Goods and Services Tax Determination
Goods and services tax: when is a supply of food, in terms of paragraph 38-3(1)(a) of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, 'for consumption on the premises from which it is supplied'?
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FOI status:may be releasedFOI number: I 1021671
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|This Ruling applies on and from 8 July 1999 ( the date of Royal Assent to the Goods and Services Tax ('GST') legislation ) and may be relied on immediately.|
1. A supply of food, for consumption on the premises from which it is supplied, is a taxable supply. Whether you supply food for consumption on the premises from which it is supplied will depend upon the circumstances surrounding the supply.
- at the place where the supply takes place - for example, restaurants, cafes, snack bars, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, clubs, reception lounges, aircraft, boats, trains, venues for catered functions or university dining halls;
- in grounds surrounding the food supply outlet - for example, at tables on a footpath or in a food court;
- at any venue with defined limits or boundaries associated with leisure, sport or entertainment - for example, football grounds, gardens (that are on private property or have restricted access), showgrounds, amusement parks, racecourses, zoos or concert halls.
3. However, some suppliers will provide food for consumption both on the premises (dine-in) and away from the premises (takeaway). If you supply food that would otherwise be GST-free to both dine-in and takeaway customers, you need to identify food supplied for consumption on the premises from that which is to be consumed elsewhere. If your business operations identify takeaway supplies from dine-in supplies, the takeaway food is not supplied for consumption on the premises. You will be able to identify takeaway food from dine-in food if you:
- have separate ordering and/or serving processes for dine-in and takeaway customers (for example, dine-in customers may order and receive their meals at their tables or food could be served on a plate or on a returnable tray);
- provide different packaging for dine-in and takeaway food (for example, dine-in customers may receive their water or fruit juice in a glass rather than in a sealed disposable container); or
- have different menus or product lines for dine-in and takeaway customers.
- it is served in its original or takeaway form (for example, an unprocessed apple or unopened bottle of water); and
- it is not served in circumstances indicating that consumption will take place on the premises (for example, the food is not served at a table).
5. Greg operates a roadhouse. The roadhouse supplies food which is taken away and consumed off premises whilst food is also provided to eat in a diner which is part of the premises. Orders are made at the same counter for food taken away and for food consumed in the diner.
6. It is Greg's practice to ask customers whether they want to eat in the diner or take food away. Customers who eat in the diner are given a table number and sit themselves at the table. Customers taking food away wait at the counter.
7. Different packaging is used. Meals in the diner are served on a plate. Cold beverages provided in the diner are served in a glass. Meals taken away are wrapped in paper or cardboard. Cold beverages taken away are either supplied in disposable cups or in the original packaging.
9. Heather has a snack bar in a food court. All of the water that she sells to customers, whether they drink it in the food court or take it away, is in its sealed bottled form. It is not Heather's practice to ask customers who purchase food or drink if they wish to consume it in the food court or take it away.
10. The bottled water is not served at a table and it is not served in circumstances indicating that consumption will take place on the premises (for example, accompanying a meal on a returnable tray). We will accept that the water is not supplied for consumption on the premises.
11. The facts are the same as in example 2 except that Heather asks her customers if they wish to consume their food or drink in the food court or take it away - as she uses different packaging for dine-in and takeaway supplies.
12. For those customers who indicate that they will dine in the food court, supplies of food and drink, including whole fruit and bottled water which would otherwise be GST-free, are for consumption on the premises and will be taxable. For those customers who indicate that they will take the food or drink away, supplies that are otherwise GST-free are not for consumption on the premises and will remain GST-free.
Commissioner of Taxation
21 June 2000
goods & services tax