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27 Jun 2017

GST update: E-commerce players get respite from TDS collection

GST registration for small businesses also get delayed

As the nation gets ready for the new Goods and Service Tax regime, e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Flipkart are given a temporary relief from one of their preparation burdens by the finance ministry.

They'll not be required to immediately collect 1% TCS (tax collected at source) on payments made to their vendors from July 1, said the ministry.

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GST registration for small businesses also get delayed
Another reason to be happy


Another reason to be happy

Moreover, alleviating concerns of e-commerce players, the finance ministry said small businesses, which sell their products on these online platforms, will not have to register their operations immediately from July 1, the day when GST kicks in.

This addresses the fear e-commerce players had about losing businesses due to the fact that a large number of their small suppliers are not GST ready yet.


This is not a permanent fixture

It's a temporary relief in reaction to the requests made by the e-commerce players to the government and the provisions of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) and Tax Collection at Source (TCS) will be effective from a later date decided by the government.

Under GST, notified entities will have to collect TDS/TCS of 1% on payments above Rs. 2.5 lakh from goods suppliers.

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This will help a lot


This will help a lot

Amazon said that this move will ensure business continuity and will also benefit the sellers as they will not have to deal with the pressures of cash flow while making the GST transition.

According to the new directive, businesses, with less than Rs. 20 lakh turnover, will not have to register to sell goods or services on e-commerce portals.


It's a race against the clock

All India Online Vendors' Association said, they welcomed this move, as it gave the much-needed breather to the marketplaces, however, they would like to see TCS being implemented soon, as it would give firms a level playing field.

With few days left on the calendar for the biggest tax reform in India's history, businesses both offline and online are hurrying to be GST compliant.

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