GST ‘ Countertrade Transactions

GST, Public
Author: Steve Griffiths
1 Feb 2017

In our November 2016 Tax Update we discussed the difficulties caused for GST compliance where consideration is provided in non-monetary form.

The difficulties led the ATO to issue Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2016/18 GST and countertrade transactions. PCG 2016/18 is intended to relieve taxpayers from strict GST compliance for certain transactions where consideration is provided in a non-monetary form.

A matter that was initially unclear to us in PCG 2016/18 was whether transactions intended to be covered by it could effectively be ignored for Business Activity Statement reporting purposes.

The ATO has now confirmed that, whilst a taxpayer may opt to continue to report a countertrade transaction in Business Activities Statement (using the concessional approach provided by PCG 2016/18), where the terms of PCG 2016/18 are met it is not necessary for the transaction to be reported.

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