SALES PROMOTION TECHNIQUES – TAXABILITY AND ITC

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SALES PROMOTION TECHNIQUES – TAXABILITY AND ITC

SALES PROMOTION TECHNIQUES – TAXABILITY AND ITC

The Government has issued Circular No. 92/11/2019-GST dated 7th March 2019 where certain aspects with respect to treatment of various sales promotion schemes, their impact on taxable value and input tax credit (ITC) have been clarified.

Four major sales promotion techniques are:

  1. Free Samples And Gifts
  2. Buy-One Get-One Free and similar offers
  3. Discounts including ‘Buy more, save more’ offers
  4. Post Sale discounts

 

Free Samples and GiftsSupply of samples to stockists, dealers etc. without charging any consideration

Taxable value  

Input Tax Credit

 

 

Free Samples not be treated as supply. Hence, GST is not payable on free samples.

 

NOTE: If free samples fall within the ambit of Schedule I of CGST Act i.e. deemed supplies even if made without consideration in select cases like supplies to related parties etc., these will be treated as taxable supplies.

 

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·        ITC shall not be available on inputs, input services and capital goods to the extent they are used in relation to the gifts or free samples distributed without any consideration

 

·        NOTE: ITC available if free samples fall within the ambit of supply (under Schedule I)

 

 

 

Buy-One Get-One Free and similar offers: Buy one unit of a product and get the                                                                               second unit free

                                                                                OR

                                                                     Buy one product and get another                                                                                         product free

 

Taxable value  

Input Tax Credit

 

 

It is a case of supplying two or more individual supplies where a single price is being charged for the entire supply.

 

GST is applicable on the actual consideration charged (i.e. single consideration) and applicability of GST rate will be dependent upon as to whether the supply is a composite supply or a mixed supply

 

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Entire ITC is available for the inputs, input services and capital goods used in relation to such promotional supplies

 

Discounts including ‘Buy more, save more’ offers:

Case A: Additional discounts over and above base discount for increased

              quantum of purchases. Discount offered on the Invoice itself

Case B: Periodic/ year end discounts by supplier to stockists. Discounts through issuance of credit notes post original supplies

Taxable value  

Input Tax Credit

 

 

Case A: Discounts offered on invoice shall be excluded to determine the value of supply.

 

Case B: Discounts offered post sale (through credit notes), are deductible from the taxable turnover and tax adjustment is allowed provided they satisfy the conditions laid down in Section 15(3) of the  CGST Act

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Case A: ITC would be available on goods supplied and no reversal of ITC would be required.

 

Case B: No adjustment is required in the ITC of the supplier.

 

NOTE: The recipient shall reverse the ITC claimed earlier based on the credit note issued by seller.

 

Post Sale discounts: The discount may be on account of revaluation in the price of goods, return of goods or any deficiencies in goods etc. These discounts are known as secondary discounts or post-sale discount.  These discounts are passed through credit notes.

Taxable value  

Input Tax Credit

 

 

Secondary discount provided subsequent to the point of supply shall not be excluded from the value of supply.  Hence, GST would apply even on the ‘discounted portion’ of supply.

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ITC would be available on goods supplied and no reversal of ITC would be required.

 

NOTE: If the conditions prescribed in Section 15(3)(b) of CGST Act are fulfilled, the GST on the discount portion may be reversed by issuing a credit note. In such case, the recipient shall reverse the ITC claimed earlier based on the credit note issued by seller.

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