loader image

Continuous Supply of Goods and Services under GST

In the realm of taxation, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has brought significant changes to how goods and services are supplied and taxed in India. One crucial aspect that businesses need to understand is the concept of continuous supply of goods and services under GST. In this guide, we’ll break down this concept in simple terms, explaining how it works, its implications, and what businesses need to know to comply with GST regulations.

What is Continuous Supply of Goods and Services?

Continuous supply of goods and services refers to a transaction where the supply extends over a period of time, rather than being completed in a single instance. It involves recurring or periodic supplies of goods or services under a contract or agreement between the supplier and the recipient.

Examples of Continuous Supply

To understand continuous supply better, let’s consider a few examples:

  1. Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMCs): Contracts for the maintenance of machinery or equipment over a specified period are considered continuous supplies. The supplier provides maintenance services periodically throughout the contract duration.
  2. Subscription Services: Services like software subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, or streaming services that are provided continuously over a subscription period are also examples of continuous supplies.
  3. Lease Agreements: Leasing arrangements for property, vehicles, or equipment where the lease extends over a period of time constitute continuous supplies. The lessee pays periodic lease rentals to the lessor for the duration of the lease agreement.

Implications of Continuous Supply under GST

Continuous supply of goods and services under GST has several implications for businesses, including:

  1. Tax Liability: The liability to pay GST arises at the time of supply or at the time of issuing an invoice, whichever is earlier. For continuous supplies, this typically occurs at the end of each tax period or when a payment is received, depending on the terms of the contract.
  2. Time of Supply: Determining the time of supply is crucial for GST compliance. For continuous supplies, the time of supply is the earliest of:
    • Date of issue of invoice.
    • Last date on which the invoice should have been issued.
    • Date of receipt of payment.
  3. Input Tax Credit (ITC): Businesses can claim input tax credit on goods or services used for making taxable supplies, including continuous supplies. However, ITC can only be claimed when the supplier issues a tax invoice or debit note.

Compliance Requirements for Continuous Supply

To ensure compliance with GST regulations regarding continuous supply of goods and services, businesses must:

  1. Maintain Proper Records: Keep accurate records of all continuous supplies, including invoices, contracts, payment receipts, and other relevant documents.
  2. Issue Tax Invoices Timely: Issue tax invoices or debit notes for continuous supplies as per the GST invoice rules, ensuring timely compliance with invoicing requirements.
  3. Pay GST on Time: Pay GST on continuous supplies within the stipulated time frame to avoid penalties and interest charges.
  4. Reconcile Input Tax Credit: Reconcile input tax credit on goods and services used for continuous supplies to ensure accurate GST returns filing and claim maximum eligible credits.

Contact Support

Enter your details:

advanced divider
Logo of SalaryBox-the best employee management app
Get end-to-end visibility of your employees with top-notch staff management software.

© 2024 by Cresce Technology Private Limited. All rights reserved.

Chat Popup with Zoho Form
Chat Icon