Guidelines under sub-section (4) of section 194-0, sub-section (3) of section 194Q and sub- section (I-I) of section 206C of tile Income-tax Act, 1961 – reg.

Circular No. 20 of 2021

F. No.370142fS6/2021-TPL
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
(TPL Division)
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Dated 25th November, 2021

Subject: Guidelines under sub-section (4) of section 194-0, sub-section (3) of section 194Q and subsection (I-I) of section 206C of tile Income-tax Act, 1961 – reg.
Finance Act, 2020 inserted a new section 194-0 in the Income-tax Act 196 1 (here in after referred
to as ” the Act”) which mandates that with effect from 1st day of October, 2020, an e-commerce operator
shall deduct income-tax at the rate of one per cent of the gross amount of sa le of goods or provision of
services or both, facilitated through its digital or electronic facility or platform. However, exemption from
the said deduction has been provided in case of certain individuals or Hindu undivided fam il y subject to
fulfilment of specified conditions. This deduction is required to be made at the time of cred it of the
amount of such sale or service or both to the account of an e-commerce participant or at the time of
payment thereof to such e-Commerce participant, whichever is earlier.

2. Finance Act, 2020 also inserted sub-section ( 11-1 ) in section 206C of the Act which mandates that
with effect from I” day of October, 2020 a seller receiving an amount as consideration for sale of any
goods of the value or aggregate of such value exceeding fifty lakh rupees in any previous year shall
collect from the buyer, a sum equal to 0. 1 per cent of the sale consideration exceeding fifty lakh rupees
as income-tax. The collection is required to be made at the time of receipt of amount of sale
consideration. Seller is defined as the person whose total sales or gross receipts or turnover from the
business carried on by him exceed ten crore rupees during the financial year immediately preceding the
financial year in which the sale of good is carried out. Central Government has been authorised to specify
by notification in the Official Gazette, the person who would not be considered as seller for the purposes
of this section, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions as specified therein.

3. Finance Act, 202 1 inserted a new section 194Q to the Act which took effect from 1st day of July,202 1. It applies to any buyer who is responsible for paying any sum to any resident seller for purchase of
any goods other value or aggregate of value exceeding fifty lakh rupees in any previous year. The buyer,
at the time of credit of such sum to the account of the seller or at the time of payment, whichever is
earlier, is required to deduct an amount equal to 0. 1 % of such Sum exceeding fifty lakh rupees as income
tax. Buyer is defined to be person whose total sales or gross receipts or turnover from the business
carried on by him exceed ten crore rupees during the financial year immediately preceding the financial
yea r in which the purchase of goods is carried out. Central Government has been authorised to specify by
notification in the Official Gazette, person who would not be considered as buyer for the purposes of this
section, subject to fulfillment of specified conditions.

4. Sub-section (4) of section 194-0, sub-section (3) of section 194Q and sub-section ( I-I) of section
206C of the Act empowers the Board (with the approval of the Central Government) to issue guidelines
for the purpose of removing difficulties.

4.1 In this regard, vide circular no. 17 of2020 dated 29.09.2020, guidelines were issued by the Board
(with the approval of the Central Government) in relation to the provisions of section 194-0 and section
206C( 1 H) of the Act in certain cases to remove difficulties and provide clarity for certain transactions.

4.2 Further, vide circular no. 13 of 202 1 dated 30.06.202 1, guide lines we re issued by the Board in
relation to the provisions of section 194Q of the Act through which the difficulties arising from the
applicability of the provisions of section 194Q in certain cases were removed. Furthermore, guidelines
with respect to the cross application of the provisions of sections 194-0, 194Q and 206C ( I H) of the Act
were a lso issued through the said circular.

4.3 In continuation of the above, to further remove the difficulties, the Board, with the approval of the
Central Government, hereby issues the following guidelines under sub-section (4) of section 194-0, subsection (3) of section 194Q and sub-section (I-I) of section 206C of the Act.

