Iain Blakeley

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tourist refund schemes

12 GST thoughts of Christmas

12 GST thoughts of Christmas: 1. There's no GSTĀ on gifts (so Santa is probably not GST registered). 2. GSTĀ registered businesses can claim back the GST on gifts they buy for staff, suppliers and customers. 3. If you buy someone a gift voucher for Christmas it's quite...

Good news

Might as well start the year with a bit of good news, even if it's a little old by now. On 11 December the Government gave us a xmas present with the announcement by the Minister of Customs the Temporary Import period for yachts, launches and small craft will be...

12 GST thoughts of Christmas

12 GST thoughts of Christmas: 1. There's no GST on gifts (so Santa is probably not GST registered). 2. GST registered businesses can claim back the GST on gifts they buy for staff, suppliers and customers. 3. If you buy someone a gift voucher for Christmas it's quite...

VAT refunds for tourists

I recently traveled through Europe and Singapore. Now I'm not the world's biggest shopper by any means but I did spend enough to consider applying for a VAT refund as I left the EU. But consider it is all I did. When I saw the queues and paper work involved I decided...

Who’s making submissions?

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who is considering making a submission in response to the latest discussion document from Inland Revenue on GST. They are looking for feedback on the suggestion of loosening the rules for overseas businesses wanting to recover GST...

Good news for tourists to Australia….

The Australian Government is looking at making its GST refund scheme for tourists more generous. Amongst the measures is a proposal to allow purchases made up to 60 days before departing Australia eligible for GST refunds (currently 30 days). They are also proposing...

Singapore innovates for its tourists

Tourists in Singapore will benefit from mid 2011 when that country takes its GST Tourist Refund Scheme into the electronic age. The existing paper based system is going to be replaced by a procedure which will see tourists using tokens to record purchases as they go....

Fiji VAT to 15%

Fiji is raising VAT from 12.5% to 15% from 1 January 2011. This was announced last Friday and gives businesses very little time to get ready for the increase. It will be interesting to see how they go and whether transitional measures similar to those introduced in...