As per the GST law, any payment made after the due date attracts interest and late fees. Such payments can be for various services and goods provided by businesses. However, it is important to understand how GST is applicable on these delayed payments.
Firstly, it should be noted that the GST Act considers late payment charges and interest as a separate supply of services. Therefore, GST is applicable on such charges as per the rate applicable on the original supply of goods or services.
For instance, if a business has provided services with an applicable GST rate of 18% and the payment is delayed, then the interest charged on the late payment will also be subject to GST at the same rate of 18%. Similarly, if a supplier charges a late fee for the delayed payment of goods, then the GST applicable on such fee will be the same as that of the original supply of goods.
It is also important to note that GST is applicable only on the late payment charges and interest and not on the original supply of goods or services. Therefore, businesses should maintain proper records of such charges and pay the applicable GST on them separately.
Furthermore, it should be noted that GST is applicable only if the supplier of goods or services is registered under GST. If the supplier is not registered, then GST is not applicable on such late payment charges and interest.
In conclusion, businesses should be aware of the GST implications on delayed payments and ensure that they maintain proper records and pay the applicable GST on such charges. Failure to do so can result in penalties and legal consequences.
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