• Identify your accounting basis

    The amounts you report on your activity statement will depend on the accounting basis you have chosen to use (or are required or allowed to use).

    Accounting on a cash basis

    If you account for GST using a cash basis, you must include your amounts of GST, GST credits, sales, purchases and importations in that reporting period on your activity statement. You report the amounts you received or provided payment for in relation to those amounts in that reporting period.

    These may not be the full amount of the sale or purchase price.

    Special rules apply in some circumstances.

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    Accounting on a non-cash basis (accruals)

    If you are using a non-cash (accruals) basis of accounting for GST, you must include amounts of GST, GST credits, sales, purchases and importations in the earlier reporting period in which you have:

    • received or provided any of the payment in relation to those amounts
    • issued or have been issued with an invoice in relation to those amounts.

    Special rules apply in some circumstances.

    You claim GST credits on importations in the same reporting period that you pay the GST to Customs, unless you are using the deferred GST scheme – refer to Easy steps to the deferred GST scheme.

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      Last modified: 16 Mar 2016QC 17458