5. Guidelines

5.1 E-auction services carried out through electronic portal:

5.1.1 Representations have been received from various stakeholders involved in the business of
carrying out e-auction services through electronic portal owned, operated or maintained by them
(hereinafter referred as ‘e-auctioneer’). It has been stated that in an e-auction, the e-auctioneer involved in
conducting the e-auction through its portal is responsible only for the price discovery for the
sale/purchase of goods o r services and the result of the auction report is submitted to the client. The client
could be the buyer or the seller. Participants in the auctions are sellers (if client is buyer) or buyers (if
client is seller). The transaction of sale/ purchase is being carried out directly between the buyer and the
seller which are not done through the electronic portal of the e-auctioneer. Further, the price so
discovered can be further negotiated between the parties without the knowledge of the e-auctioneer. In
such a scenario, it has been represented that provisions of section 194-0 of the Act does not apply as the
transaction of sale/purchase itself is not taking place through the electronic portal.

5.1.2 From the representations made, the following facts have been noticed:

(a) The e-auctioneer conducts e-auction services for its clients in its electronic portal and is
responsible for the price discovery only which is reported to the client.
(b) The price so discovered thro ugh e-auction process is not necessarily the price at which the
transaction takes place and it is up to the discretion of the client to accept the price or to directly
negotiate with the counter-party.
(c) The transaction of purchase/sale takes place directly between the buyer and the se ll er party
outside the electronic porta l maintained by the e-auctioneer and price discovery only acts as the
starting point for negotiation and conclusion of purchase/sale.
(d) The e-auctioneer is not responsible for facilitating the purchase and sale of goods for which e auction was conducted on its electronic porta l except to the extent of price discovery.
(e) Payments for the transactions are carried out directly between the buyer and the seller outside the
electronic portal and the e-auctioneer does not have any information about the quantum and the
schedule of payment which is decided mutually by the client and the counterparty.
(f) For payment made to e-auctioneer for providing e-auction services, the client deducts tax under
the relevant provisions of the Act other than section 194-0 of the Act

5.1.3 In order to remove difficulty, it is clarified that the provisions of section 194-0 of the Act shall
not apply in relation to e-auction activities carried out by e-auctioneers if all the facts listed at (a) to (f) of
para 5.1.2 are satisfied . This clarification shall not apply if any of these facts are not satisfied. Further, it
is clarified that the buyer and seller would still be liable to deduct/ collect tax as per the provisions of
section 194Q and 206C (I H) of the Act, as the case may be.

5.2 Adjustment of various state levies and taxes other than GST

5.2.1 In Para 4.3.2 of circular no. 13 of 202 1 dated 30.06.202 1, it has been provided that in case the
GST component has been indicated separately in the invoice and tax is deducted at the time of cred it of
the amount in the account of the seller, then the tax is to be deducted under section 194Q of the Act on the
amount credited without including such GST. It has been further provided that in case the tax is deducted
on payment basis ‘as the payment is earlier than the credit, the tax is to be deducted on the whole amount
as it is not possible to identify that payment with GST component of the amount to be invoiced in future.
Further, adjustment of tax deducted in case of purchase return has also been provided.

5.2.2 It has been represented that in case of goods which are not within the purview of GST, such as
petroleum products, various levies like VAT, Excise duty, sales tax etc. are charged. While the treatment
of GST component has been clarified in the circular no. 13 of 2021, the same is silent on other non-GST
levies which have otherwise been subsumed and replaced by GST.

5.2.3 In this regard, it is hereby clarified that in case of purchase of goods which are not covered within
the purview of GST, when tax is deducted at the time of credit of amount in the account of se ller and in
terms of the agreement or contract between the buyer and the se ll er, the component of VAT/Sales
tax/Excise duty/CST, as the case may be, has been indicated separately in the invoice, then the tax is to be
deducted under section 194Q of the Act on the amount credited without including such VAT/Excise
duty/Sales tax/CST, as the case may be. However, if the tax is deducted on payment basis, if it is earlier
than the credit, the tax is to be deducted on the whole amount as it will not be possible to identify the
payment with VAT/Excise duty/Sales tax/CST component to be invoiced in the future . Furthermore, in
case of purchase returns, the clarification as provided in Para 4.3.3 of circular no. 13 of 2021 shall also
apply to purchase return relating to non GST products liable to VAT/excise duty/sales taxi CST etc.

