Section 31 of the CGST Act mandates the issuance of an invoice for every supply of goods or services as an invoice serves as a very important document. It serves as evidence of the sale of goods or services. Also, a GST registered buyer can claim input tax credit only if he is in possession of a valid tax invoice.
The minimum value fixed to raise an invoice is Rs.200 under the GST law. If the total value of multiple invoices is Rs.200 and the buyer is an unregistered party then the seller can issue a single invoice instead of multiple invoices on a daily basis.
The GST Law mentions the below situations for non-issuance of an invoice and minimum invoice value:
Minimum invoice value– Section 31(3)(b) of the CGST Act states that every registered taxpayer shall issue an invoice for each sale made. The minimum value set for raising an invoice is Rs.200. Thus, a seller may not issue an invoice if the value of supply is less than Rs.200 only if the below two conditions are met:
Advance payments- A receipt is issued in case of advance payments done and if no supply is made on a future date then no tax invoice is required.
Notification 45/2017 Central tax dated 13th October 2017- If the registered supplier is supplying taxable as well as exempted supplies to an unregistered supplier then he may issue a single “invoice cum bill of supply” for such supplies.
All registered taxpayers are required to issue an invoice even if the value of supply is less than Rs.200 if the buyer insists on an invoice.