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  • Importing or exporting goods or services?

    22 November 2019

    If you import or export goods or services in Australia, it's important to be aware of your GST responsibilities so you can get your activity statement right the first time.

    Exports from Australia are generally GST-free, but be aware of special conditions. For example, if the goods aren't exported within 60 days of purchase, then GST could be charged.

    If you import goods and services you are generally required to pay GST (10% of the value of the taxable importation). It is paid to the Department of Home Affairs before the goods are released unless you are part of the deferred GST scheme.

    GST applies to:

    • most imports over $1,000
    • consumer purchases of low value imported goods
    • digital products or services from offshore.

    If you're charged GST incorrectly, speak with your supplier and seek a refund. If the price paid is less than $82.50, you can claim a GST credit on your next activity statement without needing a tax invoice.

    Remember, registered tax agents and BAS agents can help you with your tax.

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