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GST on Low Value Items Purchased Online from Overseas – The “Amazon Tax”

Shelley Yeates
/ Categories: Accountancy,

From 1 December 2019 the new “Amazon Tax” came into play, adding GST on to all purchases from overseas. Previously, most small value items bought from overseas were free of GST.


Any items purchased from overseas costing less than $1,000 are now subject to 15% GST, (assuming they are bought from overseas providers doing more than $60,000 per year of business with New Zealanders). This includes merchants and marketplaces such as Amazon, AliExpress and eBay, and redeliverers such as YouShop. They will be required to register for, and charge GST on any purchases you make through them.


At the time of writing, more than 150 overseas suppliers have registered, so chances are any books, clothing, cosmetics, sporting equipment, electronic items etc., purchased from overseas will now cost you 15% more.


GST and duties on products costing more than $1,000 will continue to be collected by Customs.

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