Information and answers to questions regarding the Australian Business Number system and ABNs.

ABN Information

Your Business Start-Up is Built on the ABN

If you are a small-to-medium sized business owner trading in Australia, you’ll already know and understand the importance of the Australian Business Number (ABN). If you are about to venture into business for the first time, however, you may not see the unique 11-digit business identifier as being anything special. Many new business owners make […]

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Why Wholesalers Demand an ABN (Guest Post)

For our featured article this week, we leave the talking to Eddie Wright, an electrical wholesaler from Adelaide who registered an ABN with us in July 2010. As we found out during our phone call recently, Eddie is a bit of a card but he always takes his business seriously. Eddie demands that you take […]

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Why do I need an Australian Business Number?

Although it isn’t compulsory to have your own Australian Business Number (ABN), there are significant financial and commercial reasons for completing an ABN registration. Even something as simple as your credibility suffers without one and there’s no worse feeling in the world that knowing your business isn’t coming across as professionally as it should be. […]

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The Australian Business Number and Other Important Registrations

New business ventures are incredibly exciting for those behind them but amidst the obvious enthusiasm that goes with any start-up, there are always important things to take care of that will ultimately benefit the business and the way that it operates. Registrations are a vital part of starting a new business effectively and there are […]

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Small Business Success and the ABN

Australia has over 2,000,000 small businesses trading throughout its states and territories, constituting a massive 96% of the current trade and industrial marketplace (Source: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education). For many of these small businesses, registering an ABN (Australian Business Number) is the first step towards establishing themselves as credible marketing […]

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Setting Up for GST with an Australian Business Number

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a broad-based form of taxation applied to the majority of goods and services sold in Australia. Applied at a rate of 10%, businesses need an Australian Business Number (ABN) to register for, and accept, GST payments. The ABN is a vital part of the GST system because it also […]

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Getting Customers to Trust Your Business using an ABN

Regular visitors to our site will already be aware of the many business advantages that the simple ABN (Australian Business Number) affords. The special identifier makes it possible to register for business names, GST and Australian domain names whilst it also assists in helping new businesses open bank and credit accounts. One of the things […]

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Finding an ABN for Business Activity Statements

To fulfil obligations to the Australian Tax Office, businesses must submit a Business Activity Statement on a periodical basis containing statistical data on taxes due including PAYGW, PAYGI, WET and LCT. Most businesses already lose too much time wrapped up in administration and if you need to verify ABN, GST and business name information on […]

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Complete Financial Control for Businesses with an ABN

Increase the financial control you have over business affairs by registering an ABNtoday. The Australian Business Number, a vital tool for boosting business credibility, also helps you to manage money more effectively and the identifier gives you immediate access to a wealth of other benefits that many small businesses overlook at their peril. Dealing with […]

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A Tale of Two Businesses with an ABN Twist

In a quiet Australian suburb where hardworking people live together as part of a thriving community, two garage owners in the same area used to be the best of friends. They went to school together, learned their trade together and remained mates throughout all that time. This story tells how the ABN saw one business […]

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A Sixties ABN Story (Guest Post)

Meet Ronan Murray, our guest contributor this week. Ronan wrote us a letter about his experiences with suppliers when he first started out in business. His story is a familiar one that we hear frequently from many customers who use our services to purchase an ABN once they realise how important having an identifier actually […]

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ABN Advice for Young Workers

If you have recently left school, college or university, and if you are venturing into your working life for the first time, it is natural that some aspects of paid employment may leave you feeling confused. Under most circumstances, an employer offers you work, you provide your TFN and you start on a specified date. […]

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ABN Question Time – Dealing with Wholesalers

This week, we spend some time answering some of the many questions we receive about wholesalers and the ABN. This particular topic creates obvious concerns for many Australian businesses but by providing clarity on the most important questions, we assure you that you’ll never need to worry about buying in at trade prices again. Do […]

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Do I need more than One ABN?

