When to charge GST

When to charge GST


If your small business is registered for GST (Goods & Services Tax), most of your sales in Australia will include GST.

Sales which include GST (taxable sales) are:
– made for payment (monetary or other)
– made in the course of operating your business (including any capital assets sold)
– connected with Australia

For these taxable sales, the business must:
– include GST in the price
– issue a tax invoice to the buyer
– pay the GST it’s collected when it lodges its activity statement

When not to charge GST
A business does not include GST in the price of goods and services that are:
– GST free – such as most basic foods, some education courses and healthcare products and services
– Input taxed – such as lending money and renting out residential premises.

Claiming GST credits
You can claim a credit for any GST included in the price of goods and services that you purchase for your business and use to make either taxable or GST-free sales. This is called a GST credit. You can’t claim a GST credit for the GST included in the price of purchases you use to make your input taxed sales.

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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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