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Since the implementation of GST on 1st July 2017, frequent amendments have been going on in the GST law and provisions, which has kept the businesses, professionals, tax practitioners, and even the Government officials on their toes. It is essential for all of us to know the new terms of these changes and understand a few common provisions of GST to manage our businesses effectively.

Here is the summary of some of the very crucial pointers which may be used as a checklist for complying with GST administration. The basic idea is simply to spread awareness to remove and reduce the chances of errors and omission in GST circumference.

Summary of Key Provisions and Common Issues under GST



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Check if the valuation is carried as per the GST Act and Rules. Refer Section 15 of CGST Act 2017 along with Valuation Rules Special emphasis to be put on any late delivery charges, interest or penalty recovered post issuance of invoice

Also, check for Sale of any second-hand car or sale of an asset (Pay GST on such sale) – Check for Valuation and Rate of GST


Tax Invoice – Outward Supplies

Check if Tax invoices do conform to provisions of GST Laws. Refer to Sec 31 of CGST Act along with Rule 46 of the CGST Rules 2017 Check if the tax invoice has all the contents prescribed as per GST Laws. Especially check –

1. Length of the invoice – Max 16 characters

2. RCM Declaration on Invoice

3. Place of Supply – Mandatory for Inter-State Supplies

4. HSN/SAC – HSN Mandatory for outward supply T/O exceeding ₹ 1.5 Cr

5. The rate of GST coinciding with HSN/SAC Rate


Tax Invoice – Inter State Stock Transfers

Check if Tax invoices do conform to provisions of GST Laws. Refer Sec 31 of CGST Act along with Rule 46 of the CGST Rules 2017 Check if tax invoice has all contents prescribed as per GST Law Bill of supply or mere delivery challan won’t suffice in case of Inter-State branch transfers between same PAN having different GSTINs.


Tax Invoice – Exports or supply to SEZ

Check if Tax invoices do conform to provisions of GST Laws. Refer Sec 31 of CGST Act along with Rule 46 of the CGST Rules 2017 Check if tax invoice has all contents prescribed as per GST Law along with below declaration –



Consolidated Tax Invoices for Purchase from Unregistered Vendors

Prepare monthly consolidated tax invoice – supplier-wise for procurement from Unregistered Suppliers Refer to Sec 31(3)(f) of the CGST Act, 2017 which provides for registered persons to issue an invoice for goods or services received from an Unregistered supplier


Delivery Challan – Intra State Stock Transfers

Check if Delivery Challan does conform to provisions of GST Laws. Refer Rule 55 of the CGST Rules 2017 Check if Delivery Challan has all contents prescribed as per GST Law. Especially check –

1. HSN and Description of goods being consigned

2. Quantity, Taxable Value, Tax Rate and Tax Amount

3. Place of supply in case of Inter-state movement

4. To be prepared in Triplicate – Original for Consignee, Duplicate for Transporter and Triplicate for Consignor


Bank/Cash  receipts

Check if all taxable receipts are against Tax Invoice or Receipt Voucher (in case of advance) In case of the invoice is not issued or same is not reported in returns, please report the same in GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B along with payment of tax and applicable interest.


Debtors Ageing Report

Obtain an aging report for debtors (against the invoices where ITC has been claimed) and see if any invoice has been paid beyond 180 days from the date of invoice. Reverse the ITC for such delay in payment along with interest @18% from the date of taking ITC till the date of reversal. Refer to Sec 16(2) of the CGST Act, 2017. 

Please note that in case ITC can be reclaimed on subsequent payment to the supplier. There is no time limit for availing re-credit (even can be availed after filing an annual return)


E-Way Bill

Verify and reconcile E-Way bill data with GSTR 1 filed Reconcile all e-way bills generated along with Invoices reported in GSTR 1. Verify both in terms of a number of invoices as well as value reported in each invoice. For any discrepancy take corrective action in returns.


Job Work

Verify that the inputs and capital goods come back within time as per GST Laws Inputs – 1 year from the date of dispatch Capital Goods – 3 years from the date of dispatch


Return for Job Work – ITC 04

Job Work return is to be filed by the principal sending the materials to job worker File ITC 04 for each quarter starting from July 2017


HSN Reporting

Verify that HSN Code is reported on invoice along with a description. Choose the description carefully which matches HSN code appropriately. Verify the rate of GST applicable to such HSN. Check changes on HSN and GST Rates from time to time.


