Budget 2020

E-commerce cos to collect 1% TDS from sellers under new levy

Taxi drivers watch live telecast of the Union Budget session 2020, in Chennai, on Saturday.

Taxi drivers watch live telecast of the Union Budget session 2020, in Chennai, on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The amendment will take effect from April 1, 2020.

The government on Saturday proposed a new levy of one per cent TDS (tax deducted at source) on e-commerce transactions, a move that could increase burden on sellers on such platforms.

“In order to widen and deepen the tax net by bringing participants of e-commerce (sellers) within tax net, it is proposed to insert a new section 194-O in the Act so as to provide for a new levy of TDS at the rate of 1%,” as per 2020-21 Budget documents.

Also, consequential amendments are being proposed in section 197 (for lower TDS), in section 204 (to define person responsible for paying any sum) and in section 206AA (to provide for tax deduction at 5% in non-PAN/Aadhaar cases).

The amendment will take effect from April 1, 2020.

The document explained that e-commerce operator — an entity owning, operating or managing the digital platform — will have to deduct one per cent TDS on the gross amount of sales or service or both.

E-commerce companies were yet to respond on queries seeking inputs on the levy.

This provision will not apply in cases where the seller’s gross amount of sales during the previous year through the e-commerce operator is less than ₹5 lakh and has furnished his PAN or Aadhaar number.

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