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What is GST (And Which Countries Have It)?

What is GST (And Which Countries Have It)?

If you’re a US eCommerce seller, GST may not even be on your radar. We don’t blame you. With so many countries in the world implementing their own tax schemes, consumption taxes can get real complicated, real fast. 

So here’s what you need to know. GST stands for “goods and services tax.” Like VAT, GST is typically charged at every stage of production. And like US sales tax, it’s typically levied as a flat-rate percentage, based on the value of the transaction.

If you only ever sell to US customers, you may never need to dip your toes into the complicated waters of GST. But if you begin selling internationally, it can be helpful to know which countries have GST.

Which Countries Charge GST?

To date, roughly 160 countries have adopted a GST or VAT scheme, according to data provided by the Malaysian government’s Treasury department.

Countries with GST

Your GST Obligations

Just to make things even more confusing, the list above changes regularly as new countries adopt or change their VAT/GST schemes. Why deal with the hassle of keeping everything straight?

If you’re going to be selling into one of the countries above, trust a partner like Quaderno to manage your GST obligations. Enroll in a free trial now to see how effortless GST compliance can be.

Note: At Quaderno we love providing helpful information and best practices about taxes, but we are not certified tax advisors. For further help, or if you are ever in doubt, please consult a professional tax advisor or the tax authorities.