Issuance of Credit Notes

Issue credit notes for any returns, or rejections or tax or value charged in excess of actual supply. As per Section 34 of the CGST Act, 2017, a Credit Note is to be issued by the supplier. Remember a customer cannot issue any document for any deduction. It should be issued by the supplier of goods or services


Post Sales Discounts

Issue a credit note for any post sales discount. The output liability shall be allowed to be adjusted against future liability of the subsequent period. Refer to Section 15(3) (b) of the CGST Act, 2017 Issue a credit note for any post sales discount only if –

1. The same is established by an agreement entered before supply; and

2. It is linked to a particular invoice; and

3. ITC on such invoice is reversed  by the recipient

Note – All points are important. Please ensure that ITC is reversed by the recipient. Obtain a declaration for indemnification (Tax and Interest at risk) if the supplier avails full ITC


Mixed and Composite Supplies

Carefully ascertain if the supplies made by you are mixed or composite supplies. Tax Treatment is both cases are different. Refer to Sec 2(30) – Composite supply and Sec 2(74) – Mixed Supply Composite Supply – Insurance, packing, delivery or other charges levied in the invoice along with a supply of goods shall be charged at the same rate of GST at which the principal product is charged. This is a Composite supply.

Mixed Supply – A supply of a package consisting of canned foods, sweets, chocolates, cakes, dry fruits, aerated drinks, and fruit juices when supplied for a single price is a mixed supply and is taxed at the rate of the item that is taxed at the highest tax. Each of these items can be supplied separately and is not dependent on any other.


Penalty, fines or Interest on delayed payment

Any penalty or interest or fine charged on delayed payment by the customer is leviable to GST. GST on such cases is to be payable on actual receipt of consideration denoting such penalty, interest or fine. As and when the value is received, GST on such receipts may be paid. Refer to Sec 12(6) and 13(6) of the CGST Act, 2017.


Place of supply

Carefully examine the place of supply provisions to correctly charge type of GST Ascertain the Place of supply provisions applicable in each case and charge correct GST. For intrastate supplies, CGST + SGST shall be applicable and for Inter-state supplies, IGST shall be charged. Also carefully consider Bill to and Ship to scenarios for correct GST applicability.


Time of supply

Time of supply deals with the time for discharge of GST Liability. Study the time of supply provisions for payment of GST on time If the GST is not discharged on time, Interest is applicable. Examine time of supply for special transactions along with regular supplies, like –

1. Sale of Motor Vehicle or Assets

2. Disposal of assets without being supplied to the third party

3. Transactions covered in Schedule I of CGST Act, 2017

4. Payments received by way of interest, late fees or fine for delayed payment

5. Reverse charge transactions especially in case of associate enterprises located outside India


Reverse Change Transactions

Make a list of all reverse charge transactions along with the applicable date of introduction Discharge GST on reverse charge transactions within the due date. Analyze the eligibility or ineligibility of Input Tax Credit availability in all cases.


Reply to Notice/Email from Department

Respond to any notice or email seeking explanation or details from Departmental authorities

Never leave any notice unattended.

Carefully go through the notice or email from department seeking details or explanation. Do not panic. Prepare details properly and correctly. In case more time is required, obtain an extension of time by writing to the Department. Take acknowledgment of physical letters submitted to the Department.

For any critical or important matters, please seek the advice of your consultant or advocate


Ledger Scrutiny

It is important to review the ledgers for the entries passed Periodically review all entries passed in ledgers. If the number of entries is huge, you may take a cut off based on value or based on GL or any other parameter.


Gifts/Free Samples

Carefully examine the impact of Circulars and advance ruling issued on Gifts and Free samples Analyze the impact and decide on ITC reversal on Gifts or free samples


Stocks Damaged, Destroyed or written off

ITC is not available for stock damaged, destroyed or written off or disposed of. Carefully examine the write-offs in the books or any damages. ITC is to be reversed as per Sec 17(5) of the CGST Act, 2017. It is immaterial that the Insurance claim is lodged.


