Australia Amends GST Act to Include Another Category of Drugs and Medicine Preparations that are now GST-Free

July 26, 2017 Erik Wallin

The Australian Parliament recently amended the GST Act of 1999, to add an additional category of drugs and medicine preparations, which are now included in the list of GST-free goods seen in section 38-50(6)(b) of the Australian GST Act. The new section, 38-50(6)(ba), states that a supply of a drug or medicinal preparation is GST-free, if that supply is authorized by the rules stated in sub-section 19(7A) of the Therapeutic Goods Act of 1989.

Sub-section 19(7A) of the Therapeutic Goods Act includes, drugs or medicine preparations made by “any health practitioner who is included in a specified class of health practitioners to supply: (a) specified therapeutic goods for use in the treatment of humans; or (b) a specified class of such goods”. Additional information, as well as the language of sub-section 19(7A) of the Therapeutic Goods Act can be seen here

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Erik Wallin

Erik Wallin is a Senior Tax Counsel on the Tax Research Team at Sovos Compliance. Erik has been with Sovos Compliance since 2011, and his main areas of focus are on U.S. Transaction Tax Law which includes special expertise in the taxation of technology and the taxation mechanisms that apply throughout the Colorado home rule jurisdictions. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, has a B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from New England School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University.

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