Retail NZ

Paying GST on overseas Internet purchases

Australia just started the process of making it compulsory.

The Australian Government has today introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that will require foreign retailers and online marketplaces to register for Australian GST, and Retail NZ says it’s time NZ’s National-led Government followed suit.

“The Australian Treasurer spoke in Parliament in Canberra today noting the new requirement is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to creating a fairer tax system, supporting small businesses and establishing a level playing field for Australian businesses,” Greg Harford, Retail NZ’s General Manager for Public Affairs said today. “The Treasurer correctly said the Australian Government is leading the way in delivering a GST system that is fit for our modern world and our modern economy, and that it is only a matter of time before other jurisdictions follow suit.

“Retailers in New Zealand have long been disadvantaged by a loophole that allows low value goods to be imported into the country without the seller of those goods paying its fair share of GST and duty. With the new Australian rules coming into place on 1 July, it’s now more critical than ever that our New Zealand Government follows suit as a matter of urgency. Read more »

Retail NZ to Michael Woodhouse: Thanks, but no thanks

You have to wonder why it was that the diminutive Michael Woodhouse opened his gob first before consulting with industry representatives over Easter trading laws.

It seems that they aren’t at all happy with his ‘interference’.

Proposed changes to Easter trading laws are positive but risk creating confusion, the national retail body says.

The Government will change “arbitrary” national Easter Sunday trading restrictions and put the onus on local councils to decide opening hours, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced on Monday.

Retail NZ spokesman Greg Harford feared local authorities’s would create confusion when formulating bylaws.

“As we understand it, the door will be open to make decisions based on different geographical areas within a district,” he said.

“In Christchurch, you might have a bylaw that says Riccarton Mall can open but Northlands Mall can’t.

“We think that whole process of getting councils to look at this every five years is going to create significant cost and significant complexity for ratepayers, shoppers and retailers.”      Read more »