Australia and GST or VAT Changes 2014


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Australia and GST Changes 2014.

There are signs that the rate of the Goods and Services Tax [GST] in Australia may be on the table for an increase in the near future. Sometimes theses things are considered, but never actioned, but what are the REAL chances in an increase in the GST rate in Australia?

Q: How does Australia compare to other countries, with its current 10% rate of GST ?

A: It is between number 131 and 141, out of 152 countries that charge a GST/VAT

So the current rate is very low, and there is room for an upward movement.

Can a government bring in this change, especially the party that brought in GST originally ? I recall that all State Governments had to agree with the Federal Government to be able to implement any rate changes.


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Would the government increase benefits and pensions to compensate these benefit recipients from any increased costs in any change implemented? They did when the GST was first brought in.

Only questions so far, No answers.

This is the latest list of countries with their current rates, based on maximum rate, where more than one rate applies.

Current Rate – Country

  1. 40.00% Gambia
  2. 27.00% Hungary
  3. 25.50% Iceland
  4. 25.00% Croatia
  5. 25.00% Denmark
  6. 25.00% Faroe Islands
  7. 25.00% Norway
  8. 25.00% Sweden
  9. 25.00% Uzbekistan
  10. 24.00% Finland
  11. 24.00% Romania
  12. 23.00% Greece
  13. 23.00% Ireland
  14. 23.00% Poland
  15. 23.00% Portugal
  16. 22.00% Madeira
  17. 22.00% Uruguay
  18. 21.00% Argentina
  19. 21.00% Belgium
  20. 21.00% Czech Republic
  21. 21.00% Italy
  22. 21.00% Latvia
  23. 21.00% Lithuania
  24. 21.00% Netherlands
  25. 21.00% Spain
  26. 20.00% Albania
  27. 20.00% Armenia
  28. 20.00% Austria
  29. 20.00% Belarus
  30. 20.00% Bulgaria
  31. 20.00% Estonia
  32. 20.00% Isle of Man
  33. 20.00% Kyrgyzstan
  34. 20.00% Madagascar
  35. 20.00% Moldova
  36. 20.00% Morocco
  37. 20.00% Serbia
  38. 20.00% Slovak Republic
  39. 20.00% Slovenia
  40. 20.00% Tajikistan
  41. 20.00% Ukraine
  42. 20.00% United Kingdom
  43. 19.60% France
  44. 19.60% Monaco
  45. 19.25% Cameroon
  46. 19.00% Central African Republic
  47. 19.00% Chile
  48. 19.00% Germany
  49. 19.00% Niger
  50. 18.00% Azerbaijan
  51. 18.00% Benin
  52. 18.00% Brazil
  53. 18.00% Burkina Faso
  54. 18.00% Burundi
  55. 18.00% Chad
  56. 18.00% Cyprus
  57. 18.00% Dominican Republic
  58. 18.00% Gabon
  59. 18.00% Georgia
  60. 18.00% Guinea
  61. 18.00% Israel
  62. 18.00% Ivory Coast
  63. 18.00% Macedonia
  64. 18.00% Mali
  65. 18.00% Malta
  66. 18.00% Peru
  67. 18.00% Russia
  68. 18.00% Rwanda
  69. 18.00% Senegal
  70. 18.00% Tanzania
  71. 18.00% Togo
  72. 18.00% Tunisia
  73. 18.00% Turkey
  74. 18.00% Uganda
  75. 17.00% Algeria
  76. 17.00% Bosnia Herzegovina
  77. 17.00% China
  78. 17.00% Montenegro
  79. 17.00% Mozambique
  80. 17.00% Sudan
  81. 16.50% Malaai
  82. 16.00% Azores
  83. 16.00% Columbia
  84. 16.00% Democratic Republic of the Congo
  85. 16.00% Guytana
  86. 16.00% Jordan
  87. 16.00% Kenya
  88. 16.00% Kosovo
  89. 16.00% Mexico
  90. 16.00% Pakistan
  91. 16.00% Republic of Congo
  92. 16.00% Zambia
  93. 15.00% Antigua & Barbuda
  94. 15.00% Bangladesh
  95. 15.00% Canada
  96. 15.00% Cape Verde
  97. 15.00% Equatorial Guinea
  98. 15.00% Ethiopia
  99. 15.00% Fiji
  100. 15.00% Guinea-Bissau
  101. 15.00% Luxembourg
  102. 15.00% Mauritius
  103. 15.00% Namibia
  104. 15.00% New Zealand
  105. 15.00% Nicaragua
  106. 15.00% Samao
  107. 15.00% Seychelles
  108. 15.00% Sierra Leone
  109. 15.00% Tinga
  110. 15.00% Trinidad and Tobago
  111. 15.00% Turkmenistan
  112. 15.00% Zimbabwe
  113. 14.94% Bolivia
  114. 14.00% Lesotho
  115. 14.00% Mauritania
  116. 14.00% South Africa
  117. 13.00% Costa Rica
  118. 13.00% El Salvador
  119. 13.00% Nepal
  120. 13.00% Vanuatu
  121. 12.50% Ghana
  122. 12.50% India
  123. 12.00% Botswana
  124. 12.00% Ecuador
  125. 12.00% Guatemala
  126. 12.00% Honduras
  127. 12.00% Kazakhstan
  128. 12.00% Philippines
  129. 12.00% Sri Lanka
  130. 12.00% Venezuela
  131. 10.00% Australia
  132. 10.00% Cambodia
  133. 10.00% Egypt
  134. 10.00% Indonesia
  135. 10.00% Laos
  136. 10.00% Lebanon
  137. 10.00% Mongolia
  138. 10.00% Papua New Guinea
  139. 10.00% Paraguay
  140. 10.00% South Korea
  141. 10.00% Vietnam
  142. 8.00% Leichtenstein
  143. 8.00% Switzerland
  144. 7.00% Panama
  145. 7.00% Singapore
  146. 7.00% Thailand
  147. 5.00% Iran
  148. 5.00% Japan
  149. 5.00% Jersey
  150. 5.00% Nigeria
  151. 5.00% Niue
  152. 5.00% Taiwan

The United States is not included as they do NOT have a GST/VAT comparable system.

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