Stop the GST on low value imported goods!

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We need to vote with our keyboards / mouse against this piece of regressive legislation that prevents the freedom of choice to Australian Consumers. For too long our voice(s) have been smothered, its not about avoiding paying our fair share of GST.

Let's face it, it is difficult to find some of the products we like in bricks and mortar stores and in order to purchase it we sometimes look to the overseas market to purchase find what we want / need. By removing the GST free threshold of purchases under $1000 the Government will only discourage further consumption of goods especially in the current market uncertainty we face today.

Little does the Government understand is that due to currency differences, postage fees etc some items that are purchases barely constitute as a "bargain" or "huge saving" by adding this regressive piece of legislation we only further prevent consumer confidence as a whole which may lead to market contraction which won't be positive for the Australian economy.

So if you agree with most consumers I urge you to sign this petition and make all of your voices, concerns heard and hope that common sense will prevail.

 

 

 

Details of the legislation and opposition to it below:

On 16 February 2017, the Government introduced law to Parliament that will amend the law to extend Goods and Services Tax (GST) to low value imports of physical goods imported by consumers.

Suppliers with an Australian turnover of $75,000 or more in a twelve month period will be required to register and charge GST.

The existing processes to collect GST on imports above $1,000 at the border are unchanged.

In summary, the reforms:

make supplies of goods valued at $1,000 or less at the time of supply connected with Australia if the goods are purchased by consumers and are brought into Australia with the assistance of the supplier;
treat the operator of an electronic distribution platform (EDP) as the supplier of low value goods if the goods are purchased through the platform by consumers and brought into Australia with the assistance of either the supplier or the operator;
treat redeliverers as the suppliers of low value goods if the goods are delivered outside of Australia as part of the supply, and the redeliverer assists with their delivery into Australia as part of a shopping or mailbox service that it provides under an arrangement with the consumer;
allow non-resident suppliers of low value goods that are connected with Australia to elect to access the simplified registration and reporting system; and
prevent double taxation.

So far eBay, Amazon, ASOS and economists from RMIT have made statements to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee saying a long the lines of:

“The way this Bill is drafted will drive overseas sellers off the kind of cooperative large-scale, Australia-based marketplace platforms onto the opaque parts of the Internet and search engines,” eBay suggests in its submission.

The next key argument against the new laws is that it could stop international businesses from wanting to engage with Australian customers. For example, in its submission to the committee, eBay goes as far to suggest that the policy could regrettably lead to the company “prevent[ing] Australians from buying from foreign sellers”.

 

Australian Governments legislation in detail can be found below

https://www.ato.gov.au/general/new-legislation/in-detail/indirect-taxes/gst/gst-on-low-value-imported-goods/



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