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New Zealand GST price rises e-services

  • Oct 4, 2016 | Richard Asquith

New Zealand GST price rises e-services

From 1 October 2016, non-resident providers of e-services to consumers resident in New Zealand are required to charge GST at 15%.

An immediate outcome is a rise in the prices of these types of services, which includes fees for: streaming films, TV, music and games; e-books; membership to online clubs; software; and apps.  Netflix, for example, has been reported as raising its monthly prices from NZ$ 12.99 to NZ$ 14.99 this week.

This change brings the country into line with the EU, South Korea, Japan and South Africa.


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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 can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 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.