By CA. Chitresh Gupta
Managing Partner- Chitresh Gupta & Associates
Article 366(12A) of the Constitutional (101st Amendment) Act, 2016 defines the Goods and Services tax (GST) as “a tax on supply of goods or services or both, except supply of alcoholic liquor for human consumption”. The term ‘supply’ is, however, not defined in the Constitution.
The concept of ‘supply’ is the key stone of the proposed GST architecture. In other words, supply is life blood of GST regime. GST is a multi-stage tax levied on supply of goods and / or services, collected at each stage of the production and distribution, in proportion to the value added by each taxable person in the chain of supply. In the GST regime, the entire value of supply of goods and / or services is proposed to be taxed in an integrated manner, unlike the existing indirect taxes, which are charged independently either on the manufacture or sale of goods, or on the provisions of services. Section 3 of the Model CGST / SGST Act explains the meaning and scope of term “Supply”.