GST applies to services or digital products bought from overseas
From 1 July 2017, GST applies to imported services and digital products from overseas, including:
- digital products such as streaming or downloading of movies, music, apps, games and e-books; and
- services such as architectural, educational and legal.
Australian GST registered businesses will not be charged GST on their purchases from a non-resident supplier if they:
- provide their ABN to the non-resident supplier; and
- state they are registered for GST.
- However, if Australians purchase imported services and digital products only for personal use, they should not provide their ABN.
Imposition of GST on ‘low-value’ foreign supplies
Parliament has passed legislation which applies GST to goods costing $1,000 or less supplied from offshore to Australian consumers from 1 July 2018.
Using a ‘vendor collection model’, the law will require overseas suppliers and online marketplaces (such as Amazon and eBay) with an Australian GST turnover of $75,000 or more to account for GST on sales of low value goods to consumers in Australia.
The deferred start date gives industry participants additional time to make system changes to implement the measure.
Editor: It should be noted that this is a separate measure to that which applies GST to digital goods and services purchased from offshore websites, as outlined above.