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GST Registration for E-commerce sellers
Sparsh wadhwa By: Sparsh wadhwa
September 16, 2023
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Who are e-commerce sellers?

E-commerce sellers are businesses or individuals who sell products or services online through various e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, etc. These sellers can be manufacturers, distributors, retailers, or even individuals who want to sell their products or services online.

In India, e-commerce sellers are required to comply with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) laws and regulations.

Here are the GST requirements for e-commerce sellers:

1. GST registration: E-commerce sellers are required to obtain GST registration even if their annual turnover does not exceeds Rs. 40 lakhs (for businesses operating in special category states, the threshold limit is Rs. 20 lakhs). If the e-commerce seller is registered under GST, they must mention their GST registration number on their website and all invoices generated.

2. Collection and payment of GST: E-commerce sellers are required to collect and pay GST on the supplies made by them. They must charge GST on the products sold and remit the collected GST to the government within the prescribed time limit. The rate of GST applicable to e-commerce sellers depends on the type of products sold and the nature of the business.

3. Filing of GST returns: E-commerce sellers must file GST returns regularly to report their sales, purchases, and tax liability. The frequency of GST return filing depends on the turnover of the e-commerce seller. The GSTR-1 return is required to be filed by e-commerce sellers to report the outward supplies made by them, while the GSTR-3B return is required to be filed to report the summary of sales and purchases and the tax liability.

4. TCS (Tax Collected at Source): E-commerce operators are required to collect TCS at the rate of 1% from the sellers for taxable supplies made through their platform. The TCS collected by the e-commerce operator must be deposited with the government and reported in their GSTR-8 return.

The process for GST registration for e-commerce sellers is as follows:

1. Visit the GST portal: The first step is to visit the official GST portal at

2. Click on “Services”: On the home page, click on the “Services” tab and select “Registration.”

3. Fill in the required details: The e-commerce seller must fill in the required details, such as their PAN, email ID, mobile number, and state of business.

4. Upload the required documents: The e-commerce seller must upload the required documents, such as their PAN card, Aadhaar card, bank statement, and proof of address.

5. Submit the application: Once all the details and documents have been entered, the e-commerce seller must submit the application.

6. Verification of application: The GST authorities will verify the application and may ask for additional information or documents if required.

7. Receipt of GST registration certificate: Once the application is approved, the e-commerce seller will receive the GST registration certificate.

After obtaining GST registration, e-commerce sellers must comply with the GST regulations, including the collection and payment of GST, filing of GST returns, and adherence to TCS (Tax Collected at Source) requirements.

The author is a GST and Income Tax Practisioner and can be contacted at 9024915488.


By: Sparsh wadhwa - September 16, 2023



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