Do you earn extra money from sharing goods and services?

Running a business can be tough, so you may be doing other things outside your business to supplement your income, such as participating in the sharing economy.

What is the sharing economy?

The sharing economy connects buyers and sellers, usually through an app or a website. Sometimes sellers may bid against other sellers to win a job.

For example, you may be:

  • providing skilled or trade services, such as creating a website
  • completing odd jobs
  • ride-sourcing – transporting passengers for a fare
  • renting out a room, house or parking space.

What do you have to do?

You’ll have different obligations depending on what you’re doing. Some things to consider are:

  • If you’re providing goods or services for a fee, and it’s not a hobby, it’s assessable income. If you’re registered for GST through your current business, account for GST through your existing ABN and GST registration.
  • If you’re providing ride-sourcing services, you’ll need to charge and account for GST, regardless of your turnover.
  • If you’re renting out your main residence, you don’t need to pay GST but you’ll need to include this rental income in your return.

Source: ATO Newsroom

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