On December 1, 2019, New Zealand implemented legislation to impose Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the sale of items that have a customs value of $1,000 NZD or less (Low Value Goods or LVG) sold by a seller with a place of establishment outside of New Zealand to customers in New Zealand. Based on this, Amazon is required to calculate, collect and remit 15% GST on LVG sold on Amazon.com by sellers with a place of establishment outside of New Zealand and shipped to a New Zealand address.
Beginning December 1, 2019, Amazon will automatically calculate, collect, and remit GST at the rate of 15% on items classified as LVG for New Zealand GST purposes. The GST will be added to the price and delivery charges that you have set in Seller Central.
If your merchant business address in Seller Central is not in New Zealand, Amazon will calculate, collect and remit the GST on LVG directly to the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD).
If your merchant business address in Seller Central is in New Zealand, you remain responsible for collecting and remitting applicable GST on items you sell on Amazon.com that you ship to/within New Zealand. Please seek individual tax advice if you are unclear about your obligations.
Amazon fulfilled packages already have the necessary information to clear New Zealand customs, and you do not need to take any additional steps.
Seller fulfilled packages will require additional information in order to pass customs in New Zealand. For further details, please review the Ship to New Zealand: required customs documentation for seller fulfilled items Help Page to review the necessary information required for your package to clear customs in New Zealand.
On the Order Details page under the Tax Collection Model section, each order that is subject to LVG GST will be identified as “LowValueGoods”, and the “Collection Responsible Party” will be Amazon.
You can use the Date Range Reports page to generate individual transaction reports for a specific date range. Additionally, inside the monthly Sales Tax Reports, you can find monthly transactions that are subject to LVG GST. The Tax Collection Model for LVG shipped to New Zealand will be “LowValueGoods”.
Amazon determines your place of establishment by looking at your Seller Business Address on Seller Central. If your merchant business address is outside of New Zealand, Amazon will calculate, collect, and remit GST at the rate of 15% for items classified as LVG.
If your Merchant Business Address is in New Zealand, Amazon is not responsible for calculating, collecting, or remitting GST and you remain responsible for collecting and remitting applicable GST on items you sell on Amazon.com that you ship to/within New Zealand.
You must provide Amazon with accurate information on Seller Central. Failure to do so may be a breach of law and result in Amazon incorrectly calculating the GST payable. Miss representing your place of establishment may also have other consequences and result in action being taken by Amazon on your Seller Account, including termination of your Seller Account. Items shipped from outside of New Zealand that do not include the required customs documentation and that have not had GST collected may be held up at customs and may be seized, incur delays, or be subject to fines or other consequences. In addition, if the customer does not receive their order, you will not be paid for the sale.
When shipping LVG, the 15% GST will be displayed in your order details. GST applies on the item and any additional charges, including shipping and gift wrap charges. GST applies to each LVG item in an order, regardless of the total value of all items in an order. Amazon will calculate the GST at checkout, so the sale price you set for the item and delivery charges on your account is exclusive of GST. The customer is charged the 15% GST in addition to the sale price and delivery charges you set.
All items sold on Amazon.com that are less than $1,000 NZD are taxable items subject to GST in New Zealand.
No, Amazon will not charge sellers a fee for calculating, collecting, and remitting GST for LVG shipped to New Zealand.
If the items sold are LVG, ask the customer to contact Amazon. Amazon will handle all customer inquiries related to LVG GST.
This item would not be subject to LVG GST because its customs value is greater than $1,000 NZD. As a result, 15% GST will not be assessed, collected, or remitted by Amazon.
However, GST, customs duty, and other import processing charges may apply. To enable the item to clear customs you will need to contact your carrier or obtain your own tax advice to determine the amounts payable, ensure that you provide the right information, and ensure that you provide sufficient funds to the carrier to cover these amounts. Amazon will not calculate, collect or remit any GST payable for these items.
Where the customer is entitled to a refund, you will be expected to provide a full refund (subject to any applicable delivery charges payable by the buyer), excluding the GST that was withheld by Amazon. Amazon will refund the GST to the customer.