WTI 2018/1


A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999

Explanatory Statement

General outline of determination

1. This determination is made under subsection 29-10(3) of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999.

2. This determination allows Visa Purchasing Card cardholders to claim input tax credits without holding a tax invoice in certain circumstances.

3. Under subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, where an Act confers a power to make, grant or issue any instrument of a legislative or administrative character (including rules, regulations or by-laws) the power shall be construed as including a power exercisable in the like manner and subject to the like conditions (if any) to repeal, rescind, revoke, amend or vary any such instrument.

4. The determination is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2003.

Date of effect

5. This determination is taken to have commenced on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

What is this determination about

6. Under subsection 29-10(3) of the GST Act, you can only attribute an input tax credit in the first tax period when you hold a tax invoice for the creditable acquisition (unless the value of the taxable supply to which the creditable acquisition relates is $75 or less).

7. However, the Commissioner may determine in writing the circumstances in which you do not require a tax invoice for a creditable acquisition.

8. This determination waives the requirement to hold a tax invoice for a creditable acquisition provided that requirements of the determination are met. Instead electronic data files (called matched data files) can be used provided it includes the required information.

What is the effect of this determination

9. The effect of this determination is, for tax periods commencing on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation:

to ensure the concession to allow entities other than Visa International to match the data that is necessary to produce matched data files contained in the repealed determination continues to operate in a similar way; and
to incorporate rules that will operate in the scenario where employee reimbursement has occurred under Division 111 of the GST Act.


10. This determination replaces Goods and Services Tax: Waiver of Tax Invoice Requirement (Visa Purchasing Card) Legislative Instrument (No. 2) 2008 [F2010C00775] (previous determination), registered on 3 September 2008. The previous determination is repealed on commencement of this determination.

11. This determination allows card providers that issue Visa Purchasing Cards and other authorised entities, to also undertake this matching process and to produce matched data files.

12. The determination is substantially the same as the previous determination that it replaces. An entity that satisfied the requirements of the previous determination will satisfy the requirements of this determination.

13. Compliance cost impact: Minor - There will be no or minimal impacts for both implementation and ongoing compliance costs. The legislative determination is minor or machinery in nature.


14. Provided the requirements of this determination are met, for the purposes of attributing an input tax credit for a creditable acquisition to a tax period, a cardholder is not required (under subsection 29-10(3) of the GST Act) to hold a tax invoice for the creditable acquisition (section 5). In summary, the matched data file can be used to claim input tax credits where:

the cardholder holds a matched data file for the creditable acquisition that contains the information set out in section 7;
the GST related information on the matched data file meets the accuracy requirements set out in section 12;
the cardholder meets the requirements of section 13 that ensure the cardholders use the matched data file accurately to claim input tax credits;
section 14 does not apply. This section requires the cardholder to hold a tax invoice in relation to the acquisition if there is an error in relation to the acquisition, or section 8 is not satisfied when required; and
when the data matching provider uses information from a cardholder hosted electronic purchasing system, the cardholder data method provided by paragraph 6(2)(b) must be used.

Information requirements for a matched data file

15. Section 7 sets out the transaction information that a matched data file must contain. The information is similar to that required on a tax invoice, with some changes to take into account the information that is readily available to data matching providers.

16. The term matched data file refers to the file produced by the matching of data from the EFTPOS system with the additional GST related information from an electronic purchasing system. The matching is carried out by a data matching provider. The matched data file provides all of the information needed to satisfy the information requirements in paragraph 7(d).

Accuracy requirements for matched data files

17. Subsection 12(1) contains a requirement to ensure data matching providers do not place GST related information in a matched data file if they consider the information may be inaccurate. The data matching provider must retain a copy of the matched data file for 5 years.

