Since GST is essentially the same thing as value-added tax, you're free to use our popular margin and VAT, which lets you combine a price hike due to your gross margin and the tax on goods and services. Besides, if you are living in the United States, you might be more interested in sales tax, which is another form of consumption tax. Keep reading to find out:

• What is GST?
• How to calculate GST?

## What is GST - GST definition

Goods and Services Tax is the same thing as VAT (value-added tax), so the GST definition is... well, the same. It is imposed on goods and services on every level of the distribution chain. For example, factory adds it when it sells it to a wholesaler. Wholesaler adds it when it sells it to a retailer, but it can get the original amount returned. So in effect, the tax added on this level is applied only to the difference in net price between the manufacturer and the wholesaler. The same rule applies with every next transaction with one exemption - the final consumer cannot get the tax refund, since he is the last in this chain. It boils down to two things:

• the amount the government collects equals to the amount paid on the last transaction.
• the government is sure to collect the tax, since it's collected when every consecutive transaction happens.

## How to calculate GST

1. Determine the net price (the price without the GST). Let's make it `€40`.
2. Find out the GST rate. It will be `10%` in our example. If expressed in percentages, divide it by `100`. So it's `10 / 100 = 0.1`.
3. To calculate the tax amount: multiply the net price by GST rate. `\$40 * 0.1 = €4`.
4. To determine the gross price: multiply the net price by GST (again, we'd get `€4`) rate and then:
5. Add it to the VAT exclusive price. `€40 + €4 = €44`.

This is simply a case of an percentage increase calculation and this is what you'd do in any net to gross situation.

## Australian GST calculator

The core rules in Australia are the same as everywhere else where VAT is used. As is the case in many other countries, Australia exempts certain essential goods from being subjected to the tax. Also, businesses with annual turnover below `\$75000` do not have to register for GST and don't have to collect it on goods or services. If your business is GST-registered and purchases goods or services for consumption or resupplement to an end customer, it can get a refund on the tax paid on those purchases, therefore effectively there is no GST payment on those supplies for your enterprise.