A major change for which the businesses have to gear up starting 01st April 2021 is mentioning of HSN codes on all the tax invoices:

Major points to be considered for this new provision are as below:

1. The change is an extension of the amendment made in Notification 12/2017-Central Tax through Notification No. 78/2020 dated 15/12/2020.

2. For turnover up to 5 crores:HSN Digits
If supply made to registered person4
If supply made to unregistered personNIL

3. For turnover more than 5 crores:

If supply made to registered person 6
If supply made to unregistered person 6

4. For exporters:

If supply made to registered person 8
If supply made to unregistered person 8

5. It is optional to show HSN codes in B2C invoices for turnover below 5 crores as per point no 2 above.

 6. The 49 chemicals as specified in the enclosed Annexure have to be mandatorily shown under 8 digits as per Notification no. 90/2020 dated 01st December 2020.

 7. It is mandatory to report minimum digits as per points 3, 4 and 5 above in Table 12 of GSTR 1.

 8. It is mandatory to report minimum digits as per points 3, 4 and 5 above in Tax Invoices also.

 9. The digits of HSN codes will have to be reported based on the aggregate turnover of the preceding financial year.

10. Mention of these 8 digits HSN on the export invoices is a requirement under Foreign Trade Policy.

 11. Mention of these 8 digits ITC (HS) on the export invoices is also a requirement under Foreign Trade Policy and not under GST framework.

13. All the tax invoices should contain HSN digits, description of goods and tax rates specifically for better transparency and avoid any future litigation’s.

14. The minor description change completely changes the tax rate and the HSN codes. The detailed description as per point 12 above will prove to be a bona fide disclosure in case of any litigations or confusions.

15. The Govt. is implementing Text Mining through ADVAIT in the GST Regulatory Framework, it will become really easy for the Department to track HSN mismatches and mistakes in Tax Invoices, GSTR 1, GSTR 9, E Waybill, AOC 4, Cost Audit Report, Registration Certificate, Shipping Bill and Bill of Entry and issue notices for penalizing Businesses automatically.

 16. There is also a fine of Rs. 50,000 for committing a mistake related to this particular scenario under section 125 of the GST.

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