COVID Crisis – Severe Business Disruption

A lot of medium and smaller businesses and enterprises are becoming bankrupt in this COVID crisis. On the other hand, larger companies dealing with these enterprises for raw materials have to face a new problem – they have to deny the credits if vendors default on paying services and goods tax.

According to the GST framework, larger companies can’t demand credits if their vendors and suppliers haven’t paid the taxes. If a vendor doesn’t pay GST to the state government, then the input tax credit will be opposed to the buyer.

COVID Crisis Lockdown Effects on Businesses

Abhishek Jain, a tax partner at the EY, said that more liability cases on the businesses for making sure the payment of the tax by suppliers have been increasing since the beginning. That was because of the difficulties in validating the similar, as well as the financial burden through the tax was paid to the vendors. That obligation had caught the attention of those hard times.

This COVID crisis lockdown has broken the backbone of the SME sector of the nation. The virus triggered restrictions. It included the closure of the entire nation, including businesses, as well as other sectors. There had been shortages of raw materials as well as labor, and all these created a fatal financial crisis.

A partner at Deloitte India, MS Mani, said that larger businesses were regarding indemnity arrangements to protect themselves from vendor evade arising from the increased timelines for the GST payments. Also, the vendor returns the provided amount to smaller businesses. There was a lack to re-assess the selection policies of vendors as well.

The input tax credit can be demanded after the vendor pays the tax and uploads the accurate invoice on the GST portal. All the invoices are correctly matched with the company’s eligibility for the credit. Full credit is allowed only if there is approximately 90% accuracy.