Latest Expert Exchange Queries
sitemapHome | Registration | Job Portal for CA's | Expert Exchange | Currency Converter | Post Matrimonial Ads | Post Property Ads
 
 
News shortcuts: From the Courts | News Headlines | VAT (Value Added Tax) | Service Tax | Sales Tax | Placements & Empanelment | Various Acts & Rules | Latest Circulars | New Forms | Forex | Auditing | Direct Tax | Customs and Excise | ICAI | Corporate Law | Markets | Students | General | Indirect Tax | Mergers and Acquisitions | Continuing Prof. Edu. | Budget Extravaganza | Transfer Pricing
 
 
 
 
Popular Search: cpt :: due date for vat payment :: ACCOUNTING STANDARDS :: form 3cd :: VAT Audit :: ACCOUNTING STANDARD :: ARTICLES ON INPUT TAX CREDIT IN VAT :: VAT RATES :: ICAI offer Get Windows 7,Office 2010 in Rs.799 Taxes :: list of goods taxed at 4% :: empanelment :: articles on VAT and GST in India :: Central Excise rule to resale the machines to a new company :: TAX RATES - GOODS TAXABLE @ 4% :: TDS
 
 
VAT (Value Added Tax) »
 15% rise in collectionof VAT for Oct-Nov
 China to simplify tax scheme after switch to VAT
 Cabinet clears key proposals on VAT, regularisation of jobs
 Cases of VAT overcharging flood consumer forum
 State seeks relief from Centre
 Flat rate VAT changes for small businesses explained
 Cenvat Credit Of Additional Duties Of Customs [Cvd] On Imported Coal
 Excise Dept puts VAT refund on fast track
 Consumer fora receive 18 VAT plaints
 Appointment of Assistant VATO - F.3(14)/Fin(Rev-I)2012-13/DSVI/334
 Bio-diesel body seeks VAT relaxation

E-Commerce - GST and Indirect Tax Issues
July, 15th 2015

E-Commerce, in itself, is a taxation quagmire. The roots lie in the classic sale vs service controversy, in which the respective e-tailers could treat the transaction as a service, whereas States want to treat it as a transaction subject to State VAT. Amazon is a classic example, in which Karnataka took the lead.

Even within the sales tax controversy, the next question is that of a level playing field. If the State, in which these e-tailers have set up shop, should get the State VAT, should the States, where the end subscribers are actually based, be deprived? If an e-tailer adopts the VAT model, he can always open a warehouse in the respective State and levy VAT on local sale, but that’s because he has selected a sale model and he will enjoy VAT credits. It does not work in a service model scenario. In this scenario, even if the transactions are cross border, across States, the respective litigating authority will demand full VAT, in absence of a C Form. Therein lies the additional difficulty. And let us not forget the interest and penalty part.

The situation can get further complicated if States amend their respective VAT laws, to provide for taxing such transactions. Even if the taxing entry gets challenged in Courts, another front that will be opened with this, is that of jurisdiction. States, in which offices are not located or from which billing is not happening, are not going to simply allow stock transfers, without something going in their kitty.

From a social perspective, Governments, doubtless have to lend voice to pleas of local retailers and traditional selling outlets, whose business faces stiff competition from such e-tailers. It is likely that lobbying by a plethora of such traders will move the State Governments to enact strict laws on e-commerce.

Will GST address this? To an extent, Yes. If the State of consumption gets the tax, all issues being raised by such States, will go away. Of course, the State which was demanding or getting full tax, will lose its revenue, under GST, as other States will share it. Well, as they say, ‘you win some, you lose some’

CA. Pranav Deshpande

E-Commerce, in itself, is a taxation quagmire. The roots lie in the classic sale vs service controversy, in which the respective e-tailers could treat the transaction as a service, whereas States want to treat it as a transaction subject to State VAT. Amazon is a classic example, in which Karnataka took the lead.

Even within the sales tax controversy, the next question is that of a level playing field. If the State, in which these e-tailers have set up shop, should get the State VAT, should the States, where the end subscribers are actually based, be deprived? If an e-tailer adopts the VAT model, he can always open a warehouse in the respective State and levy VAT on local sale, but that’s because he has selected a sale model and he will enjoy VAT credits. It does not work in a service model scenario. In this scenario, even if the transactions are cross border, across States, the respective litigating authority will demand full VAT, in absence of a C Form. Therein lies the additional difficulty. And let us not forget the interest and penalty part.

The situation can get further complicated if States amend their respective VAT laws, to provide for taxing such transactions. Even if the taxing entry gets challenged in Courts, another front that will be opened with this, is that of jurisdiction. States, in which offices are not located or from which billing is not happening, are not going to simply allow stock transfers, without something going in their kitty.

From a social perspective, Governments, doubtless have to lend voice to pleas of local retailers and traditional selling outlets, whose business faces stiff competition from such e-tailers. It is likely that lobbying by a plethora of such traders will move the State Governments to enact strict laws on e-commerce.

Will GST address this? To an extent, Yes. If the State of consumption gets the tax, all issues being raised by such States, will go away. Of course, the State which was demanding or getting full tax, will lose its revenue, under GST, as other States will share it. Well, as they say, ‘you win some, you lose some’

 
 
Home | About Us | Terms and Conditions | Contact Us
Copyright 2016 CAinINDIA All Right Reserved.
Designed and Developed by Binarysoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Web Application Development Web based Software Solution Web Application Deployment Web Application Solutions Web Application Software Development Web Application Deployment Web Application Programming Web Application Design and Development

Transfer Pricing | International Taxation | Business Consulting | Corporate Compliance and Consulting | Assurance and Risk Advisory | Indirect Taxes | Direct Taxes | Transaction Advisory | Regular Compliance and Reporting | Tax Assessments | International Taxation Advisory | Capital Structuring | Withholding tax advisory | Expatriate Tax Reporting | Litigation | Badges | Club Badges | Seals | Military Insignias | Emblems | Family Crest | Software Development India | Software Development Company | SEO Company | Web Application Development | MLM Software | MLM Solutions