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Last updated on 3rd March, 2017

In the previous article we discussed the concept of ‘Place of Supply of Goods under GST’, we will take the discussion further and learn about the concept of ‘Place of Supply of Services under GST’.

There are specific cases/rules for determining place of supply for services rendered directly in relation to immovable property, transportation of goods etc. We shall cover them in the next blog.

Let us first understand why an accurate determination of place of supply is important for businesses. The reasons for this are listed below:

  • Wrong classification of supply between interstate or intra-state and vice-versa may lead to hardship to the taxpayer as per section 19 of IGST Act and section 70 of CGST Act
  • Where wrong taxes have been paid on the basis of the wrong classification, refund will have to be claimed by the taxpayer
  • The taxpayer will have to pay the correct tax along with interest for delay on the basis of revised/correct classification
  • Also, correct determination of place of supply will help us in knowing the incidence of tax. As if place of supply is determined as a place outside India, then tax will not have to be paid on that transaction

Determining The Place Of Supply Of Services

GST is destination based tax i.e consumption tax, which means tax will be levied where goods and services are consumed and will accrue to that state. 

Under GST, there are three levels of Tax, IGST, CGST & SGST and based on the ‘’place of supply’’ so determined, the respective tax will be levied. IGST is levied where transaction is inter-state, and CGST & SGST are levied where the transaction is intra-state. For understanding Place of Supply for Services the following two concepts are very important namely:

  • location of the recipient of services
  • location of the supplier of services

Let’s understand these two concepts in detail as they will form the base for determining the place of supply in case of supply of services:

  1. a) Location of the recipient of services:

S.No Case Location of Recipient of Service
A where a supply is received at a place of business for which the registration has been obtained such place of business
B where a supply is received at a place other than the place of business for which registration has been obtained (a fixed establishment elsewhere) such fixed establishment
C where a supply is received at more than one establishment, whether the place of business or fixed establishment the location of the establishment most directly concerned with the receipt of the supply
D in absence of such places the location of the usual place of residence of the recipient;
  1. b) Location of the provider/supplier of services:

S.No Case Location of Supplier of Services
A where a supply is made from a place of business for which the registration has been obtained the location of such place of business
B where a supply is made from a place other than the place of business for which registration has been obtained (a fixed establishment elsewhere) the location of such fixed establishment;
C where a supply is made from more than one establishment, whether the place of business or fixed establishment, the location of the establishment most directly concerned with the provision of the supply
D in absence of such places, the location of the usual place of residence of the supplier;

 

The transactions in terms of supply of services can be broadly categorized as below:

1. Domestic Transactions

These are the transactions where both the parties i.e the supplier as well as recipient of service are in India. Domestic transactions can be further categorized as below:

  • Inter-State (i.e between two different states)
  • Intra-State (i.e within the same state)

General Rule

In general, the place of supply for services will be the location of the service recipient (the recipient needs to be a registered person). In cases, where service is provided to an unregistered person, the place of supply will be the:

  • Location of the service recipient (if the address is available on record);
  • Otherwise, location of service provider

The special cases under this classification will be discussed in detail in next article.

2. International Transactions

These are the transactions where either of the service recipient or the provider is outside India. Transactions in which both the recipient as well as provider are outside India are not covered here.

General Rule

The Place of Supply for services treated as international transactions shall be:

  • The location of service recipient
  • In case where the location of service recipient is not available, the place of supply shall be location of the supplier.

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