GST $1000 threshold: retailers’ share in more trouble than Harvey’s image

by Richard Denniss in Crikey
Originally published in Crikey on January 20, 2011

Henry Rosenbloom, founder and publisher of Scribe, argues that while there are good political arguments for maintaining the $1000 threshold for imposing GST on imported goods, there are no reasons of “principle” for doing so. If that’s the strongest argument that can be mounted in defence of the big retailers, then their market share is likely to be in more trouble than Gerry Harvey’s public image. The GST was designed according to three separate, and at times competing, principles; efficiency, simplicity and equity.

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