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GST Registration Not Compulsory for Small Traders and Businesses

No need to take GST registration or pay GST(old service tax) if your services annual turnover is less than 20 Lakhs (Earlier the limit was 12 lakhs).Same is the case for small businesses selling goods.Service tax which was 12% pre 2014 and 15% pre July 2016 is now about 18% on an average in GST.


1. T.R. Ananthanarayanan

There are certain points to be noted.One will have to register for gst if having interstate supply.
There are chances when our retailer is having more turnover and if we don't register the input tax credit of the retailer shall be beared by them or passed on to customer. This causes the price to go up and thereby loosing a margin to competitor product which may have been gst registered. There are chances the some retailers may discourage products. So better to take gst and claim the tax input credit. Only disadvantage is once registered, the invoice filing system have to be maintained. Can be handwriten and a small player need an Internet access once in a month to upload. Before 10th a month. So better to register.There is a relaxation period of 3 months given to all business sector. Make changes in your business within that period.

2. Lata Thandava

But when did temples become a business place for them to pay GST for over 20 lakhs?If temples attract GST so should other places of worship in a country with a constitution thatt loudly proclaims EQUALITY.Temples tht sell darshan tickets are run by government and quasi govt boards.TTD has attracted more than 1 cr. GST on prasadam ladoo.

Most of the temples in south india are government managed.Hence one can forget darshan and archana tickets being removed as it is a source of income for the government which takes these money and as revealed by RTI uses it or haaj subsidy and church reparing along with any other government works requiring funds.Pittance is given for temple maintainance and also as salary for priests.It is a slow killing of temples to wipe out their existences over time.

Lucid write up on the matter by the President of Telangana Archaka Samakhya.

3. Maneesh Jayachandran

Ultimately will inspire more people to get registered and do regular filing.Manufacturers of branded products must register i guess.

Temples are places of businesses.Some temples sell darshan tickets of diety idol viewing of gods for money (entrance).I guess tax would be slapped on them. Similiarly some temple administration runs lodges along side the temples.Those rooms above 1000 rs daily rent will come under GST. Some Temples also sell special pooja's as well as products like chakras , yantras etc (metal pieces).I know a temple in Kerala which sell gold plated gooseberry to outside Kerala devotees.I had a meeting with them for getting the sales online.But such all things has been waived and kept out of GST i guess.Prasadam sales are exempted from GST.Tax would be there on Ghee, Agarbatti and pooja items sold from temple.

If in other places of worship also sales process is there, I think the central government should step in.I think prasadam ladoo is exempt from GST. This could discourage religion sellers slapping entrance fee or darshan tickets that are present in temples like Palani.

Cannot expect the central government to do so.Because the politicians themselves run beef export business and then campaigns for cow protection.They campaign against minority welfare ministry schemes and then when they sit in the same chair does not scrap hajj subsidy etc.Similiarly instead of handing over temples to hindus, they will tax it or put their politicians there so that they can milk it..


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