If a GST-registered person sells goods via the internet and the goods are physically supplied to a customer in New Zealand, GST is chargeable at 15%.
If goods are sold via the internet and physically supplied to customers overseas the sales can be zero-rated for GST purposes. It is important to prove the goods have been exported (entered for export by the supplier) and sufficient evidence should be held to prove the export.
If a GST-registered person sells digital products via the internet which are downloaded such as music, software or digital books, to a New Zealand customer they must charge 15% GST. (These products are treated as services for GST purposes).
If digital products are sold via the internet and downloaded by an overseas customer, they can be zero-rated but it is important to prove that the products are “exported” otherwise GST must be charged.
Cornish Accounting can provide online sales advice and take care of you taxation responsibilities.