GST, noun

Forms:
Also gst.
historical
Abbreviation of General Sales Tax, a tax applied at the point of sale to all items except basic foods and essential services. Also attributive.
Note:
Introduced in 1978; replaced by VAT in October, 1991.
1978 Financial Mail 7 Apr. 40The voteless blacks in the ‘white areas’ of SA will be the hardest hit by the new 4% General Sales Tax (GST) on practically all goods and services.
1981 Bona Jan. 16It (sc. soya mince) gives your family a tasty, nutritious meal at less than 15 cents a serving (G.S.T. excluded)!
1985 Argus 24 Jan. 1The Government would be forced to increase taxation — most likely through GST — to bring in an additional R1 000-million to balance its books.
1989 Spar Woman’s Focus 3 July 7Your Spar guide to 13% GST tables.
1990 K. Mkhize in M. Kentridge Unofficial War 117I was at a funeral of an Edendale tycoon whose five and half grand casket (GST excluded) had to fly into the grave because time was expiring.
1992 [see general dealer sense 1].
Abbreviation of General Sales Tax, a tax applied at the point of sale to all items except basic foods and essential services. Also attributive.

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