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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a comprehensive, multi-stage, destination-based tax that is levied on every value addition made along the supply chain. It is now a single largest indirect tax levied within India on the supply of goods and services. GST advocates the charge of different tax heads such as Central GST, State GST/Union Territory (UT) GST or Integrated GST depending upon whether the supply is within or across the state/UT. Some of the advantages include a reduction of cascading effect, centralised filing portal, common e-waybill across the nation, reduced compliance when compared to the pre-GST tax regime, and smooth flow of input tax credit for the businesses.
You can read our articles to know more about these laws, and the common terms used in GST.
The government has recently announced the implementation of an electronic invoicing system for the business-2-business (B2B) invoices raised by the GST registered suppliers. It shall begin from 1st October 2020 and applies to businesses with an annual turnover of more than Rs 100 crore in the previous financial year. It involves a real-time online verification of these invoices on the designated invoice registration portals and generation of unique reference numbers for each of the invoices. The GSTN digitally signs and sends the verified invoices back to the suppliers with a quick response code. You can learn more about it by reading through our articles.
The e-way bill is a nation-wide common document required for the movement of goods and needs to be generated on the government’s e-way bill portal. It was made applicable from 1st April 2018 for inter-state movement of goods, and the states have also adopted the system for intra-state transports. It is compulsory for a GST registered person where the value of consignment of goods transported in a vehicle exceeds Rs.50,000 (whether or not a single invoice/bill/delivery challan). A unique e-way bill number (EBN) is allocated and made available to the supplier, recipient, and the transporter. Our articles will explain to you all about the forms and the detailed process of generating the e-way bills in different modes. The articles also decode the rules pertaining to the same.
The new GST returns were recently introduced for the regular taxpayers to streamline the filing process under GST. It shall be implemented from October 2020 replacing GSTR-1, GSTR-2A and GSTR-3B return only. It contains a simplified single return and aims to ease the filing for the GST registered taxpayers through automation. You will have one main return GST RET-1/2/3 and two annexures GST ANX-1 and GST ANX-2. The return must be filed every month, except for the taxpayers with an annual turnover up to Rs.5 crore who can opt to file them quarterly. You can read our articles to learn more about the transitional challenges, solutions and the detailed process involved in the same.
From 1st July 2017, GST replaced most of the central and state-level indirect taxes such as VAT, service tax, excise, etc. Businesses that are registered under VAT or service tax had to migrate to the Goods and Services Tax as per the enrolment plan of state governments. GST applies to a business if the annual aggregate turnover exceeds a specified threshold limit that varies from state to state. It also varies between a supplier of goods and a supplier of services. Read our articles to understand more about the registration process, its applicability and rules.
An invoice is issued on every sale/purchase. The invoice contains the serial number, details of the product such as product name, description, quantity, details of the supplier, purchaser, tax charged and other particulars such as discounts, terms of sale, etc. Every business is required to furnish a GST invoice as per the GST law. There are other documents such as delivery challans, debit and credit notes, bill of supply, receipt vouchers, refund vouchers, etc. used in different circumstances by the business. Find out all about the invoicing requirements from our articles.
A return is a document that a taxpayer must file with the tax administrative authorities as per the law. Under the Goods and Services Tax law, a normal taxpayer will be required to furnish two returns - Form GSTR-1 and Form GSTR-3B monthly and one annual return in Form GSTR-9. Apart from that, there is an auto-populated return to view the input tax credit details known as GSTR-2A. Form GSTR-9C is an annual reconciliation statement to be certified by a CA/CMA for certain taxpayers only after the GST audit. Likewise, there are separate statements or returns for a taxpayer registered under the composition scheme, Input Service Distributor, and a person liable to deduct or collect the tax (TDS/TCS). Use our step-by-step guides to understand how to file various returns under GST for your business.
Refer to our guides to understand various provisions and laws related to the offset of tax credits against liability, payments, refund process and settlement of the Goods and Services Tax. All payments and refunds will be made online through electronic ledgers. You will also find a list of the electronic ledgers, which will be maintained on the GST portal, explained in our articles.
The Goods and Services Tax allows businesses to claim input credit on the taxes paid on the purchases. At the time of paying tax on output, you can reduce the tax you have already paid on inputs. It means that if you are a manufacturer, supplier, agent, e-commerce operator, or aggregator, then you are eligible to claim input credit for tax paid on your purchases. You must report the input tax credit, if any to claim, in the monthly GSTR-3B return. You should cross verify with GSTR-2A since provisional credit is allowed only to the extent of 10% of eligible credits in GSTR-2A. Read our articles to learn everything about the input tax credit under the GST regime.
The composition scheme is available for taxpayers whose annual turnover is not more than Rs.1.5 crore for primarily supplying goods. Service providers can also choose the scheme under special notification from FY 2019-20 if the annual turnover is not more than Rs.50 lakh. Under this scheme, the taxpayer need not maintain every record that is required under the Goods and Services Tax, and he has to pay tax at the specified rate on the total turnover of the month. Learn about the advantages, drawbacks, procedures and conditions to be eligible for the composition scheme in the articles of this section.
Read our guides on various procedures defined under the GST law related to the filing of various statements and forms, audit, advance ruling and related aspects. You will pay the Goods and Services Tax through self-assessment. Read about provisions of self-assessment and other types of assessments done by the tax authorities. Learn about the advance ruling when you are confused regarding the applicable rate of tax or valuation of supply.
As a compliant taxpayer, avoid penalties and prosecution under the Goods and Services Tax regime. Learn about the various offences under this tax to evade them. Know about the various penalties that can be levied and scenarios for prosecution under GST. Remember to carry the prescribed documents while transporting goods as they can be intercepted and inspected. Read about the inspection provisions.
Most of the pre-GST (central excise, VAT and service tax) assessees migrated to GST. For this, the assessees were provided with a provisional ID and password by CBIC/State Commercial Tax departments. Filing of TRAN-01, TRAN-02 and TRAN-03 became essential to carry forward the input tax credit from the pre-GST tax regime to the GST regime. Read all about the transition provisions in our articles.