What is GST basis?

The GST basis determines how you claim and return GST in your business.

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Written by Customer Success Team
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In Farm Focus you can select whether your business is payment or invoice basis for GST. Go to Settings > Financials.

  • Payments basis
    You claim or return GST based on the date payment is made/received in your bank account. In Australia this is called Cash basis.

    This is the more commonly used of the two options.

  • Invoice basis
    You claim or return GST based on the invoice date on invoices and credit notes. In Australia this is called Accrual basis.

You can change the basis of your GST but before doing so we strongly advise you to consult your accountant. Changing GST basis can be complex, if you do decide to change your GST basis, ensure everything is filed in the correct GST period. This can be especially problematic with partially paid invoices.

What about Hybrid basis?

Hybrid basis is another GST basis that uses a combination of payments and invoice basis.  It's not as popular as it can get complex.

However, if you are moving to a hybrid GST basis, talk to our Customer Success Team and they can help you to set up your Farm Focus business for it.

If you want more information about GST, visit IRD’s website.

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