When must I register for GST?
You must register for GST when you are conducting a taxable activity:
How often do I file a GST return?
- That has produced a turnover (sales and income) of more than $60,000 over the last year (this month plus the previous 11 months); or
- That you expect to produce a turnover of more than $60,000 over the next year (this month plus the next 11 months); or
- For which you indicate (e.g. in a price list or an invoice) that the price includes GST.
You choose to file your GST returns:
- Every six months, provided the total value of your taxable supplies in any 12 months is not likely to be more than $500,000; or
- Every two months, which is the standard 'default' option if you do not elect your own option; or
- Monthly, this is the only option for entities that make taxable supplies over $24 million per annum.
How do I account for GST?
There are three methods of accounting for GST:
- The invoice basis - account for GST in the taxable period when you issue/receive an invoice or receive/make a payment, whichever is earlier; or
- The payments (or cash) basis - account for GST in the taxable period when you make/receive a payment. This option is available if your taxable supplies were $2.0 million or under for the previous 12 months and are not expected to exceed this threshold in the next 12 months; or
- The hybrid basis - account for GST on your sales income using the invoice basis, but claim GST on your expenses using the payments basis.
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