Amazon geoblocks Australia from US site as tax change kicks in

Amazon geoblocks Australia from US site as tax change kicks in

"We have taken this step to provide our customers with continued access to worldwide selection and allow us to remain compliant with the law which requires us to collect and remit GST on products sold on Amazon sites that are shipped from overseas", said Amazon.

Currently GST is only charged on items bought from overseas sites and shipped to Australia if they're worth more than $1000.

Australian customers will no longer be able to use the Amazon US website from July 1.

The government would not back down on the new tax rules, which would raise AU$300 million a year, Morrison said.

New Zealand had also already applied GST to digital services from offshore, such as Netflix in 2016.

Australian users weren't happy with their government's decision, and are calling the GST as the "Amazon tax".

"We have taken this step to provide our customers with continued access to global selection and allow us to remain compliant with the law, which requires us to collect and remit GST on products sold on Amazon sites that are shipped from overseas", Amazon is reported as saying.

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Amazon announced plans to block Australian users from ordering from its main United States store (Amazon.com) and will redirect customers to its local Australian site (Amazon.com.au) instead.

Amazon is launching a global store accessible to Australian customers, where products from its retail site will be available.

The retailer said it would compensate by opening a "global store" for Australians, adding an extra four million items previously available only on its American website.

The move will likely drive traffic to Amazon's Australian website, testing the patience of shoppers who have complained about its thin product range - a tenth the range of its US site - and uncompetitive prices since it began taking orders in December.

"If multinationals aren't forced to pay their fair share of tax, they will have a competitive advantage over retailers here in Australia, on our own main streets and in our shopping centers".

"A level playing field will help Australian businesses grow and create more jobs and opportunities", the Treasurer's spokesperson is reported to have said.

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