Iain Blakeley

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E-commerce

Importing costs

NZ Customs have a feature on their website called "What's my duty?". It's a great tool for calculating how much GST and other charges you might be up for when you buy stuff on line. Here it is: http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/ The calculator isn't intended to be a final...

At least it’s a start

There's a lot of chatter about South Africa's proposed law requiring foreign businesses to charge VAT on sales of digital products to South African residents. If passed the law will cover things like music, videos, software and games sold on line. At the moment, like...

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...

Online trading – again

Once again the issue of internet purchases coming in to NZ GST free is hitting the news. See here In my view this needs to be addressed. The size of the problem will only increase. Having any kind of exemption like this distorts our GST system and favours some at the...

Good news for non resident businesses

Non resident businesses looking to establish supply chains into New Zealand have to go through hoops to register for GST here and recover the GST on their NZ expenses. Often it means they're at a disadvantage when compared to businesses established in New Zealand....

All Black Rugby World Cup jerseys

The furore over being able to buy the new AB jerseys overseas for less than they are sold locally once again calls into question how well our tax legislation is dealing with internet commerce. The pricing of the jerseys overseas would seem to allow them to be imported...

Tax free shopping zone for Christchurch?

A tax free zone in Christchurch has been suggested by a new business owners' group there. I think it is a well intentioned idea which poses some reasonably big challenges in practice. The intention is to encourage businesses (and shoppers)to return to the CBD during...

Low value import de minimis stays at $60

The Minister of Customs has just announced the low value import de minimis is to stay at $60. This follows a review of the threshold which considered whether it should be increased. The review was also to look at how the de minimis applied because it can be confusing...

Debate on GST and private imports

Today's NZ Herald editorial argues collecting GST on low value imports is more trouble than it's worth and advocates retaining an exempt threshold. Seehere The debate seems to be gaining momentum and the Customs Department are in the middle of a public consultation...

More on NZ’s low value import rules

NZ Customs is proposing to relax the low value asset threshold for imported goods. Here's a paper they've prepared for Government's consideration. Click here. In essence NZ Customs suggests allowing more low value goods to be imported without GST or other customs...

Australia shines spotlight on e-tailing

The Australian Government has set up an enquiry by their Productivity Commission into online shopping and the impact on retailers. There'll be lessons here for New Zealand. I think it's difficult to contemplate an end to tactile retail therapy which so many Kiwis seem...

Cloud computing tax risks

Cloud computing is predicted to become increasingly popular with businesses looking for a complete outsourcing solution to their IT needs. It allows access to computer infrastructure, software and storage (amongst other things) over the internet. New Zealand's Inland...

On line shopping to get more expensive?

At the moment you can buy most goods from overseas on-line and won't have any NZ GST charged if they cost less than $400. [Note: for some items, like clothing, GST applies at less than $400.] NZ retailers are disadvantaged by this because it encourages on-line...

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