With respect to the GST, there are two kinds of taxes levied on supply – on the intrastate and the interstate. The central government and the respective state governments levy taxes on the intrastate supplies. Additionally, there are taxes levied on goods and services within Union Territories known as the Union Territory GST.
As on April 6, 2017, the UTGST bill, along with the central and interstate GST bills was passed and has come into effect with the UTGST being levied in place of the state GST within the respective union territories.
There are several factors that go into the levying of this Union Territory GST –
Where is the tax levied?
The UTGST, as its name suggests is levied on the Union Territories within the nation. There are 7 Union Territories, namely –
- Daman and Diu
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Since Delhi and Puducherry are states which have their own legislature, they are known as semi-states. In keeping with this, under the Indian Constitution, the state GST is levied on Delhi and Puducherry, just as it is levied on all the other states in the country. An explanation for this stems from the definition of ‘states’ as per the Indian Constitution which includes any union territory that has its own legislature.
The UTGST shall apply on all the above-mentioned states except for the states of Delhi and Puducherry, as they fall under the ambit of a semi-state. (The state GST shall not be applicable on a union territory.)
When a supply takes place within the states of Delhi or Puducherry, the central and state GST shall apply; and when the supply takes place from the states of Delhi or Puducherry to a different state or union territory, the interstate GST shall be levied.
How is the Tax Levied?
Just as explained above, a supply within a union territory shall attract the GST applicable to a union territory as well as the centre. For example, in case of a supply of automobile parts from X store to Y store within the union territory of Daman and Diu, assuming the GST is applicable at 12%, the following will be the tax calculation –
Automobile parts – INR 1,00,000
Central GST – INR 6,000
UT GST – INR 6,000
Total – 1,12,000
When the supply of goods and services takes place from one union territory to another union territory or state, the interstate GST shall be applicable, as its name suggests.
So for the tax calculation of automobile parts supplied from Daman and Diu to the state of West Bengal, if the interstate GST is at the rate of 12%, then the amount would be –
Automobile Parts – INR 1,00,000
Intrastate GST – 12,000
Total – INR 1,12,000
It is pertinent to note that just as the state GST can be used as credit to set off the tax payable, so can the UTGST. Thus, if the input tax credit is UTGST, the UTGST and then the interstate GST shall be used to set-off against the liability in that respective order. However, keep in mind that the UTGST credit cannot be used to set-off against any liability that arises from the central GST.