If you are currently a business owner, there’s a very good chance that you already have an Australian Business Number (ABN). If you do, it is almost certain that you have benefitted in some way by having it; you may have found that suppliers favour your account applications, customers regard your business seriously and there’s […]

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Helping You Every Day with the Humble ABN

Our ABN registration services have been helping individuals, sole traders, partnerships and companies to secure their unique identifiers and take those early steps into the business world. We are incredibly proud of what we do and this week, we thought it was about time we looked at different ways in which we’ve helped our customers […]

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Hi – I’m the Australian Business Number!

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the Australian Business Number and I’m sure that you’ve already heard of me. I’m not much to look at. In fact, I’m little more than a series of numbers (eleven of them, actually) and on the surface, I can understand why some people fail to understand how important I […]

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My ABN – I Knew it was Important! (Guest Post)

James Mclean, our guest poster this week, didn’t undergo the same voyage of discovery as some of our other contributors. Instead, he entered into business knowing that an ABN registration was a matter of great importance. Today, James explains how he used his identifier to grow his business almost overnight. James McLean – My ABN […]

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Public Checks of ABN Registrations

To ensure Australian consumers can validate the legitimacy of the businesses they use, the government provides a dedicated look-up tool. This handy resource helps individuals and organisations gather key information about businesses. They can access this data with nothing more than an ABN. The ABN, an acronym of Australian Business Number, is a unique eleven-digit […]

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The ABN – Explained with Poetry!

I had an idea for a business and once I thought everything through I went out to see a supplier. He said “I’m not trading with you!” I stood there in total amazement and said “Could you kindly explain why you’re making me feel so unwelcome? If you don’t, I won’t come here again.” He […]

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The ABN – The Case For and Against

Without getting into some complex courtroom situation where big words are thrown around by big people earning big paychecks, this article looks at the case for having an ABN and the case against it. Some businesses owners, particularly individual traders, try to survive without one but even the smallest operation could be missing out on […]

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ABN, GST and BAS – Three Acronyms for Business Compliance

At the turn of the millennium, the Commonwealth Government introduced GST (Goods and Services Tax) as a form of value-added tax to generate revenue on buyer purchases made from registered business entities. The tax is synonymous with the ABN (Australian Business Number) and BAS (Business Activity Statements). Do all of these acronyms confuse you? You […]

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Australia in ABN Crackdown

New business start-ups that deliberately make misleading or false representations on an ABN application run the risk of incurring fines of more than $10,000 after the Australian Tax Office (ATO) was granted additional funding throughout 2013. Cash provided from the Federal Budget represents a major crackdown on entrepreneurs who apply for an ABN using misleading […]

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Cutting the Cost of Hairdressing with an ABN – Alison Forrester (Guest Post)

Hi – I’m Alison and this is the story of how my ABN changed my business forever. My adventures in hairdressing (and there have been plenty of them) started when I was just 15. I had a Saturday job in the salon where my auntie used to work and most of my day was spent […]

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Do I need an ABN to Open an Online Store?

If you plan to sell your latest must-have products on an online store, you will need an ABN (Australian Business Number) to get the most of your new venture. Prior to the advent of the Internet, most businesses built their start-ups on professional experience such as a trade or apprenticeship background. Today, the World Wide […]

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How Many ABNs Does a Business Need?

Growth is a key aspect within any type of business operation and ABNs have an important role to play in your future development. Perhaps the most important need of an Australian Business Number is for registering for GST (Goods and Services Tax) once your annual turnover exceeds $75,000. Any business or company offering taxi services […]

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My ABN and Supplier Relations – Anthony Carroll (Guest Post)

I find it hard to explain exactly what I do for a living to the uninitiated but essentially, I’m a Controls Electrician. My team works at prestigious CBD addresses in Sydney for major companies and corporations installing electrical and air control equipment to create efficient and comfortable office space. It really is much more simple […]

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The ABN and When to Apply PAYGW

One of the major benefits of having an ABN is the access it gives you to suppliers. Most of them, much like your own enterprise, will have an Australian Business Number of their own. To help build trust in the early stages of a trading relationship, they might refer to your identifier through the Australian […]

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The Easy Way to Find ABN Information

