Now a days  A Press Release is doing round on Social Media which is claimed to be issued by CBIC by which clarifies that salaries are not subject to GST and no GST has been demanded on salaries paid to CEOs or employees. We have not found any official word on Authenticity of Such Press Release by CBIC and also not found such press release hosted on any CBIC website. Text of the unconfirmed press release is as follows:-

Press Release

Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC)

15th November 2019

New Delhi: Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) today clarified that salaries are not subject to GST and no GST has been demanded on salaries paid to CEOs or employees. CBIC said that the media report in this regard alleging that tax authorities want to impose GST on salaries paid to employees is factually incorrect and misrepresents tax authorities.

CBIC emphasised the GST law position which clearly states under Section 7(2) read with Schedule III of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (CGST Act) that the salaried services by an employee to the employer shall be treated neither as a supply of goods nor as a supply of services. So, salaries as such cannot be subject to GST. CBIC said that in this regard no notice has been issued to any companies demanding GST on salaries whatsoever.

CBIC further clarified that it has already been made amply clear vide its press release dated 10th July, 2017 that the services by an employee to the employer in the course of or in relation to his employment is outside the scope of GST (neither supply of goods nor supply of services). 

CBIC said that the GST charged on the prices/charges by any supplier of goods or services from his consumers does comprise all costs including cost of raw material, capital goods, input services and employee costs, etc. But this does not mean that salaries paid to the employees by the employer are being taxed under GST.

It must also be made clear that offices of an organisation in different States are regarded as distinct persons under Section 25 of CGST Act. Hence, what is taxable under GST is supply of goods and services by the head office to its branch office/s and vice versa. Any tax charged on such supplies is available to the recipient as input tax credit. This is not any additional cost to the organisation. Also, it is a worldwide practice under GST laws.

Disclaimer- Although we believe this advisory is issued by CBIC but we have not found the same yet on CBIC websites. Our belief is based on the news which we saw in almost all the leading news portals.  Users are requested to kindly verify from their own Source.

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