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What is a Bill of Supply?

Have you heard about the Bill of Supply but aren’t sure what it is? Don’t worry; we’ll explain it in simple terms. The Bill of Supply is a crucial document in business transactions, and understanding its purpose is essential for business owners.

What is a Bill of Supply?

A Bill of Supply is a document issued by registered taxpayers when supplying exempt goods or services or when registered under the Composition Scheme. Unlike a tax invoice, it does not include any tax component.

When to Use a Bill of Supply?

You should use a Bill of Supply in the following scenarios:

  1. When selling exempt goods or services that do not attract GST.
  2. When registered under the Composition Scheme and selling goods or services covered under the scheme.
  3. When dealing with unregistered dealers who cannot issue tax invoices.

Key Components of a Bill of Supply

A Bill of Supply typically includes:

  1. Seller’s Details: Name, address, and GSTIN (if registered).
  2. Buyer’s Details: Name, address (not mandatory for unregistered buyers).
  3. Description of Goods or Services: Details of the items sold or services provided.
  4. Bill Number and Date: Unique identification number and date of issuing the bill.
  5. Total Amount: The total value of goods or services supplied excluding taxes.

Key Components of a Bill of Supply

Difference Between a Bill of Supply and Tax Invoice

While both documents serve as evidence of a transaction, they differ in the following ways:

  1. Tax Component: A tax invoice includes the tax amount charged on goods or services, while a Bill of Supply does not include any tax component.
  2. Applicability: Tax invoices are used for taxable supplies, while Bills of Supply are used for exempt supplies or Composition Scheme transactions.
  3. Input Tax Credit: Buyers can claim input tax credit based on tax invoices, but not on Bills of Supply, as there is no tax component.

Importance of the Bill of Supply

The Bill of Supply plays a crucial role in business transactions:

  1. Compliance: Issuing a Bill of Supply ensures compliance with GST regulations for exempt supplies or Composition Scheme transactions.
  2. Record Keeping: It helps in maintaining accurate records of transactions, which is essential for audits and financial management.
  3. Legal Validity: The Bill of Supply serves as a legal document evidencing the sale of goods or services, protecting both the seller and the buyer.
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