Imagine… It’s that time of year again where your business activity statements are due and the long overdue paperwork begins. Many business owners, particularly sole traders, find that the demands of everyday work make it almost impossible to keep track of their accounts on a daily basis. If you can’t find important client details for […]

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The Random Australian Business Number Factsheet

As simple, straightforward and no-nonsense as they come, this factsheet tells you everything you ever need to know about the Australian Business Number (ABN). The ABN has 11 digits and is unique to the business that applies for it Any business type, including sole traders, partnerships and companies, can apply for an ABN Sole traders […]

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Trusting Tradesmen with an ABN

From plumbers and electricians to builders and landscapers; there will always be times where we require the services of professional tradesmen when we don’t have the knowledge, tools or ability to undertake work ourselves. By choosing service providers with an updated ABN registration, you can enjoy using the expertise of genuine professionals who take their […]

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The ABN, GST and Fuel Tax Credits

Register for an ABN and you could benefit from GST and fuel tax credits that help to keep money flowing through your business. In an age where every last dollar that comes into your business counts, you can use your ABN to apply for credits as long as your annual turnover exceeds $75,000 in a […]

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Sustain Your Growth with the Australian Business Number

If your business is as important to you as our business is to us, the chances are that you already have an Australian Business Number in place and understand the benefits that it affords. If you are a new start-up or are in the process of getting a business off the ground, your ABN can […]

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Registering an ABN inside 48 Hours – The Easy Option

If you have ever taken the time to search through government websites to find out about registering an ABN, we can understand why you might already feel confused. The cluttered pages, the impossible navigation and the overload of information are enough to send even the most patient of business owners into a state of despair. […]

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My ABN Registration and How I Started in Business – Guest Blog

Steve Flynn, our guest blog writer for this week, was one of the first ever customers to use our ABN registration services. When we approached him on producing an article about his experiences, Steve immediately set to work and said that it wasn’t actually our services that brought him to us, but the amount of […]

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How the ABN Worked for my Business – Guest Blog

Paul Bailey contacted our team just over two years ago to order his Australian Business Number. A hardworking sole trader, Paul runs his own car detailing business and owns a well-known workshop in the Sydney suburbs. This week, another satisfied customer reveals how their ABN helped their business to grow. I was too Busy to […]

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Does Your Home-Based Business need an ABN?

Are you a budding entrepreneur earning an income from a home-based business? If you are, consider registering for an ABN today and discover a completely new world of important business benefits to help your operation grow. Whether you work in a dedicated home office, online or at the kitchen table, the Australian Business Number can […]

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Australian Business Numbers Secure Great Domain Names

Consumers and businesses lend more credibility to other organisations with their own websites and the .au suffix is a country code top-level domain that is restricted to sole traders, partnerships and companies resident in Australia. These particular domains are administrated by the Australian Domain Name Authority for holders of Australian Business Numbers. To register for […]

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Applying for an ABN – The Business Start-Up Essentials

Boost your credibility, increase trust and give your business the start-up it deserves by applying for an ABNtoday. The ABN, commonly referred to as the Australian Business Number, is a unique identification issued to businesses to assist with taxation and to generate easier communication when dealing with Australian Tax Office (ATO). Many business owners applying […]

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ABN Registration and Business Name Registration – The Same Thing?

 New business owners can be forgiven for misunderstanding the complexities surrounding ABN registration and business name registration. Many mistakenly believe that they are one and the same thing but this is wholly incorrect. Both are entirely different registrations designed to do completely different things as our following article explains. The ABN Registration Business owners must […]

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ABN Mythbusters

 This week, we seek to expose some of the common myths surrounding the humble Australian Business Number. The unique identifier, often misunderstood by new business owners, delivers a wide range of positive operational advantages that can help your enterprise to thrive. By unveiling the truth behind the myths, you can apply for your ABN in […]

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A Businessman’s Perspective of the Australian Business Number

My name is Kevin Bailey and I am a sole trader providing property maintenance services in the Adelaide area. My business is reasonably successful, which is no small thing during these difficult economic times. I manage my business carefully and take advantage of all the breaks that I can. The best of those breaks come […]

