Step-by-Step Guide to Reactivate ABN: How to Bring Your Business Back to Life

How do I reactivate ABN?

If you have an Australian Business Number (ABN) that has become inactive, you will need to reactivate it if you wish to continue conducting business. The Australian Business Register (ABR) is the authority responsible for managing ABNs, and they have provided a straightforward process for reactivating an inactive ABN.

To reactivate your inactive ABN, you will need to log in to the ABR website. Firstly, ensure that your details on the ABR are up to date. You can update your personal and business details, such as your mailing address, contact number, and email address on the website. Once you have updated your information, you can then reactivate ABN.

To reactivate ABN, you will need to provide information about your business, such as its name, trading name, and ABN. You will also need to provide information about the reason for the inactivity, which can be due to a number of factors, such as not lodging a tax return or not updating your details.

If your ABN has been inactive for less than 12 months, you can reactivate it for free. If it has been inactive for more than 12 months, a fee will apply. The fee amount for reactivating an inactive ABN will vary based on the duration of the inactivity and can be anywhere between $100 and $400.

Once you have submitted your application to reactivate your ABN, it can take up to 20 business days for the ABR to process it. If your application is approved, your ABN will be reactivated and you can continue to use it for your business.

Can I change the activation date of my ABN?

Yes, it is possible to change the activation date of your ABN, but only under certain circumstances. The ABR only allow changes to the activation date in limited situations, such as if the original activation date was entered incorrectly or if the business has not yet commenced operations.

To change the activation date of your ABN, you will need to contact the ABR directly and provide them with the reason for the change. The ABR will review your request and determine whether it meets the eligibility criteria for a change in activation date.

If your request is approved, the ABR will update the activation date of your ABN accordingly. However, it is important to note that changing the activation date of your ABN may have implications for your tax obligations, as it may affect the start date for your reporting and payment requirements.

Seek advice from a tax professional or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) before requesting a change in activation date to ensure that you understand any potential consequences and can meet your tax obligations.

In summary, changing the activation date of your ABN is possible in certain circumstances, but it is important to carefully consider the implications before making the request. Contact the ABR for further information and guidance on the process.

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