Australia has officially confirmed it will treat Bitcoin “just like money” from this year and it will no longer be subject to double taxation.
In its budget summary for 2017-18, the government states that as part of its plan to “make it easier” for digital currency businesses to operate in the country. It will ensure that nowhere in the supply chain is general sales tax (GST) paid more than once.
“The Government will make it easier for new innovative digital currency businesses to operate in Australia,” the summary reads.
"From 1 July 2017, purchases of digital currency will no longer be subject to the GST, allowing digital currencies to be treated just like money for GST purposes. Currently, consumers who use digital currencies can effectively bear GST twice: once on the purchase of the digital currency and once again on its use in exchange for other goods and services subject to the GST.”