Goods and service tax or GST will be one tax to subsume all taxes. It will bring in “One nation one tax” regime.
Being a completely new form of indirect taxation there are many questions in the minds of the organizations. One of the most important question is what is valuation of supply under GST? What will be included in the value of taxable supply on which GST is calculated?
Currently taxes are calculated on the value of goods/services-
|Tax||Value of goods/services|
|Excise||Transaction value of goods or MRP|
|Service tax||Taxable value of service rendered|
GST will be charged on the ‘transaction value’. Transaction value is the price actually paid (or payable) for the supply of goods/services between un-related parties (i.e., price is the sole consideration)
The value of supply under GST shall include:
Let us consider an example of ABC, a manufacturer, selling tools and hardwares like drills, polishers, spades etc. It sells a power drill to XYZ a wholesaler. The MRP is Rs. 5,500 but ABC sells it for Rs. 3,000.
Currently, the invoice will look like-
|Add: Excise @ 12.5%||375|
|Add: VAT @14.5% (on subtotal)||490|
Value of supply under GST
The value of goods &/or services supplied is the transaction value, i.e. the price paid/payable, which is Rs 3,000 in the example. Assuming CGST=9% and SGST= 9%
|Add: CGST @9%||270|
|Add: SGST @9%||270|
Discounts will be treated differently under GST.Discounts given before or at the time of supply will be allowed as deduction from transaction value. Discounts given after supply will be allowed only if certain conditions are satisfied.
Please read part II of this article which deals with discounts and impact of GST along with examples.
NOTE: The revised law is silent on Valuation Rules which were actually part of earlier June 2016 version of GST Law.