Check your supplier’s ABN



Check your supplier’s ABN


Attention – Business Owners


It is important that every business making a payment should check the validity of their suppliers ABN to ensure:


1. Suppliers have provided a valid ABN that belongs to them.
2. That the supplier is registered for GST and allowed to charge GST.
3. A valid tax invoice has been received from suppliers.


If your supplier provided an invalid ABN on the tax invoice, or is not registered for GST but they have charged it, and you pay it to that supplier, then the ATO position is that you are not allowed to claim back that GST from the ATO. You will be considered to not have received a Valid Tax Invoice.


In case ABN mentioned on the tax invoice is invalid and supplier is not registered for GST, you must not pay GST and deduct ABN Withholding Tax @49% of the Ex GST invoice amount and remit this on the next BAS report and complete an Annual Payment Summary for the payee.


There are increasing reports of the ATO conducting reviews of businesses in the areas of supplier registration and validity of GST claims. Therefore, the Business Owner needs to understand that these are matters that should not be ignored and will be reviewed in an audit, with potential penalties applied by the ATO if GST is incorrectly claimed when the Business Owner knew it shouldn’t have been claimed.


There has been instances where suppliers might provide correct details on the invoice and then subsequently backdate cancellation of their GST registration. This will make your GST credits invalid. It would be a good idea to take a print out of supplier’s ABN details from ABN Lookup showing their ABN and GST status as evidence every time you receive an invoice from your supplier.


Contact Expert Tax on 0449 952 855 or 1300 8 MY TAX (1300 869 829) for further assistance on business and GST related matters.