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No GST on Vehicle Emissions Duty

13 March 2008

The Minister for Treasury and Resources, Senator Terry Le Sueur lodged a proposal in February for Vehicle Registration Duty to be replaced by a Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED).  This will coincide with the introduction of a 3% Goods and Services Tax (GST) in May.  Senator Le Sueur has now agreed how motor dealers should account for GST on the sale of a motor vehicle where VED is also due, to avoid ‘double taxing’.   

Deputy Director, GST Robert Fox explained: “The invoices should be raised and issued to the customer to show the following details:

  • The price excluding GST and VED charged for the vehicle, but including any additional optional features (for example, special upholstery, satnav, paint scheme, and so on);
  • GST at 3% on this price;
  • Vehicle Emission Duty and Registration fee as a separate charge, not subject to GST.  VED calculated with reference to tables in the Customs and Excise Law.
  • Any charges you make that are exempt from GST, such as insurance or an additional warranty, should also be shown separately.”  

    Senator Le Sueur added: “I wanted to be sure that there was no confusion or ‘double charging’ of GST on top of VED.  I, and the GST team, have been talking to a broad range of people and professions and this is one specialist areas that we have issued information on.  All these specialist booklets and public information are available on our website”  


    Notes to editors

    1.      For further information please contact Senator Le Sueur on 07797 718798 N.B. Senator Le Sueur is not available before 10am and is in the States today.  His availability will therefore be limited.

    2.      Should Senator Le Sueur’s proposal to delay the implementation date of GST to 6 May be accepted the introduction of VED will also be delayed to this date.

    3.      Please address any enquiries on VED to Customs on 448000 or email

    4.      Alternatively any GST enquiries should be sent to the GST Help Desk 440555 or


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