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    GST Advisory Group

    The GST Advisory Group membership encompasses business, academic and broader community perspectives. This provides not only views on the operation and sustainability of GST, but also offers insights into the quality and effectiveness of the GST system as it may influence our administration and future policy related considerations.

    All members possess a current understanding of the GST system in operation and this facilitates fruitful discussions in the national interest. They have a commitment to improving the administration and operation of the GST system into the future. Membership is refreshed from time to time to ensure that the group remains vibrant and brings an injection of new and differing insights to the group. An additional States and Territory representative member from the Queensland Treasury joined in late 2014.

    There are four face to face meetings scheduled each year as well as a number of telephone conversations held on an as needs basis.

    During 2014–15 there was strong engagement from all members on strategically significant issues, including:

    • international developments and Australia’s role in the OECD Working Party 9
    • guidelines relating to the taxation of cross border supplies of services and intangibles
    • Reinventing the ATO, including contemporary digital services supporting whole of government initiatives
    • major litigation case outcomes
    • Board of Taxation’s Review of tax impediments facing small business and opportunities for improvement
    • deregulation and opportunities for safe harbours
    • sharing ideas on emerging issues such as taxation of digital currency, crowd funding, and peer to peer lending.

    The GST Advisory Group provides a mechanism to identify emerging products for the ATO to consider and provide guidance about potential GST ramifications as well as support to the broader community.

    We also continue to encourage taxpayers, business and professional associations to raise matters for consultation, register to take part in consultations, join the Small Business Consultation Panel or participate in our online consultation platform.

      Last modified: 14 Dec 2015QC 47462