GST administration changes

Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, has released a second consultation paper on reforms to goods and services tax (GST) administration.

The announced measures implement recommendations made by the Board of Taxation in a report to the Government last year.

The key components of the package of reforms include:

  • harmonising the GST law and the income tax self-assessment and rulings regimes;
  • adopting more principled and flexible GST grouping rules;
  • simplifying the GST adjustment provisions; and
  • reforming the GST treatment of sales of going concerns and farmland.

The second discussion paper includes GST self-assessment, adjustments, general law and tax law partnerships, bare trusts and running balance accounts.

The majority of the measures will apply from 1 July 2010.

Consultation closes on 9 October 2009.

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