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Learn the basic concepts about the Australian GST for digital products and how to deal with it.
If you’re selling digital services and products to customers down under, then you might be liable for Australia’s Goods and Services tax (GST)
Learn the basic concepts about the New Zealander GST for digital products and how to deal with it.
If you’re selling digital services and products to customers down under, then you might be liable for New Zealand’s Goods and Services tax (GST)
Learn the basic concepts about the South Korean VAT for digital products and how to deal with it.
If you’re selling digital services and products to customers in South Korea then you might be liable for South Korean’s VAT
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It’s a tax system that’s applied to certain purchases in a handful of countries around the world. This includes Canada, Australia, and India.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) is calculated as a percentage of the total taxable sale. It’s a flat-rate consumption tax that’s charged at each stage of the production chain and at the final sale of a product.
The cool thing is that, as a business owner, you get back whatever GST you’ve paid in the chain. Only the end consumer pays out of pocket, and you remit that tax to the government.
You should add GST to the purchase total as a separate line item, both at the point of checkout and on the receipt or invoice. You can automate this with a tax compliance software like Quaderno.
In some countries, you’re legally required to advertise prices that are inclusive of GST, meaning you add tax to the product price even before checkout. Be sure to check the local rules in the countries where you’re selling.
Businesses should collect GST if they meet the following criteria:
You shouldn’t collect GST until you are registered for the tax in that country or region.
Probably. These days there are many countries that tax online sellers, and more are added to the list every year. In these places, you must charge GST for online transactions only if your annual sales volume exceeds the registration threshold. See question above!
Once you surpass the threshold (which could be upon your very first sale!), you’re legally required to register for GST.
Once you’re registered, you must comply with GST rules. That includes obvious steps such as collecting and remitting (i.e. filing and paying) GST to that country’s tax authorities. But it also includes processes like the reverse-charge mechanism: you don’t charge GST on B2B sales, because your customer will actually pay the tax directly to the government.
All of this said, you might not need to charge GST if you’re selling on or through a specific online platform. This depends if you’re selling in one of the countries that have online marketplace tax laws.
Learn more about how to comply with GST rules.
If you’ve determined you’re liable for GST and are now wondering how to get a GST number, check out our tax registration guides. These guides explain – step by step – how to register in different countries around the world. You receive a GST number only after your registration process is complete!
The GST rate is usually determined on a national level, so no matter where in the country you or your customer are based, the GST rate is the same. This goes for Australia and New Zealand. That said, some countries such as Canada will add provincial or local taxes on top. It’s important to check the local rules wherever your business or your customer is located. You can calculate the GST in your area by entering a postal code into our GST Calculator.
Another reason GST rates might differ is because of the product you’re selling. Authorities often set different tax rates for certain products in order to encourage or discourage their sales. For example, educational products, books, and newspapers often have low or no GST added (they’re zero-rated) – while cigarettes and alcohol are taxed at rates higher than average.
When you first register for GST, the country’s tax authorities assign you a filing frequency. The frequencies are either monthly, quarterly, or annually – and sometimes a combination of these. This usually depends on the income or sales volume of your business, with high-grossing businesses filing more often and small businesses filing once per year.
Due dates for each filing period are set by the local authorities. You should always double check in the places where you’re registered, to see the tax deadlines for the year ahead. Then you’re sure to have enough time to prepare your GST return with accurate information, then also file it on time.
You still have to pay the GST that’s due on your sales, even if you didn’t collect it from your customers at the point of sale. That means paying out of pocket. In addition, there could potentially be penalties or fines for failing to collect the tax properly.
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