Applying for an ABN? New Entitlemnt Test

There have been some changes made to the process for individuals (or their representatives) when they apply for an ABN.

An entitlement test must be passed before an ABN is issued.

The registration process has been changed to ensure that only those individuals who are in business and who are legally entitled receive an ABN.

This change means individuals (or their representatives):

  • will need to answer a short series of questions to confirm their entitlement to an ABN
  • can withdraw their application if they are assessed as not being entitled to an ABN
  • may have their ABN registration refused if they decide to proceed with their application despite being assessed as 'not eligible'
  • may, in some cases, have their application referred to Australian Business Register (ABR) staff who may request more information to determine their entitlement to an ABN.

All clients who are refused an ABN will receive written confirmation of the decision.

(source ATO)

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