Media Release

Strengthening The Integrity Of GST On Precious Metals

MC 36/17

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Acting Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
Senator for Western Australia

20 June 2017

The Government has successfully passed legislation to combat GST fraud in the gold trading industry.

The passage of the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Integrity) Bill 2017 prevents entities from exploiting loopholes in the GST law or committing fraud to avoid remitting GST where it is owed or claiming input tax credits where no GST has been paid.

Under the new law, entities buying gold, silver and platinum products that attract GST must pay the GST directly to the ATO instead of paying it to the seller to remit later to the ATO. This prevents sellers of precious metals from phoenixing without remitting the GST owed.

The legislation also clarifies that precious metals are not second-hand goods. This ensures that businesses cannot claim GST credits on the purchase of precious metals which are altered to be treated as second-hand goods.

To ensure this activity does not simply shift from gold to other metals, the amendments also apply to goods containing silver and platinum.

Guidance on the application of these new measures and other materials related to the changes can be found on the ATO website.

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