Changes made to the GST treatment of digital currency

20th December 2017

Small businesses are being reminded that if they are using digital currencies such as Bitcoin, they were required to pay GST twice. Firstly, on the purchase of the digital currency and secondly, when using the digital currency to make purchases on items already subject to GST.

The ATO has highlighted that recent law changes, as of 1 July this year, purchases of digital currency are no longer subject to GST.

Therefore, sales and purchases of digital currency have no GST implications. 

Using digital currency to pay for purchases of goods and services is now the same as using money.

To find out more about GST and removing the double taxation of digital currency, please visit the ATO website here.