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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Easy Guide of Reverse Charge Mechanism Under GST with All Aspects

What is Reverse Charge Mechanism under GST?

Reverse charge is a mechanism under which the recipient of the goods or services is liable to pay the tax instead of the provider of the goods and services. Under the normal taxation regime, supplier collects the tax from the buyer and deposits the same after adjusting the output tax liability with the input tax credit available. But under reverse charge mechanism (RCM), liability to pay tax shifts from supplier to recipient.
22nd GST council meeting in its press notification mentioned that the reverse charge mechanism (RCM) under sub-section (4) of section 9 of the CGST Act, 2017 and under sub-section (4) of section 5 of the IGST Act, 2017 is set to be suspended till 31.03.2018 which was later extended till 30th June 2018 in the subsequent 26th GST council meeting is still to be reviewed by the expert committee. All in one, it will reduce the compliance cost and benefit the small businesses.
As per section 2(98) of CGST Act’ 2017, “reverse charge” means the liability to pay tax by the recipient of the supply of goods or services or both instead of the supplier of such goods or services or both
  • under sub-section (3) or sub-section (4) of section 9, or
  • under sub-section (3) or subsection (4) of section 5 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act

Current Situation in Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM)

In the present scenario, reverse charge mechanism is applicable in service tax for services like Insurance Agent, Manpower Supply, Goods Transport Agency, etc. Unlike Service Tax, there is no concept of partial reverse charge. The recipient has to pay 100% tax on the supply.
In the earlier government scenario, it was hard to collect service tax from the numerous unorganized sectors just similar to the goods transportation. The effort has been made to place the services as per the existing regime and Compliances and tax collections will, therefore, be increased through reverse charge mechanism. Currently, there is no reverse charge mechanism on the supply of goods so under GST, the reverse charge may be applicable for both goods and services.

The Scenario Where Reverse Charge Will Be Applicable under GST

Supply by Unregistered Dealer:

In case of an unregistered person is selling goods or providing any services to the registered person, then the liability to pay tax shifts on the registered person i.e. the recipient of goods/services, where such supply is of taxable supplies. No reverse charge mechanism in case of exempted supplies.
The tax will be paid by the registered dealer and all the provisions of the act will be applicable to him as if he is the supplier of the goods or services The concept behind this to prevent tax evasion since it would be almost impossible to collect tax from the unregistered dealer. It would increase tax compliance and promotes transparency. Input credit will be allowed to the registered dealer of the tax paid by him under the reverse charge mechanism.
Exemption of Rs. 5000 per day has been provided in this case. So if the aggregate amount of purchase of goods or services availed does not exceed Rs. 5000 per day from unregistered persons then no liability arises under reverse charge mechanism. This covers all the business expenses of the businesses.
This extra compliance under the Act will force all the registered persons to purchase goods only from the registered dealers and this is what the new regime aims at.

For Services Provided by E-commerce Operator

In case of services provided by e-commerce operators, liability to pay tax lies on the recipient of services.If the assessee has no physical presence in the taxable area, then the representative of such e-commerce operator will be liable to pay tax. If there is no representative, then the assessee has to appoint one who will be liable to pay GST.

For Services

CBEC has notified a list of services on which reverse charge mechanism will be applicable under GST
S. No.ProviderRecipient
1Goods transport agencyCasual Taxable person, body corporate,
partnership firm, any society, factory, 
any person registered under CGST, SGST, IGST Act
2Recovery AgentBanking Company, NBFC or any financial institution
3A director of a company
 or a body corporate
A company or a body corporate
4An individual advocate or 
firm of advocates, An arbitral tribunal
Any business entity
5An insurance agentAny person carrying on insurance business
More: Illustrative list on which reverse charge mechanism is applicable for services
Points to be noted:
No partial reverse charge will be applicable under GST. 100% tax will be paid by the recipient if reverse charge mechanism applies.
  • In case of B2B import of other services, the tax shall be payable by the recipient of services
  • In case of B2B import of goods, the tax shall be payable by the recipient of goods

Liability of Registration Under RCM (Reverse Charge Mechanism)

Under Reverse Charge Mechanism who is liable to register in the new tax regime?
  • A person who pays taxes under reverse charge is required to register under GST irrespective of the threshold and annual threshold Limit is 20 lakhs (10 lakhs in case of Hill states and North Eastern State)

Time of Supply

Under GST, time of supply means a particular point in time when the goods or services are rendered or supplied. It allows us to find out the tax rate, value and due dates for filing returns. Under Reverse Charge Mechanism, the receiver is entitled to pay GST. However, the time of supply for supplying of goods and services under reverse charge is varying from the supplies which are under forwarding charge.

How to Find Out Time of Supply under Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM)?

