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Australian Internet Consumers Reminded Of Taxes On Imported Goods

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

05 December 2001


The Australian Customs Service has sent out a statement reminding Internet users who are considering doing their Christmas shopping online this year that the goods and services tax (GST) also applies to purchases imported from overseas.

'Customs is required to collect import duty and GST on all goods coming into the country unless a concession applies,' stated the Australian Customs Service on Monday.

Gifts received by post are GST-free for the first A$200 of the value of the product and those worth in excess of that amount are subject to import taxes. 'The concession does not apply to items that you purchase yourself via mail order, fax, phone or Internet,' the statement added.


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