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GST (Goods and Services Tax) Compliance – An Overview

GST (Goods and Services Tax) compliance refers to the adherence to the rules and regulations set forth by the government regarding the implementation and management of GST. GST is a comprehensive indirect tax levied on the supply of goods and services in India and several other countries.

Here are some of the key GST compliances:

GST Registration: Any business whose turnover exceeds the specified threshold limit is required to register for GST. This involves providing necessary information and documents to the tax authorities.

Tax Invoice: Businesses must issue a proper tax invoice for the supply of goods or services, mentioning specific details such as the GSTIN (Goods and Services Tax Identification Number) of the supplier and recipient, the value of goods or services, and the applicable tax rate.

GST Returns: Registered businesses need to file periodic GST returns, which involve reporting the details of outward supplies (sales), inward supplies (purchases), and the taxes paid. These returns are typically filed monthly, quarterly, or annually, depending on the turnover and type of business.

Input Tax Credit (ITC): Businesses can claim input tax credit on GST paid on inputs (purchases) used for the furtherance of their business. However, this claim is subject to certain conditions and restrictions.

Compliance with Tax Rates and HSN/SAC Codes: Businesses must accurately determine the appropriate tax rates for their goods or services as specified by the government. Additionally, they must correctly classify their products or services using the Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) codes for goods and the Service Accounting Codes (SAC) for services.

E-Way Bill: For the movement of goods above a specified value, businesses need to generate an electronic waybill (e-way bill) containing details of the goods being transported, the supplier, and the recipient. This is to ensure proper tracking and monitoring of inter-state and intra-state movement of goods.

Timely Payment of Tax: Businesses must pay the applicable GST to the government within the stipulated timelines, either through electronic cash or utilizing the input tax credit available.

Audit and Assessment: Tax authorities have the right to audit and assess a business’s GST compliance by conducting audits and examinations. Businesses need to maintain proper records and documents to facilitate this process.

Compliance with Anti-Profiteering Rules: Businesses are required to pass on the benefits of any reduction in the rate of tax or availability of input tax credit to the customers by reducing the prices of goods or services. Failure to comply with anti-profiteering rules can lead to penalties.

Compliance with Compliance Rating: Some jurisdictions assign compliance ratings to businesses based on their GST compliance history. Maintaining a good compliance rating can provide benefits such as easier access to loans and contracts.

It’s important for businesses to stay updated with the latest GST laws and regulations and ensure that they fulfill all the necessary compliances to avoid penalties and legal issues

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