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Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) under Goods and Service Tax

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Under the GST regime we have the basic 3 components of taxes. – CGST, SGST and IGST. As per the GST law, certain notified registered persons will be required to deduct these taxes while making payments to the registered supplier. In other words, TDS under GST shall be deducted and deposited with the government.

Latest Updates on TDS under GST

28th May 2021
Following are the outcomes of the 43rd GST Council meeting, notified by the CBIC:
(1) The due date to file GSTR-7 for April and May 2021 has been extended up to 30th June 2021.
(2) A late fee chargeable for GSTR-7, i.e. TDS filing under GST, shall be of a maximum of Rs.2,000, while a late fee per day charged is reduced from Rs.200 to Rs.50 per day of delay per return.

1st May 2021
The due date to furnish GSTR-7 for April 2021 has been extended up to 31st May 2021.

What is TDS under GST?

Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is one of the ways to collect tax based on certain percentages on the amount payable by the receiver on goods/services. The collected tax is a revenue for the government.

The provision pertaining to TDS under GST is given under Section 51 of the CGST Act to be read with CGST Rule 66.

Who is liable to deduct TDS under GST law?

  • A department or an establishment of the Central Government or State Government; or
  • Local authority; or
  • Governmental agencies; or
  • Such persons or category of persons as may be notified by the Government.

As per the latest Notification dated 13th September 2018, the following entities also need to deduct TDS-

  • An authority or a board or any other body which has been set up by Parliament or a State Legislature or by a government, with 51% equity ( control) owned by the government.
  • A society established by the Central or any State Government or a Local Authority and the society is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Public sector undertakings.

Liability to deduct TDS and TDS rate

TDS is to be deducted at the rate of 2 % on payments made to the supplier of taxable goods and/or services, where the total value of such supply, under an individual contract, exceeds Rs.2,50,000. No deduction of Tax is required when the location of supplier and place of supply is different from the State of the registration of the recipient.

TDS deducted under GST

What are the registration requirements for TDS deductors?

A person who is liable to deduct TDS has to compulsorily register and there is no threshold limit for this. The registration under GST can be obtained without PAN and by using the existing Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) issued under the Income Tax Act. Thus it can be said having TAN is mandatory.

TDS shall be paid within 10 days from the end of the month in which tax is deducted. The payment shall be made to the appropriate government which means:

  • The Central Government in case of the IGST and the CGST
  • The State government in case of the SGST

What are the provisions relating to the issue of TDS certificates under the GST law?

Similar to the Income Tax Law, the person deducting tax under GST has to issue the TDS certificate in form GSTR-7A to the concerned person within 5 days of depositing the tax to the government. However, GST portal will automatically make GSTR-7A available to the deductee on the basis of GSTR-7 filed.

How will the Value of supply on which TDS shall be deducted be considered?

For the purpose of deduction of TDS, the value of supply is to be taken as the amount excluding the tax indicated on the invoice. This means TDS shall not be deducted on the CGST, SGST or IGST component of invoice. 

For example, supplier A makes a supply worth Rs.5,000 to B. The rate of GST is 18%. When B pays A, he/she will pay Rs.5,000 (worth of Supply) + Rs.900 (GST) to A and Rs. 100 (RS. 5000*2%) as TDS to the government. So it can be said that TDS is not deducted on the tax element (GST) of a transaction.

Which form is required to file the TDS return?

The person deducting tax is required to file a TDS return in form GSTR-7 within 10 days from the end of the month. When GSTIN of the unregistered supplier is not available, their name can be mentioned. The robustness of the system reflects these filled-in details in the electronic ledger of the supplier.

What is the benefit of TDS to the deductee (Supplier)?

As stated above, there will be an automatic reflection in the electronic ledger of the deductee (supplier) once the deductor files his/her returns. The deductee can claim credit in his electronic cash ledger of this tax deducted and use it for payments of other taxes.

How is Refund of TDS possible under GST?

If any excess amount is deducted and paid to the government, a refund can be claimed as this is not the tax amount that the government has a right on. However, if the deducted amount is already added to the electronic cash ledger of the supplier, the amount so added cannot be got back as a refund by the deductor. Deductee can claim a refund of tax subject to refund provisions of the act.

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