t need to do anything – the ATO will cancel the ABN.

If your Australian Business Number has been automatically cancelled in error and you plan to continue the business activity, you’ll need to reactivate the ABN.

It’s good to review your Australian Business Number details annually to make sure your contact details are up to date so that you receive the ATO’s Australian Business Number cancellation notifications before they act.

It’s important to have the correct address, phone, email, and authorised contact details because government emergency services use this data to contact people during natural disasters.

How to check or update your Australian Business Number details?

Call us at 1300 844 678 or send us an email at [email protected] if you’d like like us to check or update your ABN details on the Australian Business Register or reactivate a cancelled ABN.

Questions or other enquiries, feel free to submit a form to us here.