Alternate Australian GST setup
The following GST scheme is used by MYOB BussinessBasics.
Since GST is money you owe the government (or visa versa) you create an account called:
Then, to make your balance sheet more informative, you create two sub accounts:
Whenever you receive income you record the GST component in Liabilities:GST:Collected and whenever you make a purchase you record the GST component in Liabilities:GST:Paid.
At the end of each accounting period if you owe the government money then you record the amount you paid it in Liabilities:GST:Paid. Or if the government owes you money then the amount you receive should be recorded in Liabilities:GST:Collected.
This simple scheme can easily be modified to be the same as the 3-account system. In this scheme Liabilities:GST:Paid is exactly the same as in the 3-account system, but Liabilities:GST:Collected is given the rather confusing name of Liabilities:GST:Payable. To move to the 3-account system all you need to do is create a new account called:
This is where all of the GST money you pay the government is recorded. In the 3-account system this account is called Liabilities:GST:Payments.
Another variation of the 3-account setup is to have the BAS payments (or refunds) as seperate sub-accounts, rather then entering the transactions directly in the Collected and Paid accounts.
- Collected (gst received from sales)
- BAS (net gst payments to ATO)
- Paid (gst paid on purchases)
- BAS (net gst refunds from ATO)
You are free to change the names to be more explicit if it makes things easier for you :)
- GST Received (gst received from sales)
- BAS Payments (net gst payments to ATO)
- GST Paid (gst paid on purchases)
- BAS Refunds (net gst refunds from ATO)