Input credit means at the time of paying tax on output, you can reduce the tax you have already paid on inputs and pay the balance amount.
When you buy a product/service from a registered dealer you pay taxes on the purchase. On selling, you collect the tax. You adjust the taxes paid at the time of purchase with the amount of output tax (tax on sales) and balance liability of tax (tax on sales minus tax on purchase) has to be paid to the government. This mechanism is called utilization of input tax credit.
For example- you are a manufacturer: a. Tax payable on output (FINAL PRODUCT) is Rs 450 b. Tax paid on input (PURCHASES) is Rs 300 c. You can claim INPUT CREDIT of Rs 300 and you only need to deposit Rs 150 in taxes.
Who can claim ITC?
ITC can be claimed by a person registered under GST only if he fulfills ALL the conditions as prescribed.
- The dealer should be in possession of tax invoice
- The said goods/services have been received
- Returns have been filed.
- The tax charged has been paid to the government by the supplier.
- When goods are received in installments ITC can be claimed only when the last lot is received.
- No ITC will be allowed if depreciation has been claimed on tax component of a capital good
Reversal of Input Tax Credit
ITC can be availed only on goods and services for business purposes. If they are used for non-business (personal) purposes, or for making exempt supplies ITC cannot be claimed. Apart from these, there are certain other situations where ITC will be reversed.
ITC will be reversed in the following cases:
1) Non-payment of invoices in 180 days: ITC will be reversed for invoices which were not paid within 180 days of issue.
2) Credit note issued to ISD by seller: This is for ISD. If a credit note was issued by the seller to the HO then the ITC subsequently reduced will be reversed.
3) Inputs partly for business purpose and partly for exempted supplies or for personal use: This is for businesses which use inputs for both business and non-business (personal) purpose. ITC used in the portion of input goods/services used for the personal purpose must be reversed proportionately.
4) Capital goods partly for business and partly for exempted supplies or for personal use: This is similar to above except that it concerns capital goods.
5) ITC reversed is less than required: This is calculated after the annual return is furnished. If total ITC on inputs of exempted/non-business purpose is more than the ITC actually reversed during the year then the difference amount will be added to output liability. Interest will be applicable.
Reconciliation of ITC
ITC claimed by the person has to match with the details specified by his supplier in his GST return. In case of any mismatch, the supplier and recipient would be communicated regarding discrepancies after the filling of GSTR 3. Please read our article on the detailed explanation of the reasons for mismatch of ITC and procedure to be followed to apply for re-claim of ITC.
Documents Required for Claiming ITC
The following documents are required for claiming ITC: 1. Invoice issued by the supplier of goods/services 2. The debit note issued by the supplier to the recipient (if any) 3. Bill of entry 4. An invoice issued under certain circumstances like the bill of supply issued instead of tax invoice if the amount is less than Rs 200 or in situations where the reverse charge is applicable as per GST law. 5. An invoice or credit note issued by the Input Service Distributor(ISD) as per the invoice rules under GST. 6. A bill of supply issued by the supplier of goods and services or both.
All these documents are to furnished at the time of filing form GSTR-2.
Special cases of ITC
A. ITC for Capital Goods
ITC is available for capital goods under GST.
However, ITC is not available for- i. Capital Goods used exclusively for making exempted goods ii. Capital Goods used exclusively for non-business (personal) purposes.
Note: No ITC will be allowed if depreciation has been claimed on tax component of capital goods.