Important Websites For Indian Bloggers To Add GST Number
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Note: This is neither a tax advice nor a detailed guide on Goods and Service Tax. This list is compiled for Indian taxpayers who are in the online business and have a Goods and Service Tax number or are about to get one.
I’m not sure about you, but I am tired of hearing about Goods and Service Tax. Even though it has been a year since GST was implemented, a lot of us are still confused about its functionality and calculation. Fact is, I’m not a master of GST either. It is something I’m learning along with all of you. Therefore, use this article as the first step and also do your research for a better, more detailed understanding.
As an online marketer if you are paying for services online or receiving payments from overseas, you can claim the ‘Input Tax’. This is applicable when your annual turnover is more than Rs 20 lakhs (Rs 10 lakhs for North Eastern and hill states).
As a blogger, you may be using a lot of services to pay for your hosting, email or similar services. You might also be using services like PayPal, Payoneer or many others to receive payment from overseas.
GST registration is mandatory if,
- your turnover in a financial year exceeds Rs 20 lakhs (Rs 10 lakhs for North Eastern and hill states)
- your business is registered under an earlier law, such as Service Tax or VAT
- you are involved in the inter-state supply of goods
- you sell on online marketplaces.
This is not a complete list. Talk to your tax consultant to understand your requirements.
It is a quick checklist for you where you should be adding your GST number. This way, all the services collecting and paying GST under your name will be submitting GST with your GST number and you can claim the input tax.
As I find more websites, I will keep updating you.
If you are using Paypal to receive payments, you should add your GST number there. Just to give you an idea, I received almost $12000 in the month of February using PayPal. The GST I could claim is about 7000 INR. Yearly, this is more than 75k INR.
I remember PayPal sending out an email to add the GST number. If you can’t find how to add it, login to your PayPal account and contact PayPal. Here is the direct link. You can also contact PayPal using their phone support.
I have talked about Google playbook earlier for publishing books. If you are also selling your books on Google playbook store, simply log in to your account, click on Payment center and edit it to add your GST number.
Most of the web hosting companies now let you add the Goods and Service Tax number. Depending on the hosting account you are using, login to your control panel and add GST number. When you pay your bill next, you will be able to claim GST credits. To add Goods and Service Tax number to your Hostgator account:
- Login to HostGator portal at portal.hostgator.com
- Click on Account > Settings
- Scroll down and enter your Goods and Service Tax number
Bluehost is the #1 choice among bloggers on WordPress. Bluehost and HostGator have the same parent company and offer the ability to claim Goods and Service Tax by adding GST number.
To add Goods and Service Tax number in Bluehost, login to your Bluehost Panel (Bluerock) and click on profile > Billing and scroll down to add your GST number.
Digital Ocean is a cloud hosting company and one of the idle choices among developers and tech-inclined users who are looking for unmanaged VPS. If you use DigitalOcean hosting, login to the panel and add the Goods and Service Tax number under the billing option.
If you use any other hosting company, log in to their panel and check whether or not they have added the GST option. If not, ask the customer support (contact billing/finance department) and see if they are going to add Goods and Service Tax support in the future.
I will update the list as soon as I learn about more hosting companies supporting Goods and Service Tax.
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