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Peter and Paul – A Retrospective View of the ABN

Peter and Paul are small business owners trading in New South Wales. Both are sole traders providing manual services to their customers. Peter is a car mechanic with many years of experience. Paul is a newly qualified electrician who is venturing out into business for the first time. Considering his vast trade experience, Peter’s business […]

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Getting to Grips with the ABN

If the days preceding your business start-up seem to be a never-ending chain of communications with suppliers, prospects and your bank manager, applying for an Australian Business Number may well be low down on your list of priorities. However, your ABN registration is every bit as important as all of the other requirements that surround […]

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Weird and Wonderful Australian Business Number Facts

The Australian Business Number is a trading necessity that legitimises your operational status. The unique identifier is particularly useful when dealing with governmental departments and agencies but even some holders of an ABN remain blissfully unaware of the weird and wonderful facts and advantages behind them. Entitlement to an Australian Business Number Sole traders, partnerships […]

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Using the ABN Entitlement Tool

The ABN Entitlement Tool is a resource available on the ATO website that helps to determine whether you qualify for an Australian Business Number. It is simple to use and provides an indication of whether you ABN application will be successful or not. In this article, we complete a walkthrough of the tool on your […]

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Understanding the Australian Business Number Format

The Australian Business Number, frequently referred to as the ABN, has grown into a vital operational element that allows businesses to interact and liaise readily with local authority and governmental departments. In addition to providing a wealth of trading benefits, the ABN helps businesses to reclaim taxes paid on goods purchased for the intention of […]

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The Fast Track ABN and ACN Informational Guide

Understanding how an ABN or ACN can work for your business provides numerous benefits to make your operation more attractive to customers, suppliers and B2B partners. Our latest informational guide explains the differences between both identifiers and lists all of the key benefits associated with owning them. The Australian Business Number (ABN) The Australian Business […]

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My Australian Business Number – A Customer Interview

We could sit here forever telling you about the benefits of having your own Australian Business Number but the greatest testaments to our services come from the thousands of delighted customers who have used us to claim their own unique 11-digit identifier. Last year, Doug Alexander acquired his ABN using our website and this was […]

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Do I need an ABN to Trade with Business Wholesalers?

One of the more frequent questions we receive at our offices stems from retailing start-ups that need to buy in wholesale products from Australian suppliers. Many wish to know how important the Australian Business Number (ABN) is when it comes to purchasing products at cost price while others are simply concerned about the best ways […]

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Lose Money and Credibility without an Australian Business Number

Although there are no mandatory obligations for businesses to have their own Australian Business Number (ABN), trying to trade without one is a little like driving a car over long distances without enough gas in the tank. There is only so much mileage that a business gains from avoiding an ABN registration and the best […]

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Your ABN Registration and your Business Name

In many ways, your ABN registration and your business name are inextricably linked. Although there is no mandatory requirement for any business to have an Australian Business Number, operational entities must have an ABN (or be in the process of applying for one) before a business name can be registered. If you have already completed […]

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Working as a Contractor and your ABN Registration

Although the term ‘contractor’ can be used in any type of profession where work is carried out on a self-employed basis, it is often utilised in reference to an area where skilled trades are applied. Electricians, builders and carpenters are all recognised contractors and if you are considering working in any of these areas yourself, […]

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Obtaining an ABN Registration

Essentially, there are two different ways of obtaining an ABN registration. Many business owners with limited funds at the time of a business start-up choose to complete the registration themselves using Government resources that are notoriously difficult to navigate. Indeed, many business owners claim that obtaining an ABN registration for free actually ends up costing […]

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Get an ABN Number without the Hassle

If you need to get an ABN number and don’t really know where to start, there are two basic avenues to consider. The first choice is to apply for your number, free of charge, through the relevant Government website. As an alternative, you can get an ABN number by submitting an application with an ABN […]

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Get an ABN Number Online and Enjoy Additional Benefits

Get an ABN number online and you stand to receive a series of benefits that can put your business in great shape for the future and save yourself money over the longer-term. Many business owners choose to apply for an ABN directly through the Australian Tax Office but if you choose to get an ABN […]

