The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified the clarification in respect of applicability of Dynamic Quick Response (QR) Code on B2C invoices and compliance of notification 14/2020- Central Tax dated 21st March 2020.
The Notification No. 14/2020-Central Tax, dated 21st March 2020 had been issued which requires Dynamic QR Code on B2C invoice issued by taxpayers having aggregate turnover more than 500 crore rupees, w.e.f. December 1, 2020.
Further, vide Notification No. 89/2020- Central Tax, dated 29th November 2020, penalty has been waived for non-compliance of the provisions of Notification No.14/2020 Central Tax for the period from 1st December, 2020 to 31st March, 2021, subject to the condition that the said person complies with the provisions of the said Notification from 01st April, 2021.
The Board has received various references from trade and industry seeking clarification on applicability of Dynamic QR Code on B2C (Registered person to Customer) invoices and compliance of Notification No. 14/2020-Central Tax, dated 21stMarch, 2020 as amended.
The issues have been examined and in order to ensure uniformity in the implementation of the provisions of the law across the field formations the Board, in the exercise of its powers conferred under section 168(1) of the CGST Act, 2017, clarified various issues.
Firstly, notification No 14/2020- Central Tax dated 21st March, 2020 is applicable to a tax invoice issued to an unregistered person by a registered person (B2C invoice) whose annual aggregate turnover exceeds Rs.500 Crores in any of the financial years from 2017-18 onwards.
However, the said notification is not applicable to an invoice issued in cases where the supplier of taxable service is an insurer or a banking company or a financial institution, including a non-banking financial company; a goods transport supplying services in relation to transportation of goods by road in a goods carriage; supplying passenger transportation service; agency supplying services by way of admission to exhibition of cinematography in films in multiplex screens and OIDAR supplies made by any registered person, who has obtained registration under section 14 of the IGST Act 2017, to an unregistered person.
As regards the supplies made for exports, though such supplies are made by a registered person to an unregistered person, however, as e-invoices are required to be issued in respect of supplies for exports, in terms of Notification no. 13/2020-Central Tax, dated 21st March 2020 treating them as Business to Business (B2B) supplies, Notification no. 14/2020- Central Tax, dated 21st March 2020 will not be applicable to them.
Secondly, CBIC clarified that Dynamic QR Code, in terms of Notification No. 14/2020-Central Tax, dated 21st March 2020 is required, inter-alia, to contain the information namely Supplier GSTIN number, Supplier UPI ID, Payee’s Bank A/C number, and IFSC, Invoice number & invoice date, Total Invoice Value and GST amount along with breakup i.e. CGST, SGST, IGST, CESS, etc. Further, a Dynamic QR Code should be such that it can be scanned to make a digital payment.
Thirdly, if the supplier has issued invoice having Dynamic QR Code for payment, the said invoice shall be deemed to have complied with Dynamic QR Code requirements.
In cases where the supplier, has digitally displayed the Dynamic QR Code and the customer pays for the invoice Using any mode like UPI, credit/ debit card or online banking or cash or combination of various modes of payment, with or without using Dynamic QR Code, and the supplier provides a cross reference of the payment (transaction id along with date, time and amount of payment, mode of payment like UPI, Credit card, Debit card, online banking etc.) on the invoice ; or in cash, without using Dynamic QR Code and the supplier provides a cross reference of the amount paid in cash , along with date of such payment on the invoice;
The said invoice shall be deemed to have complied with the requirement of having Dynamic QR Code.
Fourthly, if the cross reference of the payment made using such electronic modes of payment is made on the invoice, the invoice shall be deemed to comply with the requirement of Dynamic QR Code. However, if payment is made after generation / issuance of invoice, the supplier shall provide Dynamic QR Code on the invoice.
Fifthly, if cross reference of the payment received either through electronic mode or through cash or combination thereof is made on the invoice, then the invoice would be deemed to have complied with the requirement of Dynamic QR Code.
In cases other than pre-paid supply i.e. where payment is made after generation / issuance of invoice, the supplier shall provide Dynamic QR Code on the invoice.
Lastly, the provisions of the notification shall apply to each supplier/registered person separately, if such person is liable to issue invoices with Dynamic QR Code for B2C supplies as per the said notification.
In case, the supplier is making supply through the E-commerce portal or application, and the said supplier gives cross-references of the payment received in respect of the said supply on the invoice, then such invoices would be deemed to have complied with the requirements of the Dynamic QR Code. In cases other than pre-paid supply i.e. where payment is made after generation/issuance of the invoice, the supplier shall provide a Dynamic QR Code on the invoice.
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