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GST and ATO

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Luisa View Drop Down
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    Posted: 23/February/2018 at 23:03
I've started a small business and think I've made a mistake re GST. It's a small business and I did not register for GST as I won't get anywhere near the turnover. However my husband said I still need to charge GST and then pay it on the ATO at the end of the year. I have not had a business before, but he has so I relied on his advice.
I now think I've made a big mistake. I have charged GST on the 2 invoices I've issued. Should I now register for GST? Even though I'm well below the threshold.
Or should I just refund the unwarranted GST to the clients?
Which is easier? Will either option get me in strife with the ATO?
Sorry I couldn't find which forum to put this in.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24/February/2018 at 00:09
To see if you need to register for GST take a look at this page

On this you will see that if you are not required to register you can still optionally register. Having been in this position, my thoughts are that you should not register, you will save yourself a lot of paperwork by not being registered. But check with an accountant.

I believe that the incorrectly charges GST should be refunded, but confirm this with an accountant or the tax office. If you do so refund have the recipient sign a receipt that clearly shows they have received a refund of incorrectly charged GST. Keep that receipt in a safe place.





Edited by citizen-joe - 24/February/2018 at 00:10

Luisa View Drop Down
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  Quote Luisa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24/February/2018 at 11:08
Thank you.
I know I do not have to register.
I'm concerned to find the easiest way 'out' without being deceptive or breaking the law.
So far I have only had two payments in so a refund will be easier to organise I suspect, if teh ATO is happy with that.
Thank you CitizenJoe, I will contact the ATO on Monday.
I feel much better now, thank you again.

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