Posts about “Australia”


The digital economy, tax, and evolving rules

Thu, May 11, 2017
Digital disruption has laid waste to numerous traditional industries, from the ramifications of internet publishing on the print media to the effects of the Uber and AirBnB models on the car travel and lodging sectors. An increasingly connected (and smartphone-obsessed) population expects this disruption. Today, consumption is all about the now economy. It is now easier than ever, thanks to infrastructural advances in broadband and WiFi, for consumers to access digital content from anywhere in the world.

Deadline looming for Australia digital GST

Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Australia Digital GST liabilities are to become a reality for international digital service suppliers on the 1st of July. On July 1, 2017, Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) will – as outlined here new law — be extended to the cross-border supplies of digital services bought by Australian consumers. These supplies include digital services (e.g. the streaming, or downloading, of movies, music, apps, games, e-books) in addition to services such as architectural or legal services.

Australia’s new digital GST is rubber-stamped

Tue, May 10, 2016
Australia’s new digital GST has moved a step closer as one of the last acts of Malcolm Turnbull’s government was the passing of the digital goods and services tax (GST) bill. On Wednesday, May 4, the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 finally passed both houses of the Australian Parliament. Four days later Turnbull’s government was dissolved and an election called for July 2.

Digital tax trends: Ten international plans to tax the digital economy

Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Digital tax trends indicate a move to destination-based taxation. We like to keep those affected up-to-date so here’s a list of countries planning such changes. The common thread in international digital tax trends is the move from a supplier-based taxation to one based on the consumer’s location, or destination-based taxation. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has already approved the destination-based principle in Action 1 of the October 2015 release of their Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) report.

Australia’s digital services GST could raise $3.2bn in a decade

Fri, Mar 11, 2016
Australia could recoup as much as AU$3.2 billion from a new 10% digital services GST revealed in the 2015 budget. Draft laws for the new Australian digital services GST were introduced to the Australian Parliament on February 10, 2016. Treasurer Scott Morrison told The Australian Parliament why he was introducing such rules: It ensures Australian businesses selling digital products and services are not disadvantaged relative to overseas businesses that sell equivalent products in Australia.

Digital tax developments in the Asia-Pacific region

Tue, Feb 23, 2016
There have been some major digital tax developments in the Asia-Pacific region this month. In early February 2016 Ernst & Young urged the Singapore Government to introduce a new tax on international digital service suppliers in the island city-state’s 2016 Budget. Photo: Pixabay The Asia-Pacific region, in general, has been very active in the realm of digital taxation. In October 2015 Japan amended their consumption tax laws. Now, all foreign businesses supplying digital services to Japanese consumers must collect and remit an 8% consumption tax to the Japanese tax authorities.