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Tdayment to content authors, Goods and Services Tax - GST

Issue Id: - 116268
Dated: 5-5-2020
By:- Rajat Singhania
Tdayment to content authors

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In case of online education platforms, agreements are done with content authors and exclusive rights are transferred to the publishing platforms. In the instant case, an online education platform entered into a agreement with an author for providing video recordings of a course content and related support services. The consideration agreed to was divided into two parts: the first consisted of a guaranteed agreed value and the other part worked on a revenue sharing model under which the author would get a specific % of the revenue generated from the fee collected from subscribers.

Now, two question arises:

1. Would it be considered as sale of content or would fall under royalty income.

2. If it is under royalty, would GST on reverse charge be charged on it?

The online platform in question is an unregistered party under GST.

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1 Dated: 5-5-2020
By:- KASTURI SETHI

(1) It is a sale of content and NOT under the category of "Royalty" . Your transaction is covered under OIDAR services. Go through CBEC's Flyer No.42 dated 1.1.18. You will get reply to all queries in this circular.


2 Dated: 5-5-2020
By:- KASTURI SETHI

Regarding revenue sharing model, peruse all the replies of experts against Issue ID number 116204 dated 14.4.2020. It is for your additional knowledge. I am not aware of the terms and conditions of the agreement executed with an author. So I have referred to this Issue ID. Study all replies in view of your agreement.


3 Dated: 13-5-2020
By:- KASTURI SETHI

Also see the following decision of AAR in this context :

2020 (5) TMI 219 - AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RULING, TAMILNADU IN RE: VENBAKKAM COMMANDUR JANARDHANAN, (PROPRIETOR M/S. LAW WEEKLY JOURNAL)


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