Starting a business requires dealing with various administrative processes and legal requirements. One of the important steps in establishing your business identity is registering your business name. However, many entrepreneurs and business owners often wonder whether Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies when registering a business name. This comprehensive guide explores the relationship between GST and business name registration and provides clarity on the topic.

Understanding Business Name Registration

Before we delve into the GST aspects, let us first understand what a business name registration is. Many countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United States, require companies to register their trade names with relevant government authorities. This registration is used to identify and distinguish one company from another, making it easier for customers and regulators to recognize and interact with the company.

Registering a business name typically involves choosing a unique name, ensuring that the name is available, and filing the necessary documents and fees with the appropriate authorities, such as the Department of Commerce or the Corporations and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). This includes filing with relevant government agencies.

Is there GST on business name registration?

GST treatment when registering a business name varies by country. Here are some examples:

1)- Australia: In Australia, as of my last knowledge update in September 2021, Goods and Services Tax (GST) is mostly Applies to products and services. When registering a business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), GST will normally apply to the registration fee. It is important to check current tax laws with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or speak to your tax advisor for the latest information.

2)- Canada: In Canada, certain goods and services, including trade name registrations, may be subject to federal goods and services tax (GST), provincial sales tax (PST), or harmonized sales tax (HST). Tax implications may vary by state. Therefore, we recommend that you contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or a tax professional for information about the specific tax treatment in your area.

3)- United States: There is no federal GST or value added tax (VAT) on business name registrations in the United States. Business name registration fees are typically charged by state or local governments, and tax treatment may vary by jurisdiction. It is important to check with your state’s Registrar of Corporations regarding applicable fees and taxes.


The application of Goods and Services Tax (GST) or other forms of tax to a trade name registration depends on the specific regulatory and tax laws of the country or jurisdiction in which the trade name is registered. It is therefore important to contact your country’s tax authorities or seek advice from a tax advisor who can provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding the tax treatment of business name registration fees in your area.

Please note that tax laws and regulations may change over time. Therefore, it is important to stay up to date with and comply with the latest tax laws when starting and operating a business.