Overcoming the Challenges of GST e-Invoicing

22/06/2023 | Completed Event

World Trade Center jointly with FICCI and Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs held an online session “Overcoming the Challenges of GST e-Invoicing”. BDO India was the knowledge partner for the event. Mr. Mandalika Srinivas IRS, Principal Chief Commissioner, GST & Central Excise, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry was the keynote speaker. Mr. CA. Amrith Lal, Convenor for Finance & Taxation Panel, FICCI, Tamil Nadu State Council gave the introductory remarks and Mr. Rahul Aggarwal, Partner & Tax Tech Lead, Digital Services, BDO India provided the detailed presentation. In his Keynote Address, Mr. Mandalika Srinivas IRS spoke about the reduction in threshold for generating e-invoices to 5 crore annual aggregate turnover. This is applicable for companies whose annual turnover is 5 crore and above for any FY starting from 2017-18. Aggregate turnover refers to those with respect of all taxable supplies plus turnover of exports, exempted supplies, inter GSTIN transfers under a single PAN. He listed the exempted categories as - SEZ units, insurance & banking sector, goods transport agencies, passenger transport services, admission ticket, B2C, exempted supplies and high CCH. The generation of reference number is required not just for invoice, but also for debit and credit notes. He opined that the biggest advantage of this system is a smooth ITC reconciliation, simultaneous generation of e-way bill, elimination of data errors, and high reliability. Recipients needs to insist on e-invoices as a normal invoice generated by an entity which requires to generate an e-invoice will be considered non valid, including ITC reconciliation. He urged all to comply with this initiative which will be a win-win for all stakeholders. Mr. CA. Amrith Lal remarked that this action by the Govt has brought about a great degree of standardization and a lot of MSMEs are now included in the e-invoicing requirement threshold. He added that penalty is INR 10000 per invoice. He observed that various companies now require their vendors to fill out a declaration form where their annual turnover post 2017 -18 is mentioned and opined that this a good practice to avoid further complications. Mr. Rahul Aggarwal spoke in detail about the reduction in the threshold. The Govt of India has listed all GSTIN for whom e-invoicing is applicable in their GSTN portal. He mentioned that this is not a GSTIN based requirement, but PAN based. The system has been implemented in over 70 countries and is predicted to be the predominant mode of global exchange of commercial documents by 2025. It helps in enhancing fiscal control, cost reduction, boost in economic savings, pre-population of tax returns, track payments and control frauds. Asia pacific is expected to experience highest growth in e-invoicing especially India and China. He listed the various modes of creating e-invoice such as web, API, SMS, Mobile App, offline tool and GSP. Mr. Vivek George, World Trade Center delivered the welcome address and Mr. C.U. Poovaiah, Regional Director, EPCES proposed the vote of thanks.