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SGST: State Goods & Services Tax- A Complete Guide!

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SGST: State Goods & Services Tax- A Complete Guide!

What is SGST and are you liable to pay?

First debuted on 1st July 2017, the GST in India took a revolutionary toll on the taxation system of the country. The Goods & Services Tax Law was introduced in order to remove the unfair and indirect taxing systems that were going on between business and services. Additional taxes were charged on every other commodity or essential service that wasn't clear to many individuals of the country.

May it be a small-town merchant or a luxurious hotel, GST was made mandatory for all. While mainly there are 4 types of them- CGST, SGST, IGST & UTGST, people have not been very clear about the role of the other in your tax file. Indirect taxation took out a lump sum amount of funding that could be utilised for general business development. Hence, the government implemented the GST law.

This law doesn't discriminate against any kind of cast and creed, your tax percentage entirely depends on the commodities you purchase or the essentials you use in your day to day life. The SGST combines some of the major goods, supplies, and services tax law under its ruling that has benefitted many citizens over the last 3 years. Let us get a briefer understanding of all about SGST and how it works differently from the previously implemented laws.

What does SGST do?

The SGST full form is State Goods & Services Tax which means taxes that are levied by the state government. This intrastate system controls all the taxation policies and also combines with the central government in CGST for certain goods.

Suppose, a textile company in Maharashtra supplies raw materials to a different clothing showroom in the same state. Both companies are operating under the same state, but the supplies between these two firms will attract CGST(Central Goods & Services Tax) along with Maharashtra SGST.

For another instance, Karan is a Namkeen and snacks dealer from Jodhpur, Rajasthan who has sold 50,000 rupees worth of supplies to Milind from Jaipur. Under the GST rule, the standard slab is 18% including SGST plus CGST. In which case 9% of the total tax will go to the state government while the other half will be levied by the Central government.

Intrastate taxation takes place when the supplier and purchaser are officially dealing in the same state. Any SGST collected by the state government is administered by them only. The place of supply is an important factor to determine whether the trade is inter-state taxation or intra-state one.

What All Taxes Are Levied Under SGST?

The State government levies the following taxes-

  1. VAT(Value Added Tax)
  2. Luxury Tax
  3. Entertainment Tax
  4. Purchase Tax
  5. Entry Tax
  6. Advertisement Tax
  7. Taxes on Lottery, Betting & Gambling
  8. State Surcharge
  9. Octroi

The SGST is covered legally under the State Goods & Service Tax Act of 2016. Most importantly, if any tax liability retained under SGST can easily be set off against SGST or IGST (Input Tax Credit) only. In simple terms, even locally produced goods transferred within the state are in a compulsion to pay SGST as a revenue tax for the state.

In Legal Terms

  • SGST is an indirect tax that goes directly to the state government for your intrastate supplies.
  • It does include any alcoholic beverages or imported liquor.
  • This tax law falls under section 15 of the SGST Act. The trade value is the price given or is left due to the announced supply of goods/ services/commodities.
  • One shall be liable to pay SGST during the time of supply of goods and services as noted in Section 12 and 13 of the SGST Act.
  • Every state has its own set of SGST Act.
  • Standard or Salient features of GST like- measure, taxable event, valuation, charge-ability, and the classification would remain constant for the respective Act on each state.
  • SGST does not apply to exempted goods.
  • SGST will also not be applicable where the aggregate yearly turnover is less than the commanded limit.
  • It is also applicable for supplies between Union Territories.
  • SGST claims credit is only available against SGST & IGST in the same order.
  • SGST is and always going to be a destination-based tax.

Also Read:
GST for the Common Man: Benefits & more!
How to pay GST online? Step-by-Step Guide