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Australia delays foreign e-Commerce GST to Jul 2018

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  • 16 June 2017 | Richard Asquith

Australia delays foreign e-Commerce GST to Jul 2018

Australia has confirmed that it will delay the imposition of 10% GST on sales of low-value goods to its consumers by non-resident e-Commerce companies.

It had been proposed that the low-value GST-exempt threshold of AUS$1,000 per package be withdrawn.  This would require foreign sellers to GST register if their annual sales were above AUS$75,000 per annum.

However, concerns raised by eBay, Amazon and Alibaba about the readiness of online merchants has meant the bill has been shelved for 1 year.

The delay will not apply to the new requirement for foreign providers of B2C e-Services to charge 10% GST from 1 July 2017.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.