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Better Trade Prices When you Get an ABN Number

If you want to guarantee preferential trade terms from suppliers, you will usually need to get an ABN number before you can purchase stock items. Wholesalers and suppliers rarely trust unknown retailers and to protect their relationships with existing customers, they will frequently refuse to do business with you until you get an ABN number […]

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Applying for an ABN online

When applying for an ABN online, the sheer volume of different resources on the subject makes finding the right alternative a frustrating and unnecessarily difficult affair. Should you look toward Government websites where the information is patchy and liberally scattered around? Will you be better off applying for an ABN through a third-party service provider? […]

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ABN Registration and Starting a Business

Start a business and you will undoubtedly be caught up in the excitement of bringing your concepts, ideas and dreams to life. Building your business has never been easier thanks to easier ABN registration. Whenever your business needs to deal with the Australian Tax Office or other government departments, your ABN will prove to be […]

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ABN Registration Advice for Actors

If life in the spotlight is simply a day-to-day part of your profession as an actor, working without an ABN registration could turn up the heat and cause problems when you invoice for your work or deal with the Australian Tax Office whenever returns are due. In effect, actors work as freelancers in much the […]

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Your Small Business and the ABN

Starting out in business can be an exciting time but there are many different things to consider including the registration of your business name, setting up your business plan and applying for your unique Australian Business Number (ABN). For small business owners, time will often seem limited and there will rarely be enough hours in […]

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Understanding the Principles of the Australian Business Number

Your Australian Business Number says more about your business than you might initially think. If you are going to deal with governmental bodies, local authorities or other businesses, your ABN is an essential business acquisition that will save you time, money and mountains of inconvenience. When registering for an Australian Business Number, the Australian Tax […]

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The Australian Business Register and your ABN

Your business may have many reasons for wishing to apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number). You will need an ABN if you wish to register for Goods and Service Tax (GST) when your business generates a turnover of $75,000 or more each year. You will also need an ABN if you wish to claim […]

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Australian Business Number Secrets Everybody Should Know

If you really thought that registering an Australian Business Number was little more than a token administration exercise, you might be wondering why your business isn’t doing quite as well as it should be. Your ABN application is not a paperwork exercise or a way to fill blank spaces on your business invoices. In reality, […]

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The Australian Business Number and your Online Business

An increasing number of Australians are venturing into the world of entrepreneurship by starting their own online businesses and the Australian Business Number is a vital consideration for all budding Internet millionaires. Although you may be trading on an international basis, you will still have an obligation to meet your Goods and Services Tax requirements […]

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The Australian Business Number and the Music Industry

If your music career has developed beyond strumming tennis racquets in front of a bedroom mirror or jamming in the basement with your friends, it might be worth considering what an Australian Business Number can do for you. The Australian Business Number (ABN) is a unique eleven-digit reference number that identifies a business to the […]

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ABN Registration and your Foothold in the Music Industry

If you are an aspiring musician, it might be worth holding back on those dreams of playing your axe in front of an adoring army of fans and spend some time concentrating on your business model instead. One of your major considerations should be a swift ABN registration to help ensure you receive all of […]

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Sport and Australian Business Numbers

For some Australians, the subjects of sport and Australian Business Numbers couldn’t be any further apart. Whether we play for fun or use our spare time to follow a favourite team, sport tends to be a world of recreational pleasure while business has a distinctly serious edge that fills our working hours, but rarely intrudes […]

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Register an Australian Business Number

Register an Australian Business Number today with the ABN registration service that Australians trust. As a business owner, we understand that you could be putting your time to better use. That’s why we employ the skills of accountants, legal specialists and business registration experts to take care of Australian Business Number registrations on your behalf. […]

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Register an ABN Today to Reap the Benefits for your Business

Are you about to register an ABN for the first time? Your Australian Business Number is one of the most important acquisitions for any new business start up and without it, any potential you have within your chosen commercial arena will be seriously limited. Register an ABN today, and the benefits just keep on coming! […]

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Reaping the Benefits of an Australian Business Number

