E-commerce firms not liable to collect TCS from suppliers with less than ₹20 lakh turnover

E-commerce firms not liable to collect TCS from suppliers with less than ₹20 lakh turnoverThe e-commerce companies are not liable to collect TCS on supplies made by entities with turnover not exceeding ₹20 lakh and are not registered under GST, the CBIC has said.

As per Goods and Services Tax (GST) provisions, beginning October 1, 2018, e-commerce companies deduct 1% tax collected at source (TCS) before making payments to their suppliers.

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), in a clarification to the FAQ for TCS, said GST law provides that a person supplying services through an e-commerce platform is exempted from obtaining compulsory registration provided his aggregate turnover does not exceed ₹20 lakhs (or ₹10 lakhs in case of specified special category states) in a financial year.

“Since such suppliers are not liable for registration, e-commerce operators are not required to collect TCS on supply of services being made by such suppliers through their portal,” the CBIC said.

In a separate FAQ, the CBIC said e-commerce operators who could not register themselves for GST but have already collected TCS, can show the amount collected while filing the first return form GSTR-8.

“E-commerce operators, who have been unable to obtain registration in the month of October, 2018 but have already collected TCS for the said month, may furnish the details of TCS collected in the month of October, 2018 in the first return in Form GTSR-8 to be filed after obtaining registration,” the CBIC said.

The clarifications come after the e-commerce companies faced troubles in deducting TCS and depositing the same to the government.

The CBIC had earlier said that e-commerce companies, whether domestic or foreign, would have to register themselves in each state/UT as the obligation for collecting TCS will be there for every intra-state or inter-state supply.

Foreign e-commerce operator, which does not have a physical presence in a particular state/UT, were asked to appoint an agent on his behalf for the purpose of TCS registration.

The CBIC had earlier said that e-commerce companies, whether domestic or foreign, would have to register themselves in each state/UT as the obligation for collecting TCS will be there for every intra-state or inter-state supply.

Foreign e-commerce operator, which does not have a physical presence in a particular state/UT, were asked to appoint an agent on his behalf for the purpose of TCS registration.

 

 

 

Source: Livemint

 

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