Re: Here comes the drill...
You didn't read the article throughly.
"If you provide ride-sourcing services, you are providing ‘taxi travel’ services. This is because you make a car available for public hire and use it to transport passengers for a fare.
Under the GST law, if you carry on an enterprise and you provide taxi travel services in that enterprise you are required to be registered for GST regardless of your turnover."
Read it again.
If you provide 'taxi travel' services then you must register for GST 'regardless of your turnover'. That's always been the case and it applies to all the current operators. Up until now, however, it has not applied to Uber because they claim they provide 'ride sharing' rather than 'taxi travel' services.
This ruling is not really saying that Uber drivers, as a specific category, must register for GST; what it is saying is that Uber drivers fall under the existing category for 'taxi travel services'* and so must adhere to the same rules. That is, they must register for GST.
I haven't down-voted you because I am giving you the benefit of the doubt that you simply didn't understand what was written in the article. To make it perfectly clear:
1. Taxi drivers must register for the GST
2. Uber 'ride share' drivers are to be considered as taxi drivers
3. Uber drivers must register for GST
This is what I am talking about when I say that Uber is undercutting the existing taxi drivers (some 80-90% of whom are sole license owners) by providing the same service while refusing to abide by the same regulations.
Uber drivers are not being subjected to some kind of special, targeted 'Uber tax', designed to disadvantage them in favour of the current providers; they are simply being told they need to follow the same GST legislation that taxi drivers do.
So, when you say:
"How DARE the People attempt to get around the clammy hand of Bureaucracy in this way?"
What it really means is:
"How DARE Uber drivers and the massive, 40 billion-dollar, Google, Goldman Sachs, Baidu-backed company behind them attempt to avoid registering for the GST by making up a new word (ride-sharing) for 'taxi' and processing all payments offshore?"
I agree - how dare they? Well, at least while still trying to paint themselves as some kind benevolent, 'yay sharing economy' saviour of people and opponent of the greedy government and corrupt taxi industry.
* - This is because, as explained, they fall under the same definition - someone who "make[s] a car available for public hire and use[s] it to transport passengers for a fare". Just calling it 'ride sharing' or 'ride sourcing' doesn't change what the service is - or at least it shouldn't.