With so many different challenges facing businesses today, there has probably never been a better time to reap the benefits associated with registering an Australian Business Number (ABN).  As well has helping you to recoup money lost to Goods and Services Tax, your unique Australian Business Number will help you to trade more easily with […]

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PAYG Withholding Taxes and the Australian Business Number

One of the principle reasons behind the acquisition of an Australian Business Number is the avoidance of PAYG (pay-as-you-go) withholding taxes. If your business invoices another organisation or entity without displaying a valid Australian Business Number on the documentation, the ABN rule is applied and 46.5% of the total invoice value must be kept back […]

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No Australian Business Number Ruins your Online Brand

Market your business without an Australian Business Number in place, and you may end up destroying your brand. Your brand gives customers a certain perception about the way you do business and the more your target audience can identify with your brand, the greater the likelihood of increasing your sales potential. Unfortunately, many businesses spend […]

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Internet Entrepreneurs and the Australian Business Number

If you are looking to make a killing from the global explosion of the Internet, an Australian Business Number is going to be a vital weapon in your online arsenal. Marketing online opens up a bottomless marketplace where millions can be earned, and setting up your business model as a professional entity will help you […]

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Getting the Best from an Australian Business Number

Never make the mistake of believing that your Australian Business Number is little more than a business start-up necessity. In truth, your ABN represents the gateway to a series of key business advantages and everybody should be making the most of it. Use it wisely, and your Australian Business Number will serve you well for […]

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Get an Australian Business Number to Trade with Wholesalers

We specialise in servicing a wide range of Australian businesses and amongst our skills, our experienced team of experts are able to secure an Australian Business Number on your behalf. Our extensive client base boasts a large number of Australian wholesalers who have used our ABN registration services during their business start-ups. We are frequently […]

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Do Fellow Australians Trust your Website?

If the advantages of registering an Australian Business Number haven’t sunk in yet, maybe you should consider the implications of running an online business without one. Let’s take a look at your existing sites. Are you getting strong levels of traffic? Do your sales pages convert? Are you managing to secure a decent percentage share […]

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Buy in at the Right Price with an Australian Business Number

Your Australian Business Number is so much more than a link to the Australian Tax Office. If you expect other businesses to take your operation seriously, your ABN will serve as a hallmark of trust and help to put you in touch with equally credible suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. In turn, an Australian Business Number […]

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Australian Business Number Essentials

Although an Australian Business Number isn’t mandatory, there are many good reasons why you should consider making a registration. Obtaining an Australian Business Number not only confirms the fact that your start-up is now official, but other businesses will begin to take you seriously as well. One of the key reasons behind registering for an […]

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Understanding the Principles of the Australian Business Number

Your Australian Business Number says more about your business than you might initially think. If you are going to deal with governmental bodies, local authorities or other businesses, your ABN is an essential business acquisition that will save you time, money and mountains of inconvenience. When registering for an Australian Business Number, the Australian Tax […]

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ATO Considerations for an Australian Business Number

Applying for an Australian Business Number couldn’t be easier with our designated ABN registration service. Our expert team of legal experts, accountants and business start-up specialists have been there many times before and are usually able to secure your ABN within a single working day. Your Australian Business Number is issued by the Australian Tax […]

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Am I Entitled to an Australian Business Number?

There is no doubt whatsoever that your Australian Business Number will be an integral part of your new business start-up. Without a proven record of accomplishment in your chosen field, other business will need time to build levels of trust before they will deal with you on a regular basis. By registering for an Australian […]

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What is an ABN?

The Australian Business Number (often referred to as ‘ABN’) is a number issued by the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Business Register. The number always has eleven digits. The principle of the number is to allow easy identification and interaction between business and government. While it is not essential to have an ABN most businesses in […]

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Who qualifies to get an ABN?

ABN numbers are not automatically issued by the Australian Government. To get an Australian Business Number you must be eligible for an ABN. It is for this reason many Australians use specialist tax agents to assist in understanding the eligibility criteria. If you are an employee or your activities are considered a ‘hobby’ you are […]

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History of ABN

The ABN was introduced in July 2000 as part of the Goods and Services Tax legislation introduced into Australia. Called a ‘New Tax System’ the Prime Minister at the time was John Winston Howard. It commenced 1 July 2000 and was part of a wide range of tax changes that took place at the time. […]

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What do ABN numbers mean?

