Who is an Ecommerce operator under GST Law in India?

Definition of e-commerce under GST in India

 

Who is an Ecommerce operator under GST Law in IndiaAs per section 43B(d) of the MGL defines an Electronic Commerce to mean the supply or receipt of goods and/ or services, or transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network, primarily the internet, by using any of the applications that rely on the internet, like but not limited to e-mail, instant messaging, shopping carts, web services, universal description Discovery and integration (UDDI), File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) whether or not the payment is conducted online and whether or not the ultimate delivery of the goods and/or services is done by the operator.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 43B(e) of the Indian GST Law defines an Electronic Commerce Operator (Operator) as every person who, directly or indirectly, owns, operates or manages an electronic platform which is engaged in facilitating the supply of any goods and/or services. Also a person providing any information or any other services incidental to or in connection with such supply of goods and services through electronic platform would be considered as an Operator.

The GST Law also explains that a person supplying goods/services on his own account, however, would not be considered as an Operator. For instance, Amazon and Flipkart are e-commerce Operators because they are facilitating actual suppliers to supply goods through their platform (popularly called Market place model or Fulfilment Model). However, Titan supplying watches and jewels through its own website would not be considered as an e-commerce operator for the purposes of this provision. Similarly, Amazon and Flipkart will not be treated as e-commerce operators in relation to those supplies which they make on their own account (popularly called inventory Model).

Here, the meaning and definition of e-commerce is explained as per GST Law of India. Please comment your views about definition and meaning of e-commerce operator under GST Law in India.

 

 

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Comments


Santokh Saggu: A company provides software as a service to its clients, the software is developed by the company itself, and the turnover is less than 20 lakhs.In this case is GST necessary.

saji joseph: sir, I am registered under Rent- a- cab, doing operation by emails from the corporates. Shall I come under Reverse Charge under GST. regards Saji

ismail zaz: dear sir, I have created a website from india but do not buy from india on my website and do not sale in india. what responsibility do tax have on me in such a scenario? regards ismail zaz

Manoj Singh: Sir, Is cypher cafe, or form filling computer centers, or Common Service Center where passport or pan etc services are applied comes under e-commerce operator.

Sil: Very good explanation. Meaning fully cleared.

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