I can’t name any names as I’m still hoping I’ll receive the promised refund, but I couldn’t let this go without sounding some kind of a warning. 😦
So here it is. If you want or need an Australian Business Number [ABN], do NOT be fooled by any internet companies that charge for this service.
The only place to get an ABN is the official government website:
Unfortunately this website is not the first one that comes up on an internet search. Chances are, you’ll see something that looks official, but in the fine print you’ll find that the company is actually a tax agent and the fee is for their services, not for the ABN.
I know this because I paid my money despite feeling uneasy. Only afterwards did I look up the real government agency. I rang and asked if there is a fee for reactivating an ABN. They said no…
I haven’t been ‘scammed’ exactly. I’ve been mislead. Don’t let the same thing happen to you. 😦