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High tax-free threshold for Australian online retailers 'unjust'

31 March, 2014

The Australian Made Campaign has expressed extreme concern at the decision by state and federal government treasurers to defer dealing with the issue of GST not applying to online purchases of imported goods costing less than $1000.

Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said the situation was unacceptable.

"This should not be a political issue," Harrison said.

"The $1000 threshold - below which GST is not payable on imported goods purchases online – is simply a case of Australian taxation law discriminating against Australian retailers, and through that, Australian manufacturers."

"It is a ridiculous and unsustainable policy position to maintain," Harrison said.

"State vs federal politics should not be allowed to interfere with the urgent need to remove this unfair and unjust impost on Australian businesses."

Australian Made has been calling for the abolition or reduction of the tax-free threshold since 2012.

State and federal governments met last week to deal with the issue, but were unable to agree on a way to extend the reach of the GST.

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Martin Moran | Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27 PM
I purchase items from international suppliers because of the poor service, excessive pricing and a general could not care less attitude from Australian suppliers and retailers. I have no problem with paying the GST but don,t complain that it is unfair. Improve your attitudes and be prepared to get what the customer wants and you might start to win back some business.
Rob | Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:29 PM
Of course the State and Federal poly's won't care until it hits their back pocket or their poll figures. All manufactures, shopowners and their employees need to lobby their local members for action.
Stephen Dean | Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:01 PM
I asked two Auto Stores if they could order several parts but it was placed in their too hard basket and the service was less than i would have expected, sourced the two items that i wanted online and the service via Text and Fax you could not fault i had both parts within a week and both carefully wrapped and a voucher to 10% off if i use them again,i will,Thank You