A GST invoice is a bill or receipt of goods and services required to be issued as it is a document which
evidences supply of goods and services and becomes the reason for a charge of tax. A GST invoice bill
displays the amount of taxes imposed on each product or service, which an individual purchases from the
seller or provider. Invoicing forms an important function when it comes to the purpose of performing a
According to Section 2(66) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act of 2017, to know the exact format of
a tax invoice, one must refer to Section 31. Although Section 31 draws a general guideline for GST
invoice formats, it does not go into details. However, Section 31 does state the requirements that an
invoice must have to be certified as an official GST document. The invoice can be electronic, as well as
manual. The GST Invoice Bill must include all the supplementary bills or invoices. Any revisions to the
invoice created by the supplier in the past must be documented in the invoice and the invoice should be
issued by an input distributor.
As per Section 31/Rule 46 of CGST Act, 2017, GST Tax Invoice must include these following particulars:
The generation of a GST invoice for goods shipped or services rendered can be difficult in certain cases.
To ease the process, the Indian Government has made a general time limit for suppliers to follow. For
normal goods, the supplier has to make an invoice on or before the date of removal of mentioned
Supply of Services
In case of taxable supply of services, invoice referred in Rule 46 shall be issued within 30 days from
the date of supply of service.
Continuous Supply of Goods
If the invoice is concerned to a recipient with whom the supplier maintains a constant order of business,
then the latter can provide a GST invoice on or before the account statement is generated or payment is
Continuous Supply of Services
Continuous supply of services means a supply of services which is provided continuously under a contract
for a period exceeding 3 months with periodic obligations. In such case,
Banking Company and NBFCs
The time limit for providing a GST receipt is 45 days from the date of supply of service.
Copies of Invoices for Supply of Goods
In case of raising a GST invoice for supply of goods, the issuer will have to lay out three copies for
the following members involved in such transactions:
As there is no transporter involved in a supply of service, issuers need to arrange only two copies of
the GST invoice bill:
For goods or services that are being exported, the invoice must clearly mention the words, "supply for
export on payment of Unified tax" along with the name and address of the receiver, address of delivery
and the name of the country of destination.
Under Rule 53 of the CGST Act, 2017, revised tax invoices can be raised against issued invoices. The
revision of the GST invoice bill can have a decrease or increase in the prices of goods or services
supplied. It can also have a change in the CGST/SGST/IGST rates, previously applied to this bill. There
are some extra particulars that should be present in a revised GST invoice: ‘Revised Invoice’ should be
written wherever applicable on the bill and the nature of the document.
A supplier can avoid providing a GST invoice only under two conditions:
The supplier of goods or services must remember that in case of tax-exempted goods and services, a
registered business needs to provide a bill of supply rather than a regular GST invoice. This also
applies if the supplier in question is already carrying taxes under composition scheme.
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