There is a myth about section 24(iii) for compulsory registration in respect of a person who is required to pay tax under reverse charge as if an unregistered person purchases from unregistered persons above Rs. 5000 in a day, payment of legal fees and transportation which are covered under reverse charge. In these cases unregistered person is required to take registration due to section 24(iii). The scope of this provision is not as wide as peoples are interpreting. We are mentioning here under some interesting facts and provision which are necessary to understand before studying sec 24(iii).
1. Section 9(4) of CGST– Supply of taxable goods or services or both by a supplier, who is not registered, to a registered person shall be paid by such person on reverse charge basis as the recipient.
2. There is an exemption from reverse charge of section 9(4) if amount of purchase from unregistered person does not exceed five thousand rupees in a day. (Notification Number- 08).
3. Under Sec 24(iii) persons who are required to pay tax under reverse charge, shall be required to be registered.
4. Section 9(4) attracts only where recipient is registered as the GST in respect of the supply of taxable goods or services or both by a supplier, who is not registered, to a registered person shall be paid by such person on reverse charge basis as the recipient. So Sec 24(3) does not talk about sec 9(4) as unregistered person is not required to pay tax under sec 9(4). Here (sec 24(3)) reverse charge means reverse charge under sec 9(3).
5. GTA is notified service under reverse charge (Section 9(3)) under notification number 13. But reverse charge is not applicable in all cases. As where an individual unregistered person takes service from GTA. He is not required to pay tax under reverse charge. So he is not under obligation under section 24(3) to take registration.
6. There are certain exemptions for services. Exemption (Nil rate services) is given in notification number 12 in which legal services are exempted in case of a recipient business entity having turnover below 20 Lacs. So if a business entity having turnover below 20 lacs, is not required to pay tax under reverse charge and sec 24(3) is not applicable here.
7. There are situations where registration is mandatory by virtue of sec 24(iii) as if a partnership firm pays freight exceeding the exemption limit then it is covered under reverse charge. So this firm will be required to take registration by virtue of Sec 24(3) in spite of turnover below 20 Lacs.
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