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08 Aug 2019 GST updates

Levelling the playing field for online hotel bookings 

On 8 May 2018, the Federal Government announced it would level the playing field to ensure offshore sellers of Australian hotel accommodation calculate their GST turnover in the same way as local sellers from 1 July 2019.

Unlike Australian-based businesses, offshore sellers of Australian hotel accommodation are exempt from including sales of hotel accommodation in their GST turnover. This means they are often not required to register for and charge GST on their mark-up on the wholesale price of the accommodation.

Read more here.

Common GST errors – importing or exporting goods and services

If you run an enterprise that imports or exports goods or services in Australia then there are a few things you should know about your GST obligations. The ATO’s compliance activities tell them that most errors are made by small to medium businesses.

This fact sheet outlines some examples of common errors made by businesses who import or export goods and services in Australia.


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