Inactive Trusts – ABNs to be cancelled
The ATO has advised that they will begin cancelling the ABNs of approximately 220,000 trusts, where there is evidence those trusts are no longer carrying on an enterprise.
Trust ABNs will be cancelled from February, where information available indicates that, for the last two years, the trust has not lodged BASs and/or trust income tax returns.
The ATO will send a letter if an ABN has been cancelled, including the reason for the cancellation, and a phone number to ring to get the ABN reinstated immediately if the recipient does not agree with the decision.
If you receive such a letter and think the trust should still be entitled to an ABN, let us know and we’ll try and sort it out for you. Please also let us know if there are any outstanding BASs or returns you need us to lodge!