An 11 digit ABN number gives your business a unique numerical identity. The first two digits of an ABN number relate to the type of business entity you operate. For companies the first two numbers are placed before your company’s nine digit Australian Company Number or ‘ACN’ (issued by ASIC). In the case of sole […]

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Can you operate as a sole trader, partnership or company without an ABN?

Depending on your circumstances the answer is yes and no. YES – If your turnover is less than $75,000 per year getting an ABN is voluntary. However, there are many benefits to having an ABN, including tax implications, and most Australian businesses get an ABN. Quite simply, if you are eligible for an ABN it […]

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How do I apply for an ABN

ABN application procedures There are several ways to apply for an ABN: By completing a paper-based form: Forms are available from https://business.iorder.com.au/bLogin.aspx Via the Australian Business Register Via a Registered Tax Agent service Benefits of a Tax Agent service Registered Tax Agents understand the process of securing an ABN and have a specific channel to […]

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ABN numbers and Australian domain names

For many Australians starting a business, a key element of business start up is to buy an Australian domain name (often called a URL). Your domain name (such as www.BusinessName.com.au) is your website address and it comprises part of your online brand. Nowadays, a web address is an important part of many businesses identity and […]

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ABN for Domain Name

An ABN is vital to secure an Australian domain name (URL). For further information on this subject visit the link ABN numbers and Australian domain names.  

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Where should I use my ABN

Locations to utilise an ABN It is highly recommended you put your ABN on all invoices, receipts and other documents related to any financial transactions your business undertakes. We also suggest your ABN is placed on your website, in email signatures, on letterhead and business cards as this confirms to other Australian businesses and organisations […]

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ABN for musicians, ABN for bands, ABN for singers

As a professional musician, band or singer the ATO classifies you as a professional artist. Securing an ABN as a musician, band or singer is covered in our link Am I eligible for an ABN as a professional artist?      

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Am I eligible for an ABN as a professional artist?

If you are a professional artist such as an actor, writer, musician or model there are eligibility tests to pass before you will be able to secure an ABN. First and foremost you must be a professional artist (compared to an amateur artist). So what is the difference? The difference lies in your intent. Is […]

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I am a apprentice, trade assistant or a labourer. Can I get an ABN?

Sorry, the answer is no. According to the Australian Taxation Office, if you are an apprentice, trades assistant or a labourer you must work under the direction, control and supervision of your employer to learn your trade. As a result, you are considered employees for Commonwealth tax and superannuation purposes and are therefore not eligible […]

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Can I get an ABN due to my sports activities?

To be eligible for an ABN as a sportsperson your sporting activities must be in the form of a business. To demonstrate that you are carrying on a business as a professional sportsperson main indicators generally include: Receiving regular income that is a direct result of your sporting skills Participating in sporting events to make […]

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Difference between an Australian Business Number (ABN) and a Business Name

This is the source of great confusion. If you are looking to trade in a business using a different name than your own you may be required to secure the Business Name for the business in addition to securing an ABN. Many people secure the business name after they get their ABN. Business names are […]

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Difference between an ABN and an ACN

New business owners continue to get confused over the difference between an Australian Business Number (ABN) and an Australian Company Number (ACN). The two unique identification numbers are actually issued by separate Government bodies. The Australian Company Number (ACN) is issued by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) when new companies are formed, and […]

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Cancelling an ABN

If you elect to close a business you are required to cancel the ABN associated with this business. Before doing this it is important to make sure you have completed all the lodgment, reporting and payment obligations you have to all relevant government agencies. For further information contact the Australian Tax Office.

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ABN Legislation and Regulations

For those interested in learning more about the Australian Business Number and in particular the regulatory structure the following information is a direct extract from A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999, the legal act passed by the Federal Parliament implementing the new system. Note that as this is a direct copy of […]

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