Year-end write-offs

We write off slow-moving or non- moving inventories at the year-end. ITC is to be reversed for all such cases Instead of writing off, if the physical existence of the goods is maintained, then reduce the value of such materials or maintain in books. This may delay the reversal of ITC to the time of physical write off of the goods/inputs.


Document Series

For each year maintain a new document series. Refer to provisions of Tax Invoice, Credit and Debit Notes for provisions The invoice should be a consecutive serial number not exceeding 16 characters.

Multiple series may be maintained – i.e. for domestic, exports, etc.

It may be alphanumeric with special characters such as a hyphen or dash and slash ( “-“ or “/”)

For goods – 3 sets

For services – 2 sets


Advance received against services

Pay GST on advance received against supply of services Discharge GST on receipt of advance Payment against supply of services and adjust the same subsequently on raising of invoices. Set off monthly liability against GST paid on advance


Purchases from E-Commerce Portals

Complete the registration formalities on E-Commerce portal to avail GST benefits on purchases made through such portal All major e-commerce website registration of businesses before passing on the benefit of GST ITC.

It is important to refer to the individual e-com website policy on availing GST ITC. Review the GST eligibility before each purchase.

Note – Even though GST may be charged on invoices, ITC may not be available to the buyer if the invoice is not “GST Invoice” or seller does not quote your GST number on the invoice


ITC on hotel accommodation and flight tickets

ITC is available on Hotel accommodation and flight tickets.

For hotel accommodation please check the Location of the Hotel and your presence in that particular State

GST ITC is available for flight bookings and hotel accommodation.

Provide your GST number to your Travel Agent or on the website from which the tickets are being booked.

For hotel accommodation in the same State, ITC may be available but if the hotel is located in some other State, GST ITC may not be available even though the GST is reflected in GSTR 2A.


Insurance – Mediclaim

Review GST ITC on Mediclaim Review provisions of Sec 17(5) to decide on the eligibility of GST ITC on Mediclaim obtained for employees


ITC on Insurance or repairs on Motor Vehicle  carrying passengers

ITC on motor insurance policies or motor repairs and maintenance is not eligible if the ITC on such motor vehicles are not available Review provisions of Sec 17(5) to decide on the eligibility of GST ITC on Insurance, repairs, and maintenance on motor vehicles for carrying passengers


Treatment of exempt supplies

Carefully review if outward supplies include any exempt supplies on which GST is not applicable Proportionate reversal of ITC on such exempt supplies is to be made for Inputs, Input Services, and capital goods. Refer to Rule 42 and 43 of the CGST Rules, 2017 


Goods/ Services for personal use

ITC is not allowed on any goods or services used for personal use Reverse ITC on any goods or services used for personal use. Review any such use and reverse ITC


Membership of club, fitness center

ITC is not eligible for membership of Club, health center or fitness center Review any such membership paid by the entity and do not avail any GST paid on such membership.


Reconcile GSTR 1 Vs. GSTR 3B

Reconcile Outward supply details reported in GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B Reconcile outward supplies reported in GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B in various tables i.e. Taxable outward supplies, ZERO rated supplies, etc. Take corrective action in case of any mismatch. Refer to Circular No 26/26/2017-GST dated 29th December 2017 for details of rectification to be done.


Reconcile GSTR Purchase Records Vs. GSTR 2A

Reconcile ITC availed in GSTR 3B vs. one auto-populated in GSTR 2A It is important to reconcile details of ITC availed in GSTR 3B and those appearing in GSTR 2A based on invoices uploaded by suppliers in their GSTR 1.


Reconcile GST ledgers vs. Books

Following Ledgers are maintained on GSTN Portal –

1. Electronic Cash Ledger

2. Electronic Credit Ledger

3. Electronic Liability Ledger

Reconcile balance of GST ledgers (Electronic Credit Ledger, Electronic Cash Ledger, Electronic Liability Ledger) with the balances appearing in the books of accounts


Reconcile ITC in books Vs. claimed in returns (Backdate entries)

Reconcile all invoices against which ITC is availed in GSTR 3B vs. those appearing in books of accounts for that particular month It happens sometimes that some invoices are received post-filing of returns and may have missed claiming ITC. It is very important to reconcile the details of invoices booked in ERP and ones claimed in returns


Reconcile Turnover in Books V/s Returns

Reconcile the Revenue appearing in books of accounts and those reported in returns Carefully, list out all revenue appearing in books of accounts including all other income. Examine the GST implication on such revenue and discharge GST liability for all such cases. Also review GST applicability on the sale of an asset, a motor vehicle which may not be routed through revenue GL.


