GST Special Alert – What do I have to do before 1 April 2023?

Even though the new GST invoicing rules still allow ‘tax invoices’ to be issued after 1 April 2023, make sure you think about:

Your accounts payable processes. Do your systems or staff automatically reject invoices which don’t have the words ‘tax invoice’ on them? If so, review this as your suppliers (and customers) may update their systems for the new rules. You may receive invoices after 1 April 2023 which don’t have these words on the invoice. The same will apply for credit notes, debit notes and buyer-created tax invoices.
Your information management systems. Review your systems to ensure supplier and customer databases can handle the taxable supply information requirements, especially recipient information (e.g. physical address and NZBN options).
Reviewing arrangements with suppliers and customers where buyer-created invoicing is more appropriate. Where you are entering into new buyer-created taxable supply information arrangements, you will need to retain the correct records (including copies of the agreements).
The time of supply rules. Certain transactions will have a different time of supply to the date the invoice is created. From 1 April 2023, the time of supply must be included in taxable supply information.
Training your staff on the new rules, including what is required to support GST input tax deductions. As well as a refresher on GST, it will also give you the opportunity to review supplier/customer arrangements and ensure all business/trade terms are current and comply with the new rules.
Progressing towards e-invoicing if you haven’t already. These new GST invoicing rules have been introduced to cater for technology and business processes. More efficient invoicing processes could benefit your business.

April 2023 is not that far away. Please contact us to help you assess what your business may need to do before then!

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