Claiming GST credits

Claiming GST credits


Employers can claim a credit for any GST included in the price of any goods and services they buy for their business.

To claim GST credits, business owners must be registered for GST and must meet the following conditions:

  • intend to use the purchase solely or partly in carrying on their business and the purchase does not relate to making input-taxed supplies
  • the purchase price included GST
  • provide, or are liable to provide, payment for the item purchased
  • keep a tax invoice from the supplier (for purchases more than $82.50).

If your activity statement is delayed, it may have been to check that you have not claimed a personal expense as a business expense.

Business owners must remember to only claim a GST credit for goods and services used in the business; only claim the business portion of goods and services that are also used for personal purposes, and to keep track of the business portion using the logbook method.

Some typical expenses that are used for personal and business purposes include motor vehicles, domestic air travel or taxi travel, mobile phone or internet use and home-office furniture.

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If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.


Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.


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