Track Supplier non-compliance

Download GSTR 2A data and identify the non-compliant vendors Follow up with the vendors who have not filed their returns


Reconcile E-Way Bills issued V/s Returns filed

Reconcile E-Way Bills used against Outward Supplies, Inward Supplies, Return of goods (Either generated by supplier or recipient) List down all E-Way Bills issued and reconcile the same with those reported in GSTR 1.


Reconcile Sales returns vs. E-Way Bill data

Department has issued an advisory for mismatch of data between details reported in GST Returns and e-way bills generated for sales returns. Reconcile sales returns reported in GST Returns (Credit Notes) with the e-way bills generated through the portal.


Identify Ineligible ITC and reverse

List out all possible Ineligible ITC along with their HSN or SAC details so that ITC may not be availed Refer to Section 17(5) for a list of all such ineligible items.


Identify supplier invoices pending beyond 180 days

List out all the pending invoices for suppliers and list out the aging analysis of each invoice. ITC is to be reversed for suppliers whose invoices are unpaid within 180 days from the date of invoice. Interest is also applicable in case of reversal.


Report document series in GSTR 1

Report document series for all the documents issued during the month Report document series for Outward Supplies, Debit notes, Credit notes, Delivery challan, etc. Details to include Opening Series, Closing series and cancelled invoices


Report HSN details in GSTR 1

Disclose HSN details to be reported in GSTR 1 Prepare HSN details and reconcile


Review Capitalization of Assets

Review on the eligibility of ITC before deciding on capitalization in books of accounts For the capital expenditure where ITC is available, claim ITC and where-ever benefit of GST ITC is not available, capitalize the entire value (Basic plus GST) to avail the benefit of depreciation.


Review additions to Building and Shed

Do not avail ITC on capitalization of Building and Shed. ITC is not available for additions to immovable property as per Sec 17(5) of the CGST Act 2017. It is advisable to Capitalize the same along with GST paid to vendors. (Capitalize Basic plus GST)


Keep back up of ERP/Accounting package for all monthly returns filed (include for ITC)

Prepare month wise back up of all returns filed (i.e. GSTR1, GSTR 3B, ITC 04, GSTR 9, etc.) It is advisable to keep a proper back up of all the returns filed. Keep the backup of the ERP including all the invoices considered for ITC for that particular GST Return. Ideally, a print out of details would come handy. Keep month-wise GST physical file along with a soft copy of the same.


Validate vendor Invoices

Validate all particulars of the supplier invoices received It is better to review vendor invoices before accounting. Review- Name, GSTIN, POS, Basic Value, HSN and description, Tax Rate, Tax Value, Type of tax charged (CGST + SGST or IGST), etc. Flag off any issue immediately to the supplier to correct any discrepancy


Review GRN date with ITC availed

Review the date of receipt of goods while claiming ITC As per the provisions of GST Law, ITC is permissible post receipt of goods (except some exceptions such as receipts at job work premises, receipt by agent, etc.) Hence, Check once if the date of claiming ITC is post GRN date. Care must be taken for month end procurements, where supplier invoice may be date end of the month and goods are received in next month.


The Govt. has been taking adequate initiatives regularly to reduce the burden of compliances as much as possible. Maintaining transparency has always been the highest priority. Tax slab of goods for everyday use has now been reduced. Various rules are being brought and existing rules are being redefined. So, keeping yourself updated with the latest rules and notifications will enable you to know your tax liabilities properly. And, complying with the rule is a must for all businesses under GST administration.

Arpita Bora is leading the content writing team at HostBooks Limited. She has pursued her Masters in Commerce. With over 4.5 years of experience in technical and creative writing, she specializes in both long and short-form digital content.

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