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Australia: GST collection by offshore providers of hotel room sales

Australia: GST, offshore providers of hotel room sales

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced that offshore sellers of Australian commercial accommodation need to add goods and services tax (GST) when selling Australian-based accommodation, when these sales exceed AUD$75,000 in a 12-month period.

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According to information on the ATO website, GST will apply whether an Australian hotel room is booked through a domestic or offshore seller. The ATO reported that this change would remove “the competitive advantage that offshore sellers had over domestic accommodation providers” and would allow “businesses that book accommodation through offshore sellers to obtain a tax invoice and claim GST credits.”

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