GST has become a talk of the town. With all confusions and excitements, GST finally rolled out on 01st July 2017. There is a common concern among all whether they should opt for voluntary registration under GST. So simple answer is any business can opt for voluntary registration under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime; even if their turnover is below INR 20 lakhs (INR 10 lakhs for NE States).
Let us understand whether you should opt for voluntary registration under GST and if yes then how, with the help of a practical example:
As per the provisions of the Act, the turnover threshold for normal taxpayers is INR 20 lakhs (for NE states INR 10 lakhs). This indicates that a spare parts dealer having a turnover of INR 13-15 lakh is not required to register under the GST regime.
However, somehow this time, the government is seeking some voluntary GST registrations under a unique set of tax rules and regulations. Hence, the taxpayer whose turnover does not exceed the limits of INR 20 lakh can also register under GST.
According to tax experts, voluntary registration under GST can bring some healthy chance for dealers. For example, business of Small spare parts might not exceed the predetermined limits, but if it is a supplier to a large dealer who is registered under GST, it will be the resourceful side of the GST registrations.
The above-mentioned benefits are certainly there if you opt for voluntary registration under GST. However, there are certain criteria which need to be taken into consideration.
GST forms are based on the transactions of sales, purchases, and the ITC input tax credit for the purpose of the tax liability. The GST being a destination based tax and state wise different registration is required to be taken unlike centralised registration under service tax, returns should be filed for every GSTIN where the business unit is situated. ITC will be available only if the dealer is registered in all the states where he is conducting the business and received the local tax invoices of CGST and SGST.
Based on the above arguments, it is needless to say that if you are willing to opt for voluntary registration under GST, it is not at all a bad idea. Registration under GST will surely result in marvellous growth and expansion prospects for SMEs.