Department of Home Affairs plans new tax on parcels being posted to Australia

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Australian shoppers would have to pay a $5 tax on every parcel posted from overseas under a federal government plan to cover skyrocketing security screening costs.

Parcels containing purchases like clothing, makeup and books worth less than $1000 – which now represent 90 per cent of deliveries entering Australia – would attract the new tax.

The Department of Home Affairs proposal will provoke opposition from online retailers like eBay and Amazon, as well as delivery providers who have warned the full cost would passed on to consumers already preparing to pay GST on small online purchases from July 1.

via Department of Home Affairs plans new tax on parcels being posted to Australia

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