Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the Government is proposing to require offshore companies to collect GST on all goods sold to New Zealand consumers.
He has released a discussion document and submissions may be made on the proposals until 29 June 2018.
GST has always been payable on low-value goods but Customs has not found it cost-effective to collect it when it is $60 or less. GST is collected at the border for goods valued over $400.
The proposal means GST will be charged at the point of sale when the value of the goods is NZ$400 or less. Offshore retailers would be required to register and collect GST if their total sales to New Zealand consumers exceed NZ$60,000 per annum.
The changes will take effect from 1 October 2019.