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E-Commerce - GST and Indirect Tax Issues

Goods and Service Tax - GST - By: - pranav deshpande - Dated:- 14-7-2015 - E-Commerce, in itself, is a taxation quagmire. The roots lie in the classic sale vs service controversy, in which the respective e-tailers could treat the transaction as a service, whereas States want to treat it as a transaction subject to State VAT. Amazon is a classic example, in which Karnataka took the lead. Even within the sales tax controversy, the next question is that of a level playing field. If the State, in wh .....

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ill demand full VAT, in absence of a C Form. Therein lies the additional difficulty. And let us not forget the interest and penalty part. The situation can get further complicated if States amend their respective VAT laws, to provide for taxing such transactions. Even if the taxing entry gets challenged in Courts, another front that will be opened with this, is that of jurisdiction. States, in which offices are not located or from which billing is not happening, are not going to simply allow sto .....

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away. Of course, the State which was demanding or getting full tax, will lose its revenue, under GST, as other States will share it. Well, as they say, you win some, you lose some CA. Pranav Deshpande E-Commerce, in itself, is a taxation quagmire. The roots lie in the classic sale vs service controversy, in which the respective e-tailers could treat the transaction as a service, whereas States want to treat it as a transaction subject to State VAT. Amazon is a classic example, in which Karnatak .....

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