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Morrison won't block sites to get GST

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison has denied suggestions he will block foreign retailing websites which don't pay GST on the goods they sell in Australia.

From next July overseas businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 or more will need to collect GST on goods sold, but Mr Morrison's spokeswoman told AAP the government has no intention of blocking websites to enforce it.

She says the ATO is one of the many government agencies that may seek to have websites blocked to enforce the law, but it has never used this power because it is generally aimed at preventing the serious criminal activity, fraudulent sites and national security threats.

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