List of GST Free Suppliers (Australia)
DON’T GET CAUGHT CLAIMING GST ON THESE SUPPLIERS
We notice that many Australian businesses are claiming GST (Goods and Services Tax) incorrectly on certain services and supplies. Please note that some suppliers do NOT charge GST, so you will need to enter these expenses as “Non-capital GST-free purchases”.
The last thing you want is to get an audit from the ATO and they bill you for wrongly claimed GST, interest on the claimed GST and a fine.
But also, since the Australian government began taxing multi-nationals, you may not be claiming GST on some international suppliers.
Here is a list of GST-free suppliers to help you to code your Australian GST expenses correctly in your accounts. These GST-free suppliers are typically overseas service businesses for cloud services, software and electronic downloads, ‘gig’ services, and products – international goods.
Australian businesses and individuals cannot claim GST from these suppliers:
Online advertising companies – currently GST free
- Facebook. (from the 1st August 2018 Facebook charges GST in Australia.)
- Google Adwords. (from the 1st November 2016 Google Adwords charges GST in Australia. Here’s how to download your tax invoice.)
Goods – currently GST free
- Amazon. From 1st July 2017 will include GST.
- Ebay. It depends on the ebay seller, some are GST registered (business) and some are private sellers. If they are registered for GST they will send an Australian tax invoice along with your goods.
Work sites – currently GST free
Subscriptions / cloud – currently GST free
- Manula (Proton 27)
- Uptime Robot
- Zoom Video Conferencing
*** If you know of any others contact us and we’ll add them to the list
List of online services with GST
PLEASE NOTE: These online suppliers charge Australian GST
- Amazon (from 1st July 2017 will include GST)
- Avast anti-virus software (includes GST). You may see on your credit card statement a charge from “Digital River”.
- Bing/Microsoft advertising (not sure of the exact date but we have an invoice from Sept 2015 that includes GST.)
- Envato (from 1st July 2017 will include GST)
- Facebook advertising (from 1st August 2018 will include GST)
- Fiverr (from 1st August 2018 will include GST)
- Google Ads / Adwords (from 1st Nov 2016) Here’s how to download your tax invoice.
- Gumtree paid advertising. Even though their website says no GST, they provide you with tax invoice with GST on it. Go figure.
- Linkedin advertising (from 1st January 2017)
- Fastspring (Mailbird email client Pro)
- MYOB cloud subscription (includes GST)
- QuickBooks Online QBO subscription (from 1st July 2017)
- Xero subscription (includes GST)
- Upwork (from 1st July 2017 will include GST)
*Disclaimer – we do our best to keep this page updated. If you are not sure if an online supplier has charged you GST or not, firstly check your invoice from them, or do a search in Google for “supplier’s name GST Australia”.