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READ THIS before selling books to Australia!

Last July, Australia changed its sales tax law to level the playing field between international sellers and domestic ones. Previously, Australia’s sales tax, the GST (Goods and Services Tax), was not collected on physical items purchased outside Australia for less than AUS $1000 (“low-value goods”) and imported by the consumer. This allowed Australians to save money by buying off international websites, especially ones that provided free shipping or a price low enough to offset the shipping costs. But it also hurt those Australian businesses that do have to charge sales tax, rendering them less competitive. In response, Australia changed the law so that all items, regardless of value, must have the GST applied, collected, and remitted by the seller unless the item is exempt or zero rated. Books are neither. Read More…


 

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