When you can use buyer-created tax invoices
Where both parties agree, any GST registered buyer purchasing from a GST registered seller can issue a buyer-created tax invoice. You do not need our approval.
The following examples show when you could use buyer-created tax invoices.
When the buyer determines the price
Buyer-created tax invoices are useful where the buyer is in a better position than the seller to determine the price of the goods or services.
For example, an abattoir buys sheep from a farmer. The abattoir weighs, slaughters and prices the sheep. It also determines other costs, such as levies.
The abattoir is in a better position than the farmer to issue a tax invoice.
When the buyer wants to standardise invoices
Buyer-created tax invoices help the producer standardise their invoicing system.
Buyer-created tax invoices are useful for buyers who buy the same goods or services from many sellers. As an example, a potato chip producer buys potatoes from many growers
Rules for buyer-created tax invoices
A buyer-created tax invoice must show:
- the standard information for a tax invoice
- the buyer and seller’s GST numbers
- 15% GST added to the gross supply of goods or services
- 15% GST added to any deductions or charges.
A buyer-created tax invoice can only be used if the buyer and the seller:
- are GST-registered
- agree that only the buyer will issue the tax invoice
- record the reasons for agreeing to buyer-created tax invoices (if the agreement is not part of the normal terms of business between the buyer and seller).
- keep a copy of the tax invoice.
Agreement between buyer and seller may be invalidated
We may invalidate the agreement before a supply because we consider 1 of the following applies:
- the buyer and seller have not complied with the agreement
- they have not recorded the reasons for the agreement where it is not part of their normal terms of business.