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The Australian Business Number (ABN) is a single identifier that is used to register for various taxes & concessions. This identifier allows businesses to meet their regulatory obligations and access information and assistance through a single entry point to government.

An ABN is necessary to interact with the ATO on GST, the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme, Luxury Car Tax and Wine Equalisation Tax, and to apply for endorsement as a deductible gift recipient or Income Tax exempt charity. You can also use an ABN to interact with the Australian Tax Office on the PAYG system and Fringe Benefits Tax.

To be entitled to an ABN, you must be:

  • A company registered under Corporations Law in Australia.
  • A Government department or agency. 
  • A Non-Profit sub-entity (for GST purposes).
  • An entity that is carrying on an enterprise in Australia.
  • A superannuation fund.

Please visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website for more information.


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