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India e-commerce GST withholding tax

  • Nov 27, 2016 | Richard Asquith

India e-commerce GST withholding tax

Indian e-commerce companies will face Tax Collected at Source (TCS) obligations on the new Goods and Services Tax regime due to launch in 2017. The rate could hit 2% on intra-state sales of goods and electronic services.

TCS is an Indian income withholding tax collected from suppliers by Indian e-commerce companies – such as Snapdeal and Flipkart - selling certain goods acquired for resale. The e-commerce business then declares and pays any TCS collected in a quarterly return to the tax authorities. The vendor of the goods is entitled to a credit on any TCS suffered, which they  apply against other income tax return.

TCS is generally 1%, although a further 1% may be suffered on intra-state transfers according to the new GST legislation.

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.