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E-commerce is booming today – thanks to online shopping portals such as Flipkart, Amazon, Shopclues, and SnapDeal which have transformed the shopping experience for consumers all over the country. Inventive business models such as same-day delivery with cash on delivery or card on delivery that, too, at low prices has increased online shopping volumes. One of the leading e-commerce web stores in India today is Flipkart sold products worth around USD 2.4 billion in 2016. In the financial year 2013-14, Flipkart had a customer base of more than 2.6 crores registered users. Flipkart presently ships more than 5 Million shipments every month and has an average of more than 80 lakh page visits a day. Hence, there is an incredible business opportunity for people wishing to sell on Flipkart as a Flipkart seller.

Here’s an in-depth guide on how to associate with Flipkart and become a seller on the portal.

How to Become a Flipkart Seller

For selling on Flipkart, a business or person needs to become a Flipkart Seller by signing up with Flipkart. This process is easy and can be initiated from the Seller homepage on Flipkart’s website. A business or person can sign up as a Flipkart seller by specifying the information about his/her business and products which he/she proposes to sell via Flipkart. Some of the details which need to be provided and confirmed at the time of registering as a Flipkart Seller include:

  • Name of the seller
  • Phone number of the seller
  • Email address of the seller
  • Business address/ Pickup address
  • Classification of product which the seller is looking to sell through Flipkart
  • Tax registration documents; particularly GST registration
  • Business registration documents such as Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association, etc.

Additionally, there are some other important documents which need to be submitted depending on the type of the business being registered:

  1. Sole Proprietorship

If any individual wishes to sell through Flipkart on their own legal standing and name, such business would automatically be seen as a Sole Proprietorship. However, a sole proprietorship form of business doesn’t provide limited liability protection to its promoter, does not have partners or investors, is not transferable easily, not scalable enough and has restricted access to bank loans. Hence, becoming a seller on Flipkart as a sole proprietor is not advisable. Despite this, if you choose a sole proprietorship form of business, the below-mentioned documents need to be submitted:

Proof of identity

A signed declaration on the letterhead of the business declaring that the individual manages and owns the bank account which is held in the business’s name, along with

  • Passport of the sole proprietor
  • PAN Card of the sole proprietor
  • Voters ID/ Driving License of the sole proprietor
  • Any other government identity card bearing photo of the seller

Proof of address 

  • Telephone bill in the name of the proprietor
  • Bank Account Statement belonging to the proprietor
  • Electricity bill pertaining to the proprietor
  • License or Lease agreement
  1. Private Limited Company

Becoming a seller at Flipkart as a Private Ltd. company is the most desirable choice as it offers limited liability protection for its promoters, easy transferability, separate legal entity, opportunity to involve partners or take on investors and scale-up operations quickly. The below-mentioned documents should be provided for a Private Ltd. company:

Proof of identity

  • A copy of registration documents or Incorporation certificate of the Private Ltd. company
  • Copy of MOA (Memorandum of Association)
  • PAN Card of the company

Proof of Address

  • Telephone bill in the name of the company
  • Electricity bill in the name of the company
  • Rental or Lease agreement
  1. Partnership Firm or LLP

A seller could become part of Flipkart as a Partnership Firm. Registering as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) on Flipkart offers limited liability protection, separate legal entity, easy transferability and the documents needed to become a seller at Flipkart using partnership or LLP form of business include:

Proof of Identity

  • LLP Incorporation Certificate or Partnership Registration
  • Power of Attorney duly authorized to a designated Partner or the employee in case of a Limited Liability Partnership or Partnership firm for transacting business operations on its behalf
  • Partnership deed
  • PAN Card of Partnership Firm or LLP
  • Documents identifying themselves as Partners

Proof of address

  • Official document ratifying the address of the Partners
  • Partner’s/LLP’s Electricity bill
  • Partner’s/ LLP’s Telephone bill
  • Rental or Lease agreement
  • Electricity bill in the name of Partners/LLP
  1. Tax-related registration

Once the seller has decided to become a seller at Flipkart and has registered as a business entity for his/her projected business, the below-mentioned tax registration and bank details would be required:

  • Name of the business/entity
  • PAN (Permanent Account Number) – PAN Card of the private limited company or individual or partnership
  • GSTIN (Goods and Services Tax Identification Number) – GSTIN of the seller in case goods to be sold on Flipkart comes under the purview of GST
  • TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) – TAN is needed for TDS (Tax Deduction at Source)
  • Bank account in the name of the business or entity
  • Bank account number of the entity or business
  • Bank IFSC code for the above-mentioned bank account

Start Selling on Flipkart

After providing the above information, registrations, and documents, the business could initiate selling its goods on Flipkart portal. On completing the business procedures related to the Flipkart seller registration, the business could set up its storefront and list its products for selling on Flipkart.

Once you register on Flipkart, you will also need to adhere to all tax laws that apply to the e-commerce sector. An important part of this compliance is filing your GST returns on time. ClearTax GST can help you file returns in a seamless and hassle-free manner. Our cloud-based software integrates easily with all existing accounting software, making the GST return filing experience extremely easy. To know more about how Flipkart sellers can file GST returns via ClearTax, do read our in-depth guide here.

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