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GST on bloggers

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A blogger is a person who writes content in a weblog (blog in short). Writing in a blog is often referred to as blogging. There is anxiety among the bloggers with regard to the applicability, rates and other provisions of GST on blogging services. Here we will try to explain compliances, procedures and applicable tax rates for bloggers under Goods and Services Tax.

GST registration for bloggers

GST registration is a unique identification number issued to the taxpayer after filing an online application on the Common portal. Bloggers need to obtain a GST number if the annual turnover of blogging services including other supplies exceeds or likely to exceeds Rs 20 lakhs. The penalty for non-registering under GST is 100% of the tax due or Rs 10,000, whichever is higher.

Bloggers need to upload the following documents on the GST official website while applying for registration under GST-

(i) PAN card

(ii) Aadhaar Card

(iii) Proof of principal place of business

(iv) Bank A/c related proof

(v) Photograph

GST rate applicable on blogging services

GST @ 18% would be applicable on blogging services. Registered bloggers need to charge tax from customers and deposit it with the government.

(i) If blogging services provided within the state, the total GST rate would remain the same i.e. 18% but it would be split into 2 parts i.e. CGST @9% & SGST @9%. The same can be understood from example given in the below table-

 

Particulars

Amount (Rs.)

Monthly blogging income

200,000

CGST (9%)

18,000

SGST (9%)

18,000

Total amount to be charged in tax invoice

2,36,000

 

(ii) If blogging services provided outside the state, IGST @18 would be applicable.

Particulars

Amount (Rs.)

Monthly blogging income

200,000

IGST (18%)

36,000

Total amount to be charged in tax invoice

2,36,000


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CA Rupali Gupta

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