Budget 2016: GST
Wednesday 4 May 2016
GST and importation of low-value goods
From 1 July 2017, GST will be imposed on goods imported by consumers, regardless of the goods’ value. The GST liability will be imposed on overseas suppliers, using a vendor registration model. This means suppliers with Australian turnover of $75,000 or more will be required to register for, collect and remit GST for all goods supplied to consumers in Australia.
These arrangements will be reviewed after two years to “ensure they are operating as intended and take account of any international developments”.
GST small business taxpayers: election to use cash basis
From 1 July 2016, the Government proposes to extend the option for taxpayers to use the cash basis of accounting for GST to small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million. Such entities would be able to account for GST on a cash basis and pay GST instalments as calculated by the ATO.