GST on goods sold overseas via an e-commerce site

Should you include GST on products that you are selling on your e-commerce website for overseas customers?

Note: The information below is relevant to businesses based in New Zealand only.

At the time of writing this article (12 May 2010) advice provided to us by the IRD was that for purchases that are exported within 28 days of having been purchased you charge GST at 0%.

You must include a reference to GST on the tax invoice that you send to the purchaser. For example it could read: GST content of 0%.

Please refer to the IRD and/or your accountant for clarification on this. We accept no responsibility if the information in this article is incorrect or out of date.

You can also find out more about this on the the GST guide IR375 page of the Inland Revenues website.