Iain Blakeley

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digital commerce

Australia leads NZ 2 – 0

The Australian Government looks likely to change its GST treatment of digital currencies. In NZ we're left wondering what our Government's position is. This is the second time in about as many weeks Australia has taken steps to...

Bit of a GST fizzer…..

We were eagerly awaiting an announcement in yesterday's Budget 2015 speech on digital services but.... nothing. How many more countries need to take the lead on this before NZ acts?

Australia jumps ahead of NZ in taxing digital commerce

The Australian Government has released draft legislation proposing to apply GST to downloads and streaming of digital content and other services supplied from offshore to Australian consumers. This will affect media such as games, movies, e-books and music downloaded...

Online sales

Data just out says New Zealanders spent $1b on online sales in the last year. If that had been spent in New Zealand an additional $150m of GST might have been collected by the Government. There is yet more evidence the extent of international online retail therapy is...