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Steps for setting up your business

Find out the 5 key steps for setting up your business including deciding on business type and structure, registering your business name, applying for an ABN and understanding taxation and finance.

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Tax registrations

There are a number of taxes that you may be required to register for depending on the size and main activities of your business. When you registered for an ABN you may have also registered for some other taxes (such as GST). It’s important to check that you have all the right registrations in place. You may need to add or cancel registrations as your business grows and changes.

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Cancel your business name and ABN

If your business name is no longer required when selling, closing or changing your business, you'll need to tell the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

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Register your company

You'll need to register as a company if you decide it's the best structure for your business. It has different legal, financial and record keeping responsibilities than other structures. Find out how to register a company, get an ACN and apply for a company name.

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What taxes do I need to register for?

The taxes you must register for depend on the type of business you’re starting. Some tax registrations apply to all businesses and others may be compulsory depending on your business’ size and type.

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Register a website name

Your domain name is your website address on the internet and gives you an online identity or brand. Find out how to register a domain name for your business.

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Tax file number

A TFN is a unique number issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to individuals and organisations to help manage tax and other government services. The type of TFN that you need however, can depend on your business structure.