A supplier of goods or services or both is mandatorily required to issue a tax invoice. However, during the course of trade or commerce, after the invoice has been issued there could be situations like:

  • The supplier has erroneously declared a value which is less than the actual value of the goods or services or both provided.
  • The supplier has erroneously declared a lower tax rate than what is applicable for the kind of the goods or services or both supplied.
  • The quantity received by the recipient is more than what has been declared in the tax invoice.
  • Any other similar reasons.

In order to regularize these kinds of situations the supplier is allowed to issue what is called as debit note to the recipient. The debit note also includes supplementary invoice.

Debit Note in GST


When a tax invoice has been issued for supply of any goods or services or both and the taxable value or tax charged in that tax invoice is found to be less than the taxable value or tax payable in respect of such supply, the registered person, who has supplied such goods or services or both, shall issue to the recipient a debit note containing the prescribed particulars.


There is no prescribed format but debit note issued by a supplier must contain the following particulars, namely: –

a) name, address and Goods and Services Tax Identifica­tion Number of the supplier;

b) nature of the document;

c) a consecutive serial number not exceeding sixteen char­acters, in one or multiple series, containing alphabets or numerals or special characters hyphen or dash and slash symbolised as “-” and “/” respectively, and any combina­tion thereof, unique for a financial year;

d) date of issue;

e) name, address and Goods and Services Tax Identifica­tion Number or Unique Identity Number, if registered, of the recipient;

f) name and address of the recipient and the address of delivery, along with the name of State and its code, if such recipient is un-registered;

g) serial number and date of the corresponding tax invoice or, as the case may be, bill of supply;

h) value of taxable supply of goods or services, rate of tax and the amount of the tax debited to the recipient; and

i) signature or digital signature of the supplier or his au­thorized representative.

Tax liability:

The issuance of a debit note or a supplementary invoice creates additional tax liability. The treatment of a debit note or a supplementary invoice would be identical to the treatment of a tax invoice as far as returns and payment are concerned.


The records of the debit note or a supplementary invoice have to be retained until the expiry of seventy-two months from the due date of furnishing of annual return for the year pertaining to such accounts and records. Where such accounts and documents are maintained manually, it should be kept at every related place of business mentioned in the certificate of registration and shall be accessible at every related place of business where such accounts and documents are maintained digitally.


The debit note or a supplementary invoice is therefore a convenient and legal method by which the value of the goods or services in the original tax invoice can be enhanced. The issuance of the debit note will easily allow the supplier to pay his enhanced tax liability in his returns without requiring him to undertake any other tedious process.

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10 Input Service Distributor in GST
11 Composition Levy Scheme in GST
12 Reverse Charge Mechanism in GST
13 Tax Invoice and other such instruments in GST
14 Accounts and Records in GST
15 Credit Note in GST
16 Debit Note in GST
17 Electronic Cash/Credit Ledgers and Liability Register in GST
18 Electronic Way Bill in GST
19 Input Tax Credit Mechanism in GST
20 Transition Provisions under GST
21 Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act
22 Compensation cess in GST
23 Imports in GST Regime
24 Zero Rating of Supplies in GST
25 Deemed Exports in GST
26 Pure Agent Concept in GST
27 Job Work under GST
28 Works Contract in GST
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33 Statement of Outward Supplies (GSTR-1) in GST
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50 Appeals and Review Mechanism under GST
51 Recovery of Tax
Prepared by: National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics
(Republished with Amendment as on 01.01.2018 – Source- CBEC)

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25 responses to “Debit Note in GST – All You want to Know”

  1. Vishalaand Nikam says:

    SIR we issue debit note on Quantity discount so we charge GST in debit note please reply

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