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Adding GST and issuing tax invoices


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Calculating GST and issuing tax invoices

If you’re a GST-registered business you must add GST to your prices. You also need to issue GST invoices to customers so they know the amount of GST being added to the bill and the total cost.

Let’s take a look at the maths and requirements of both.

How to add GST to prices

Once you're GST registered, you will need to put prices up by 15%. There's a very simple formula for doing that:

How to calculate GST

You can find useful GST calculators on the web – just search for ‘NZ GST calculator’. And don't forget that GST will not affect the prices of goods or services that are zero-ratedGST-exempt, or classified as special supplies.

What are tax invoices?

A tax invoice tells a customer how much GST they paid on a purchase. It’s important information because some of your customers may be able to claim that tax back. If you’re GST registered, you must issue a GST invoice on request.

Tax invoice example

Here’s what you need to put on a tax invoice.

How to issue a tax invoice

Receipts versus tax invoices

A receipt printed at point of sale is called a tax invoice if it has all of this information on it. But don’t forget it must contain the words ‘tax invoice’.


Chapter 4: Claiming GST (and input tax credits)

Find out about the GST you can claim back from IRD on business expenses and on GST you’ve already paid.

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