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  • GST and Coffee

    Originally posted by 092A393932140F3E25282A254B0 link=1281443144/8#8 date=1281593956
    I know people who buy roasted fairtrade and feel good about it, possibly unaware that most of what they pay goes to the importer, roaster and our government as GST.

    There is no GST on greens.
    As far as I am aware roasted coffee is GST free:
    http://www.ato.gov.au/print.asp?doc=/Content/18694.htm
    "tea and coffee (unless ready-to-drink)"

    Off topic; is Cold press/brew "ready-to-drink" and therefore not GST free?

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    Re: GST and Coffee

    Originally posted by 4744565652445C250 link=1281596071/0#0 date=1281596070
    Off topic;
    Yes it was off topic so I have split it off and started another thread as its an interesting topic.

    Originally posted by 4744565652445C250 link=1281596071/0#0 date=1281596070
    As far as I am aware roasted coffee is GST free:
    Correct.


    Coffee green, roasted, whole bean, ground and even instant are all GST free.  As soon as its "wet" then it attracts GST.

    eg: Iced Coffee Big M, takeaway coffee, cafe coffee, filter, brew, espresso, cold press, drip.... all are wet so do have GST.

    as an aside... cocao, cocoa and tea come under the same tax rulings and are GST free while dry.

    The only variation to the "dry/wet" scenario is chocolate covered coffee beans which DO attract GST as they are ready to eat and the ATO considers them to be a delicacy.

    We all have A.C.T.A. the thank for the GST free status of coffee (and they deserve a plug here).  They lobbied the govt when GST was introduced.  The "coffee big boys" got together and made it happen. Thanks fellas!

    FYI: ACTA - Australian Coffee Traders Association www.acta.org.au

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    • #3
      Re: GST and Coffee

      So coffee is officially considered a necessity?
      Sounds about right to me.... 8-)

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      • #4
        Re: GST and Coffee

        As an ex customs broker, GST is not about necessity, it is about ready to consume or fresh produce, when dealing with food/drink. No real simple rules unfortunately.

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