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ABN registration

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Hi

Can a sole trader use their spouse's ABN, but register the business name in the alternative spouse's name, i.e. so the ABN is in husband's name, and the business name is registered in the wife's name?

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  • # 114397

NHolmes said:

Hi

Can a sole trader use their spouse's ABN, but register the business name in the alternative spouse's name, i.e. so the ABN is in husband's name, and the business name is registered in the wife's name?


Generally for an Individual ABN registration the individual may trade under their full personal name OR register a business name, however conditions apply.  Refer this link for more information:

https://abr.gov.au/ABRWeb/Apply/Abn/EntitlementAssessment.aspx?Task=bda10709-6ec5-4ba7-9f0f-5132effd9fdc&NavGraph=ApplyForAbn&View=EntitlementAssessment&Target=AbnApply&pid=71&js=1

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  • # 114427

HI

 

The ABN needs to relate to the business entity so if both are registered then the husbands business needs to be operating under his ABN not the wifes.

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