As a featured writer for Intuit Australia, we are pleased to share tips and tricks with you on how to manage your QuickBooks Online more efficiently.

As a default GST is not setup so you will need to switch this on.

  1. To setup GST:

On the left hand side navigation bar GST > Click Set up GST.


Complete the information required. Ensure you choose the correct GST method that you are registered for:

  • Cash or Accruals
  • Lodging frequency: monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly
  • Any PAYG instalments
  • Any other taxes such as WET, Luxury Car Tax, Fringe Benefit Tax or Fuel tax credit (QuickBooks Online will not generate codes for these additional taxes)

Click Rates & settings and the default tax codes are automatically generated. See the GST codes below.

The GST codes are to be used for either sales or purchases, and are separated as shown.

Sales Items Codes

  • GST: GST on sales 10%
  • GST free: GST free on sales 0%
  • Input tax: input taxes on Sales 0%
  • GST free export: GST free on Exports 0%
  • Out of Scope: sales items that are not related to GST 0%

Purchase Items Codes

  • GST on capital: GST if you have purchased any capital items 10%
  • GST on non-capital: GST on any purchases 10%
  • GST-free capital: GST free on capital items 0%
  • GST-free non-capital: GST free on any purchases  0%
  • Input tax: input tax on purchases 0%
  • Out of Scope: purchase items that are not related to GST 0%

IMPORTANT: If you unsure at all on how to add GST correctly into QuickBooks Online, do not attempt it. It is best to speak with a QuickBooks Online Pro-Adviser such as our team at BYBB to ensure it is completed correctly.


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