5.3 Applicability of section 194Q of the Act in cases where exemption has been provided under
section 206C (1 A) of the Act

5.3.1 Sub-section (I A) of section 206C of the Act provides that notwithstanding anything contained in
sub-section (I) of the said section, no tax is to be collected in case of a buyer, who is a resident in India, if
such buyer furnishes to the person responsible for collecting tax, a declaration to the effect that the goods
(as referred to in sub-section (I)) are to be utilized for the purposes of manufacturing, processing or
producing articles or things or for the purposes of generation of power and not for trading purposes.

5.3.2 As per the provisions of sub-section (I H) of section 206C of the Act, tax is to be collected in
respect of sale of goods other than the goods which have not been covered under sub-section (I) or subsection (I F) or sub-section ( I G). It has been represented that in case of goods which are covered under
the provisions of sub-section ( I) of the said section but exempted under sub-section (IA), tax will not be
collectible under either sub-section ( I) or sub-section ( I H) of section 206C as the provisions of subsection (I H) categorically exclude the goods which are covered under sub-section ( I) of section 206C. It
has been requested to clarify if the provisions of section 194Q of the Act will be app li cable in such cases.

5.3.3 The issue has been examined. It is seen that the provisions of section 194Q of the Act does not
apply in respect to those transactions where tax is collectible under section 206C [except sub-section ( I H)
there of J of the Act. Since by virtue of sub-section ( IA) of section 206C of the Act, the tax is not required
to be collected for goods covered under sub-section ( I) of the said section, it is hereby clarified that in
such cases, the provisions of section 194Q of the Act will apply and the buyer shall be li ab le to deduct tax
under the said section if the conditions specified therein are fulfilled.

5.4 Applicability of the provisions of section 194Q in case of department of Government not
being a public sector undertaking or corporation

5.4.1 There have been representations from department of the Government (both Central Government
and State Government), to enquire if such department is required to deduct tax under the provisions of
section 194Q of the Act.

5.4.2 As per the provisions of section 194Q, tax is to be deducted by a person, being a buyer, whose
total sales, gross receipts or turnover fro m business carried on by that person exceed ten crore rupees
during the financial year immediately preceding the financial year in which the goods are purchased by
such person. Thus, for a person to be considered as a buyer for the purposes of section 194Q of the Act,
following conditions a re required to be fulfilled:

(a) Such person shall be carrying out a business/ commercial activity;

(b) The total sales, gross receipts or turnover from such business/ commercial activity shall be more
than Rs. 10 crore during the financial year immediately preceding the financial year in which goods are
being purchased by such person.

In case of any Department of the Government which is not carrying out any business or commercial
activity, the primary requirement for being considered as a ‘buyer’ will not be fulfilled. Accordingly, such
an organization will not be considered as ‘buyer’ for the purposes of section 194Q of the Act and will not
be li ab le to deduct tax on the goods so purchased by them. However, if the said department is carrying on
a business/commercial activity, the provision of section 194Q of the Act shall apply subject to the
fulfillment of other conditions.

5.4.3 Issue has been raised in case where any department of the Government will be considered as a
‘seller’ for the purposes of deduction of tax under section 194Q of the Act. In this regard, it is hereby
clarified that for the purposes of section 194Q, Central Government or State Government shall not be
considered as ‘seller’ and no tax is to be deducted by the buyer, in cases where any Department of Central
or State Government are seller of goods.

5.4.4 In connection with above, it is further clarified that any other person, such as a Public sector
Undertaking or corporation established under Central or Stale Act or any other such body, authority or
entity, shall be required to comply with the provisions o f section 194Q and tax shall be deducted
accordingly.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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