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When to Register Your Business for GST

When to Register Your Business for GST

When to Register Your Business for GST

Should you register your business for GST?

Many business owners register their businesses from day one, regardless of income. Others, for example, many sole traders, choose not to register for GST until it is mandatory.

However, it is common that new businesses don’t realise they have exceeded the income threshold at which they must register! This can result in having to pay GST on sales to the ATO even if you haven’t included it in your prices – so you could lose one-eleventh of your income.

When is GST Registration Compulsory?

Your business must register for GST when it makes $75,000 income within a financial year. If you’re regularly making $6,250 or more each month, it’s time to check whether you should register for GST.

It’s good practice to check your turnover every quarter, and when you are getting close to the threshold, check every month. If you’re not yet using online accounting software, talk to us about your options, as this will make reporting and preparing for GST registration much easier.

You must register for GST within 21 days of reaching the threshold.

Special Rules

  • You can voluntarily register even if your turnover is less than $75,000. This means you can complete an annual BAS if you prefer.
  • If you’re making money through a ride-sharing platform like Uber, you must register for GST immediately. All commercial driving income, regardless of turnover, is subject to GST registration.
  • If you want to claim fuel tax credits, you must register.
  • If your business is a not for profit, the registration threshold is $150,000 per financial year.
  • If you’re not an Australian resident business, the rules for working out GST turnover are different, so talk to us before registering.

Need Help?

When starting a new business, there are many decisions to make, and GST registration is just one of them. Get in contact about the benefits of registering, and we'll help you get set up on appropriate accounting software to help you on your way to business success.

Benefits of a BAS Agent for your business

The benefits of engaging a BAS Agent for your business

Do you spend too much time on your accounts? It could be time to engage the services of a BAS agent to help you with bookkeeping and ATO reporting.

Working with a BAS agent can benefit your business more than you may realise! We’d love to talk about how we can help save you time and money.

Many business owners starting out try to save on costs by doing their own bookkeeping, but this is one of the first tasks you can outsource to give yourself time and save money. If you can work on your business to generate more sales, why spend that valuable time on administration and accounts management?

A BAS agent is a registered tax professional who can provide a greater variety of services than a bookkeeper. BAS agents are trained in the complexities of GST and other laws – meaning you don't have to become an expert in areas that are not your passion or skillset.

What a BAS Agent can do for your business

Once the agent has become familiar with your business operations, they can not only take care of the transactional recording, financial reporting and compliance requirements, but they can assist you in better understanding your day-to-day business performance. A

BAS agent can become a trusted member of your management team along with your tax agent, providing accurate and timely financial advice and insights to help you make better business decisions and plan for long-term success.

BAS Services

A BAS agent can ascertain and advise the business owner on correct liability amounts and submit statutory reports to the ATO and other agencies on behalf of the owner.

BAS provisions include determining GST liabilities, PAYG withholding obligations, employee superannuation contributions, and submitting taxable payments reports and Single Touch Payroll.

What makes a great BAS Agent?

Professional BAS agents keep up with ongoing education and development, use industry best practices, take the time to ask questions and understand your organisation, and do their best to assist and advise your business.

They will work proactively to support the business by ensuring the integrity of the accounts and providing accurate financial reports. They will be able to discuss your business’s financial health, assess operations and systems, and give you valuable advice.

If you think it’s time to engage a professional BAS agent, get in touch and let’s talk about how this can benefit your business and save you time and money.

The low down on GST and your small business

Is your small business registered for GST? You might not be entirely confident of your projected earnings, so it’s fine to hold off until you’re sure you’ll hit the threshold. But it’s important to monitor your profit closely so that you don’t pay extra. #smallbiz #taxtalk

When you set up a new small business, you’ll have the option to register for GST. Here’s what you need to know about this responsibility.

The first thing you should do is decide whether you’ll register for GST immediately or wait until you hit the earning threshold of $75,000. When you start a new business, you might not be entirely confident of your projected earnings, so it’s fine to hold off until you’re sure you’ll hit the threshold. Once you do reach $75,000, you have 21 days to register.

Understanding your GST turnover

The $75,000 turnover figure represents your gross business income - not your profit. There are some exclusions, like sales outside of Australia, and any sales that are not for payment, meaning they aren’t taxable.

It’s important to monitor your profit closely because if you fail to register, you may have to pay GST on any sales since the date you were supposed to register. And because you won’t have included any GST in those sale prices, you could lose money. Additionally, there could be interest or penalties imposed.

Once you’re registered

When you’ve hit the threshold and you’re registered for GST, you’ll add the 10% amount to the price of your product or services. Don’t make the mistake of considering this money as part of your profit. You’re merely collecting it to pay to the ATO. It’s really important to establish good business accounting practices to make sure that you’re keeping this money separate.

We make dealing with GST simple - so you can focus on running your business. Make a time to talk to us about GST for your business.