In case of Goods: Time of supply in case of supplying goods when tax payable under Reverse Charge, whichever is earliest from the following dates:-
  • the date of the receipt of goods;
  • the date of payment as entered in the books of account of the recipient;
  • the date on which the payment is debited in his bank account, whichever is earlier;
  • the date immediately following thirty days from the date of issue of invoice or any other document, by whatever name called, in lieu thereof by the supplier
Note: However, if it is not possible to find out the time of supply in mentioned above cases than the time of supply will be considered the date of entry in the books of account of the recipient of the supply. Let us understand by an example given below:-
  • Date of Payment – 18th June 2017
  • Date of Invoice – 1st July 2017
  • Date of Entry in books by recipient – 19th June 2017
In this case, the time of supply will be 18th June 2017
If the supplier is located outside India, then the time of supply shall be the earliest of:  ‘When the amount is paid i.e. the date of payment’
‘When the recipient records the payment in his books of account’.
In case of services: Time of supply in case of supplying services when taxes payable under reverse charge mechanism, whichever is earliest from the following dates:-
  • the date of payment; or
  • the date immediately following after sixty days from the date of issue of the invoice by the supplier; whichever is earlier
However, if it is not possible to find out the time of supply in aforementioned cases, the time of supply will be considered the date of entry in the books of account of the recipient of the supply.
Let us understand by an example given below:-
  • Date of Payment – 18th August 2017
  • Date of Invoice – 1st September 2017
  • Date of Entry in books by recipient – 19th August 2017
Note: In this case, the time of supply will be 18th August 2017, Due to some reasons if the time of supply can’t be ascertained under 1 or 2 head, in this case, it will be 19th August i.e., date of entry in books by the recipient.
There is two type of reverse charge scenarios mentioned in the law. First one is dependent on the nature of supply and nature of supplier. This covered under section 9 (3) of CGST/ SGST (UTGST) Act and section 5 (3) of the IGST Act. Second one taxable supply made by the unregistered person to a registered person covered under section 9 (4) of the CGST/SGST (UTGST) Act and section 5 (4) of the IGST Act.

The Manner of Payment of GST under Reverse Charge Mechanism

As per section 49(4) of CGST Act’2017, ITC can be used for payment of output tax only. Therefore tax under reverse charge can be paid through cash only without availing the benefit of ITC. The supplier must mention in his tax invoice whether the tax is payable on reverse charge.

Input Tax Credit:

The service recipient can avail Input Tax credit on the Tax amount that is paid under reverse charge on goods and services. The only condition is that the goods and services are used or will be used for business or furtherance of business.
If the composite dealer falls under reverse charge mechanism then the dealer is ineligible to claim any credit of tax paid. The tax will be paid at the normal applicable rates and not at the composition rates.

Registration Requirement under Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM):

As per Section 24 of CGST Act’ 2017, A person paying tax under the reverse charge mechanism has to compulsorily get registered even if the turnover is below the threshold limit.

Applicability of GST Compensation Cess:

GST Compensation Cess will be applicable on tax paid under reverse charge mechanism also. The purpose is to compensate States for loss of revenue on the implementation of GST. This will be applicable for 5 years from the date GST gets implemented.

Important Points to be Taken Care Under RCM :

    • Goods and services notified under section 9(3) or section 9(4) must have person registered under GST.
    • Under the reverse charge mechanism, the GST applicable must be submitted to the government on every 20th of next month
    • Input tax credit will be available for all the RCM goods and services used for the furtherance of business according to the GST paid. And the service acquiring individual, who is also paying reverse charge can take the benefits of input tax credit.
    • There will be no auto-population of details of the GST paid under the RCM in GSTR 2, but it will be subjected to the manual furnishing of details.
    • Wherever the RCM is applicable the invoice must be arranged by the recipient on itself while the invoices along with the consolidated purchases should be issued on the daily basis.  on all the GST applicable who are under section 31(3).
    • Payment voucher must be issued by the recipient at that at the time period of suppliers payment.
    • The ITC is not available for the reverse charge payment to the authority.
    • The composition scheme registered individuals also come under the reverse charge, well there will be no credit of RCM be availed.
    • The reverse charge mechanism is applicable to payments made in advance also.
For an example, if Rajat a business from Delhi supplies his services to the Karan a Delhi based registered dealer with services amounting to INR 7000. But Rajat is not registered under GST. What will be a scenario of supply of services and reverse charge mechanism?
In this case, the reverse charge mechanism will be applicable as the services are above INR 5000 a day, and the applicable taxes will be paid by the Karan even of he draws services from unregistered dealers.
Note: If in case, a dealer is unregistered under GST, then he is not allowed to deal in any interstate transactions. For any reverse charge mechanism to applicable, there must be only intra-state transactions.
Conclusion: With the biggest tax reform ready to be implemented, Reverse charge mechanism is not a new concept as we are already dealing with this in the service tax. But imposing a 100% reverse charge is definitely a big change. There are both pros and cons of this reverse charge mechanism but then no accurate conclusion can be drawn currently as to how the society will be impacted by its imposition. On one hand it will definitely be burdensome for the small supply receivers, but on the other hand, it will increase tax compliance for the country as a whole and would increase transparency.

Reverse Charge Mechanism to be Soon Applicable Under GST

According to some latest reports based on internal officials working closely with the finance ministry, the chances are surged to introduce Reverse charge mechanism back on the unregistered and small business units in the conditions of illegal taxation practice being followed by the taxpayers. An official clearly stated that the finance ministry has discussed various provisions and methods to apply reverse charge mechanism as soon as possible in against the decision of 26th GST council meeting which had suspended the RCM till June 2018.
Recently there were a lot of discrepancies found during the initial audits and GST revenue collections and the issues surfaced revealed that the actual income disclosure is far less than the real terms. The study found that most of the small business units have shown their income under a certain limit to make themselves eligible for the composition scheme which helps the taxpayers to pay the taxes on a flat rate basis. But in the reports, it was also shown that the figures were around 8 lakhs for an annual turnover per business units in front of the revenue collected in the composition scheme. This clearly shows that the income mismatch was there in the first case.
This has made the authorities to take some actions soon and here the RCM comes for help as it will track even small transactions between the business units and can make a static record of the total supplies done between various business organizations.

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