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Turning off GST in Self Employed

Hi guys! Desperate for help! I must have somehow turned on GST in my personal Self Employed file and I do not need to charge GST. How do I turn this off? My file is older than 90 days old and I can't find help anywhere! Desperate to invoice clients! Thanks
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Turning off GST in Self Employed

Hello there, mh1972,


Turning off GST in QuickBooks Self-Employed is easy. You can do it with three steps, here's how:


  1. Click the Gear icon.
  2. Select GST setup under Taxes.
  3. Click Stop managing GST.

Also, creating invoices in QBSE is simple: Easy invoicing in QuickBooks Self-Employed.


Let me know if you have more questions about QBSE.

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Turning off GST in Self Employed

Unfortunately this also deletes your ABN number and you won't be able to input the ABN manually.


Obviously, the intuit developers do not understand the law in Australia. 


You MUST show your ABN on your invoices, whether you're registered for GST or not. 


I like this simple invoicing program over the alternatives at Xero and MYOB, but if it is not compliant with our law it's rather useless. 


Turning off GST in Self Employed

Hi there, Marina24.


I appreciate you joining the thread and bringing this situation to our attention.


QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE) provides the functionality to charge the GST on Invoices. When GST is enabled on an invoice, all line items will be required to designated to include or exclude GST, and then QBSE will calculate the total GST as a subtotal line at the bottom of the invoice. If there are no line items that are marked for GST, the Invoice preview will not show the 10% GST subtotal reference line, and the Invoice will display GST not included as a result.


I understand how the workflow you're looking for would be beneficial to your business. Though our Feedback Board has been closed, I can pass it along here on my end.


To give you more of an idea on how QBSE works, you can visit this website:


there's anything else I can do for you, please let me know by commenting below. I'm more than happy to offer additional assistance.

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Turning off GST in Self Employed

I have seen on many threads now about the disfunction of some aspects of Quickbooks Self Employed. Namely, the inability to create an invoice and mark as paid BEFORE sending to client (so they don't have to receive two emails - especially if they paid at time of service and/or don't need to receive an invoice/receipt at all). Also, why can you not add your ABN if you do not pay GST? This is law. Not everyone is required to charge/pay GST but EVERYONE is required to have their ABN on their invoices. The developers need to be made aware of these things if they are going to create products for this region. We need it to work for us. Please pass on urgent need for small changes.


Turning off GST in Self Employed

Hi siouxsu,


In QuickBooks Self-Employed, you'll need to send the invoice first before you can mark it as paid. Also, you can add ABN on your invoices even if you're not registered for GST by following these steps.


  1. Go to Gear icon and select GST setup.
  2. On How do you want to charge GST on invoices? drop-down menu, select Inclusive or Exclusive.
  3. Enter ABN and select Save
  4. Once you create an invoice, make sure that Apply GST option is turn off so that no tax will be calculated on your invoices.

I can see how helpful for you and your business to be able to record an invoice payment before sending it to your customers and adding ABN on invoices if you're not registered for GST. 


If you wish to provide feedback for this feature to return, please see the steps below to raise this with our product team:


1.) Select the Assistant tab in the top right

2.) Then type 'Feedback' to begin the process.


Don't hesitate to drop a comment below if you have other questions.