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Australian GST Quick Reference Guide

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GST Australia
Summary

A GST rate of 10% will be charged on most goods and services consumed in Australia. If you are registered for GST, you need to include GST in the price you charge your customers for goods and services they purchase from you (called sales). However, you will be able to claim a credit for the GST you have paid on your business expenses and other inputs (called a GST credit). You have to pay the difference between GST charged on sales and GST credits to the Tax Office periodically.

There are two types of sales which will be treated differently.

1. Suppliers of GST-free goods and services will not have to pay GST when they make a sale but they will be entitled to GST credits.

2. Suppliers of input taxed goods and services do not have to charge GST on sales but they will not be entitled to claim GST credits from their purchases of inputs.

Australian GST Questions & Answers

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01

Will GST apply to me?

02

Exactly what sales does GST affect?

03

What goods and services are GST free?

04

Do I charge tax when I sell Input taxed goods and services?

05

What if GST does not apply to me?

06

Can I get GST credits for my purchases?

07

Do I have to pay GST on sales of goods on which I have already paid sales tax?

08

How do I account for GST?

09

What changes do I need to make to my accounting system?

10

How often do I have to pay GST to the Tax Office?

11

What paperwork do I need to complete?

12

Are there any other administrative or procedural issues I should address?

13

What are the impacts of GST on the cost structure of our products?

14

Do I need to change the price of the goods and services I sell?

15

What will happen to my sales levels in the months on either side of July 2000?

16

If I account for GST on a cash basis, will I have cashflow  issues?

17

What options do I have if I think that I am going to have cashflow problems?

18

I want to invest in capital equipment. Should I buy now or wait until the GST is introduced?

19

What about other non capital  purchases?

20

Are there transitional rules that affect my operations?

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