August 9, 2023
Shaik Musrath

GST & Margin Scheme for Second-Hand Gold Jewelry

The world of taxation is  complex, and when it comes to unique industries like the gold jewelry market, things can get even more intricate. Recently, an Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR) decision has shed light on the applicability of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Margin Scheme for second-hand gold jewelry transactions. In this blog, we unravel the nuances of this ruling and its implications for the industry.

Understanding the Margin Scheme: 

The Margin Scheme under GST is designed to simplify the taxation process for goods that have been previously owned or used. It allows for the levy of GST only on the difference between the selling price and the purchase price of the second-hand goods. This is in contrast to the standard GST regime, where tax is calculated on the entire selling price.

AAR Ruling on Second-Hand Gold Jewelry: 

In a recent AAR ruling, the question revolved around the applicability of the Margin Scheme to the sale of second-hand gold jewelry. The applicant sought clarification on whether they could avail of this scheme and pay GST only on the margin earned.

Key Takeaways from the Ruling: 

The AAR ruling provides several important insights into the taxation of second-hand gold jewelry:

Applicability of Margin Scheme: 

The AAR concluded that the Margin Scheme can indeed be applied to the sale of second-hand gold jewelry. This means that GST is payable only on the difference between the selling price and the purchase price of the jewelry.

Conditions for Availing the Margin Scheme: 

To avail of the Margin Scheme, certain conditions need to be met. These include maintaining proper records of the purchase and sale of second-hand goods, ensuring that the goods have been previously owned and used, and calculating GST only on the margin.

Input Tax Credit (ITC): 

Under the Margin Scheme, the buyer is not eligible to claim input tax credit on the GST paid, as the tax is only applied to the margin and not the entire selling price.

Impact on Industry: 

The ruling has implications for the second-hand gold jewelry industry. Businesses in this sector can benefit from reduced GST liability, as they only need to pay tax on the profit margin.

Implications for Businesses and Consumers: 

For businesses dealing in second-hand gold jewelry, the AAR ruling offers a potential advantage in terms of reduced tax liability. However, it also places a responsibility on them to meticulously maintain records and adhere to the conditions set forth by the Margin Scheme. Consumers might indirectly benefit from this ruling as well, as it could potentially lead to more competitive pricing in the market.


The AAR ruling on the application of the Margin Scheme to second-hand gold jewelry transactions marks a significant development in the taxation landscape. By allowing businesses to pay GST only on the margin, the ruling brings a measure of simplification and potential cost savings to the industry. However, compliance with the conditions and meticulous record-keeping remain paramount. As the industry navigates this new terrain, it's essential for businesses and consumers alike to understand the implications and potential advantages of the ruling.


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