Uber Prices May Go Up After Australian Tax Office Crackdown

The sharing economy's tax free days Down Under are numbered.
The Australian Tax Office announced Wednesday that citizens earning money from services like Uber may have to register for the 10% Goods and Services Tax.
Uber drivers are now regarded as providing a "taxi service" by the ATO. That means drivers across Australia will have to register for the GST and apply for an Australian Business Number by August 1. GST obligations will apply regardless of turnover and from the very first customer. In other words, the tax man wants his share of the sharing economy.