YOUR GST QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
Q: Is GST in addition to any import duty taxes that the customer may have to pay?
A: No, there is no other charge made by customs for goods under $1,000. You can read more about this here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/impo/buyi
Q: Does GST apply to all sales from imported goods or only those with a turnover of > $75K?
A: The law applies to ‘electronic distribution platforms’ (aka ‘online marketplaces’). Sellers on Hardtofind are therefore subject to this new law even if they sell less than $75K per year. Sellers who deliver to Australia but not via an electronic marketing platform would only have to register for GST themselves if they sold > $75K per year direct to Australian customers.
Q: I understand with sales over $75K then GST is applicable but do sales on my own site get added to my Hardtofind sales or are they not counted towards the $75K limit?
A: Only sales on your own site would count toward the $75K threshold. You would have to register and collect GST on sales to Australian customers if your sales (external to your Hardtofind sales) volume reaches $75K (including low value goods). From the ATO website: “If you sell low value imported goods to consumers through an electronic distribution platform (EDP), the EDP operator (instead of you) will generally be responsible for GST payable on these sales. If the EDP operator is responsible for GST, these sales do not count towards your GST turnover when deciding if you need to register.
Q: Will GST be added on the product page or when the customer checks out?
A: The price on the product page will include GST. The price ex-GST is set by the seller in their Hardtofind admin. Hardtofind will then automatically add 10% to the price set by the seller so it appears on the product page as the GST-inclusive price. The seller will receive the price they set in their admin less commission.
Q: We sell kids' books so we do not charge VAT/GST. Will we still be charging customers GST?
A: All sales on Hardtofind are subject to GST regardless of GST status.