Goods and Services Tax Ruling
GSTR 2006/9A8 - Addendum
Goods and services tax: supplies
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This Addendum is a public ruling for the purposes of the Taxation Administration Act 1953. It amends Goods and Services Tax Ruling GSTR 2006/9 to reflect amendments made to the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to the GST treatment of digital currency.
GSTR 2006/9 is amended as follows:
Omit the Note; substitute:
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After the last dot point; insert:
- The Addendum to this Ruling that issued on 12 December 2018 explains the Commissioner's view of the law as it applied from 1 July 2017. You can rely on this Addendum from its date of effect for the purposes of section 357-60 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
Omit subparagraph 4 of the quoted text; substitute:
does not include:
- a supply of money unless the money is provided as consideration for a supply that is a supply of money or digital currency; or
- a supply of digital currency unless the digital currency is provided as consideration for a supply that is a supply of digital currency or money.
Omit the paragraph (excluding footnote 18); substitute:
45. Subsection 9-10(4) provides that a supply does not include a supply of money or digital currency unless the money or digital currency is provided as consideration for a supply that is a supply of money or digital currency.18
After the paragraph; insert:
46A. Digital currency is defined by section 195-1 to mean digital units of value that:
- are designed to be fungible; and
- can be provided as consideration for a supply; and
- are generally available to members of the public without any substantial restrictions on their use as consideration; and
- are not denominated in any country's currency; and
- do not have a value that depends on, or is derived from, the value of anything else; and
- do not give an entitlement to receive, or to direct the supply of, a particular thing or things, unless the entitlement is incidental to:
- holding the digital units of value; or
- using the digital units of value as consideration;
- but does not include:
- money; or
- a thing that, if supplied, would be a financial supply for a reason other than being a supply of one or more digital units of value to which paragraphs (a) to (f) apply.
Omit the paragraph (excluding footnote 24); substitute:
67. In a straight forward commercial transaction, a supply is made to a recipient, who provides consideration in the form of money or digital currency to the supplier. As the payment of money or digital currency in these circumstances is not a supply24, the recipient's payment of money or digital currency is not a supply.
This Addendum applies on and from 1 July 2017.
Commissioner of Taxation
12 December 2018
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