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6 Questions on GST

What is GST?

  • GST is the new Goods & Service Tax that will replace existing indirect taxes (about 28 different taxes)
  • It will have three main categories:
    • CGST (Central GST) – to replace Service Tax, Customs, Excise
    • SGST (State GST) – to replace VAT, Luxury tax, entertainment tax etc.
    • IGST (Integrated GST) for inter state supply - to replace CST
  • It is a destination based tax (ie based on place of supply), unlike manufacturing based tax currently.
  • GSTN (Govt body) will have the visibility of ALL the invoices of every registered firm and will monitor goods and services closely.

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Why is GST being implemented?

  • GST will create a simpler tax system (no distinction between goods and services)
  • Will eliminate double taxation (esp when goods cross borders)
  • Will help businesses get higher input tax credit (better margins/profits)
  • improve efficiencies in inter-state logistics (create single market across India – buy anywhere, sell anywhere)
  • increase overall transparency and compliance.

When will it be implemented?

  • 1st July, 2017

What will be the impact on SMEs?

  • Processes will change – adoption of technology, GST compliant invoicing, no kachcha bill, more collaboration with vendors and clients and better tech connect with the Accountants.
  • Pricing/Margins will be impacted – need to know how and by how much.
  • Dependence on suppliers for correct filing & tax payment for you to take Input Tax Credit. Business gets ‘punished’ for the supplier not being compliant.
  • Working capital will be impacted (monthly filing and payments instead of quarterly or semi-annually). Anticipate the Cash Flow gaps and prepare for them.
  • Adoption of technology to manage business (invoicing expense etc) and tax filing will be critical for managing tax filing, reconciliation and payments.
  • More discipline will be needed - heavy fines on non-compliance, Tax Compliance Score for all businesses (like CIBIL score).

How will it work?

All invoices (and expenses) will need to be uploaded and reconciled on GSTN platform on a monthly basis. Reconciliation will have to happen at each stage. For each company (in a state) there will be 37 returns per year. (GSTR 1,2,3 per month and an annual return – GSTR 9).

  • By 10th of month file GSTR 1 – Upload Invoices
  • By 15th of month file GSTR 2 – Download supplier’s invoices and reconcile
  • By 20th of month file GSTR 3 – File and Pay
  • In between there will be days where corrections in reconciliations, if any, will have to be take care of.

You can claim input tax credit only if your suppliers have filed and paid taxes correctly. There will be a compliance rating score for each GST ID.

How can your company be GST ready?

  • YES BANK has partnered with Numberz to help SMEs get GST ready – while helping them manage their business workflows.
  • numberz is an online/mobile based business platform that can help you manage your business processes (like invoicing, expenses etc) while taking care of GST filing and payments. All of these are powered by YES BANK’s banking platform.
  • With its integration with ERPs such as Tally, Numberz also allows close collaboration with Chartered Accountants.

So now you don’t have to worry about GST. Get in touch with your YES BANK Relationship Manager right away or call us

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