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GST and E-commerce paper


Online shopping is finally showing signs of living up to its hype, and as Australia’s consumer landscape is shifting Australian retailers are exploring new ways to compete both here and abroad. Meanwhile, Australia’s “taxpayers” are getting iPods shipped straight from China and logging onto eBay to buy a US iTunes card so they can download the latest music and back up to a cloud server as they catch the morning train. But as sure as death and taxes, electronics break down, warranties are invoked and local repairs are arranged by the international manufacturers.

This paper looks at GST in a virtual world:

  • How does our “consumption” tax actually operate?
  • How do we define our borders?
  • How do we minimise compliance burdens and still protect our tax base?
  • Where is it all heading?

Author profiles

Alison Sharpe
Alison is a Senior Consultant at KPMG
Jeremy Geale CTA
Jeremy is the ATO’s Deputy Chief Tax Counsel. Jeremy, together with the Chief Tax Counsel and other deputies, leads the ATO Tax Counsel Network, which provides technical and strategic tax advice to other areas of the ATO and the community. Jeremy joined the ATO in January 2016. He was previously a partner with a large legal and accounting firm. Jeremy also worked for a number of years as a Barrister specialising in all areas of tax. He has a unique blend of experience having worked in a variety of roles across the private sector, professional services and public sector. - Current at 04 January 2018
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This was presented at 2012 National GST Intensive .

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Joint keynote address

Author(s):  James O'HALLORAN,  Robert OLDING

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GST issues and wealth management

Author(s):  Bill PACKWOOD,  Amelia O'Rourke

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GST ruling system in practice

Author(s):  Mark L ROBERTSON

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