Use of cardholder data method required in specified circumstances

18. Where transaction information for a particular supply is provided to the data matching provider by the cardholder (rather than by the supplier), the cardholder data method must be used. Recipient created tax invoices have been issued in similar situations. As such, many of the requirements that apply to recipient created tax invoices (see for example Goods and Services Tax: Recipient Created Tax Invoice Determination 2017 for Agricultural Products, Government Related Entities and Large Business Entities) continue to apply for this determination (F2017L00348)). Some of these similarities include:

The type of cardholder for whom the method is made available (refer to paragraph 8(a)) Qualifying cardholders are government related entities, and entities that have a GST turnover (including input taxed supplies) of at least $20 million annually; or are entitled to be members of a GST group, or entitled to be a joint venture operator, in which one or more other members of that group or participants in that joint venture have such a GST turnover;
The cardholder must send a purchase order that includes GST data to the supplier, so that the supplier has a record of the GST data the cardholder is using (subsection 11(1)); and
The cardholder and the supplier must enter into a written agreement which includes specifying what supplies will be made using this method, and that tax invoices issued in relation to those supplies must be marked to avoid duplicate input tax credit claims (paragraph 11(2)(c)).

19. The method can only be used for transactions arising from an electronic purchasing system (subsection 8(b)).

20. Set out below are the steps that occur when the cardholder data method is used. These steps ensure that the GST data used to produce the matched data file is accurate:

Step 1: The supplier provides details of items available for purchase including GST data and price to the qualifying cardholder (section 8). The supplier or cardholder provides the data matching provider with the supplier's Australian Business Number (ABN) or ATO Reference Number (ARN) (section 9). This information is entered onto the electronic purchasing system.
Step 2: The cardholder must provide a purchase order to the supplier that contains the information specified in subsection. This ensures that the supplier is aware of how the GST data has been recorded for each transaction.
Step 3: The cardholder-hosted electronic purchasing system transmits the transaction data to the data matching provider (paragraph 11(2)(a)).
Step 4: The data matching provider can now match the data they receive from step 3 with the normal EFTPOS data (received from the supplier's financial institution) and produce the matched data file.
Step 5: The matched data file is issued to the cardholder.

Definition of cardholder and Visa Purchasing Card

21. The definition of cardholder and Visa Purchasing Card in section 4 have been expanded to cover an entity who request the corporate card provider to issue a corporate card in another entity's name. This change is required to give effect to new section 15 - Reimbursement of Employees etc.

Definition of GST registration number

22. A definition of GST registration number has been added and refers to both the ABN and the ARN which is used by limited registration entities.

Matched data file information requirements

23. Updates have been made to the information requirements to align with revised legislative requirements for tax invoices. There has also been a change to allow the inclusion of a recognised code identifying the supplier's industry if a description of the supply is not available. This may be the ANZSIC code but the Commissioner accepts that other recognised codes can be used.


24. Broad consultation has occurred. The draft determination and draft explanatory statement were published on the ATO Legal Database at ato.gov.au on 2 August 2018 seeking feedback and comments for a period of three weeks. The ATO Legal Database sends emails and news feeds to direct subscribers such as tax professionals and other industry stakeholders.

25. Targeted consultation was also undertaken. A draft copy of the determination and explanatory statement were sent to the relevant entity listed in the determination in early August 2018 seeking comments for a period of three weeks. No comments were received from this entity. No other substantive issues were raised.

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Goods and Services Tax: Waiver of Tax Invoice Requirement (Visa Purchasing Card) Determination 2018

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Overview of the Legislative Instrument

The Legislative Instrument provides greater flexibility to card providers by allowing specified entities other than Visa International to collate the required GST information that is included in the electronic data files.

Human rights implications

This Legislative Instrument does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms as it provides greater flexibility to card providers by allowing specified entities other than Visa International to collate the required GST information that is included in the electronic data files.


This Legislative Instrument is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.

Dated: 24 September 2018

Signed by Timothy Dyce
Deputy Commissioner of Taxation

Legislative References:
Acts Interpretation Act 1901
the Act

A New Tax System (Goods And Services Tax) Act 1999
the Act

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011
the Act

Legislation Act 2003
the Act

Related Legislative Determinations:
WTI 2018/1 - Legislative Determination