Australia to tax online book orders shipped from abroad

(21 August 2017) Starting July 1, 2018, Australia will begin collecting a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia, and shipped from abroad.

The new regulation, which was agreed upon in June, comes after significant lobbying from Australian retailers, including the Australian Booksellers Association. The Booksellers Association has claimed its members are at a disadvantage under the current tax system. The Australian retailers say overseas companies were taking advantage of a regulation placing taxes only on imported items shipped from abroad that were valued at AUS$1,000 or more.

PublishersWeekly.com has the story in full by Ed Nawotka.