Registering For GST

When to register

If you’re not registered for GST, check each month to see if you’ve reached the threshold, or are likely to exceed it. You need to register within 21 days of your GST turnover exceeding the relevant threshold.

You must register for GST:

  • when your business or enterprise has a GST turnover (gross income from all businesses minus GST) of $75,000 or more – see Working out your GST turnover
  • when you start a new business and expect your turnover to reach the GST threshold (or more) in the first year of operation
  • if you’re already in business and have reached the GST threshold
  • if your non-profit organisation has a GST turnover of $150,000 per year or more
  • when you provide taxi or limousine travel for passengers (including ride-sourcing) regardless of your GST turnover – this applies to both owner drivers and if you lease or rent a taxi
  • if you want to claim fuel tax credits for your business or enterprise.

Registering for GST is optional if your business or enterprise doesn’t fit into one of these categories. If you choose to register, generally you must stay registered for at least 12 months.

How to register

Before you register for standard GST, you need to have an Australian business number (ABN). You can get an ABN when you first register your business name or at a later time.

Once you have an ABN, you can register for GST:    

We’ll notify you in writing of your GST registration details, including the date your registration is effective, and your ABN details if you haven’t already received them.

GST registration | Australian Taxation Office (ato.gov.au)

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