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Google Charging GST on AdWords Click Spend in Australia

A week or so ago, Google sent an email out to Australian AdWords and Google App clients indicating that as of Nov 1st, 2016, GST will be charged on all Google products.

Here is a copy of the email:

Dear AdWords Advertiser,

This email is to inform you of important changes to the Advertising Terms affecting your AdWords account [YOUR ACCOUNT]

1. Assignment

With effect from 1 November 2016, SG is assigning your advertising contract, including any amendments and related agreements (such as Service Agreements), to Google Australia Pty Ltd. This means that from that date, Google Australia Pty Ltd will be bound by the terms of the contract and will be providing the service to you and invoicing you for the service.

2. GST

Google Australia Pty Ltd is required by law to charge 10% GST (Goods and Service Tax) on its services so you will see this appear as a new line item on your monthly statement from 1 November 2016.

Please contact your tax advisor if you have any questions regarding the tax consequences of this change.

3. Changes to the Advertising Terms

On 1 November 2016, certain sections of the Advertising Terms will be changed. A copy of the updated Advertising Terms is now available here. From 1 November 2016, those new Advertising Terms will be available in the terms and conditions finder, here.

Neither the assignment nor changes to the Advertising Terms should cause any interruption to your service. Your payment method will continue to be charged automatically, as in the past.
If you have any questions regarding these changes please click here to contact us.

Sincerely,
The Google AdWords Team
SG
Google Asia Pacific

How will GST be charged in AdWords?

While there was some confusion with the initial announcement as to whether GST will be inclusive or exclusive, we can now confirm that GST will be exclusive.

This means that, if you are paying Google directly for your click spend (e.g. via credit card), your AdWords spend will remain as is and Google will be charging an extra 10% on top of your current spend as an additional line item.

What does this mean for your business?

If your business is registered for GST, not much is going to change (except for cash flow of course). You can still claim credits for this GST at BAS time.

If your business is not registered for GST, then this will likely hit your hip pocket.

What to do next?

It’s our recommendation that you inform your tax consultants/finance department of these changes so they can be prepared for this come BAS time.

 

Paul Goldston

Digital Creative Director

As Digital Creative Director at Reload Media, Paul looks after digital campaign ideation, product diversification, Reload Media's marketing activity, internal education and basically everything and anything digital. Coming from a background in performance marketing (as Reload's very first full-time PPC…