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Invoicing is a legal document used as confirmation for services supplied under the GST regime. The Central Government has notified the public on the rules of invoicing under GST Act and GST Inv-01. As per the GST rule, every supplier of services who have got GST Registration in India is required to issue an invoice within 30 days of rendering services and in the case of banks and NBFC 45 days.
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In the current service tax laws, the format of invoicing is simple and there should be minimum details like the name and address of the service receiver, service tax registration number, address of the service provider, tax number of the service provider, service tax rate and tax amount i.e. In the current laws invoice format, common for B2B service and B2C service.
The tax invoice has to contain the following mandatory fields:
The Invoicing under GST laws has been defined, keeping in mind of further eligibility of input tax credit on the supply of services. There are two types of invoice under the CGST Act.
If the aggregate supply of services is less than Rs. 10 lac, then there is no need to issue a bill of supply and above that, it’s mandatory to issue a bill of supply for services.
Normal Supply – the tax invoice must be issued within 30 days from the date of the supply of services and if the supplier of any financial services by NBFC or a bank tax invoice must be issued within 45 days from the date of supply of service.
In the case of reverse charge liability – on the date of receipt of services from a person who is not required to be registered under GST Act.
Original invoice: the supplier of service will issue an original invoice to the buyer of services. The buyer can keep invoice for the purpose of input tax credit. The serial number on an invoice should be unique and during the tax period, it should be submitted to GST portal in form of GSTR-1.
Duplicate copy: A duplicate copy of invoice has to be retained by the service provider and can be used for assessment and other compliance requirements.
It may be noted that a registered person may not issue tax invoice in case the value of goods or services or both supplied is less than 200 rupees. In case where a recipient is a registered person or if a recipient needs a tax invoice then the supplier can issue the same.
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Ashish M. Shaji has done his graduation in law (BA. LLB) from CCS University. He has keen interests in doing extensive research and writing on legal subjects especially on corporate law. He is a creative thinker and has a great interest in exploring legal subjects.
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