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Standard VAT/GST rate
15%
Reporting currency
NZD
Administered by
Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

New Zealand

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New Zealand GST for digital service providers

Where the customer is a New Zealand GST registered resident, no GST is due. Instead, the customer accounts for the tax in their GST return via the ‘reverse charge’ mechanism. The provider will have to seek proof that their customer is a tax payer. There is a fine for the resident New Zealand customer of NZ$ 50,000 if they continually attempt to represent themselves as a GST-payer.

List of digital services that are the subject of New Zealand GST

The following services are liable to GST:

  • Streaming, video, movies, music and gaming;
  • Software;
  • E-Books;
  • Apps;
  • Online webinars;
  • E-learning, including webinars;
  • Remote gambling;
  • Subscriptions to online membership clubs;
  • Subscriptions to online journals;
  • Automated insurance.

GST rates

The term “taxable supplies” refers to supplies of goods and services that are liable to GST. The GST rates are the standard rate of 15% and the zero rate (0%). Some specific supplies have an effective rate of 9% through the GST valuation rules.

Late – registration penalties.

Penalties are assessed for a range of GST offenses, including the failure to make GST payments by the due date.

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