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GST - Ready Features in Zoho Invoice

This section will give you a brief overview about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the GST features that are available in Zoho Invoice.

GST Overview

GST or the Goods and Services Tax is an upcoming tax system that is expected to replace several currently levied indirect taxes with a single tax. This tax will be applicable across India and will be levied on all goods and services.

Components of GST

GST will follow a dual component structure: SGST (the state component of GST) and CGST (the central component of GST), both of which will be levied during intrastate movement of goods.

During interstate transfer of goods, a combined tax called the IGST - Integrated GST (SGST+CGST) will be applied by the central government.

Four-Tier GST Tax Structure

The new GST tax structure will have four slabs:

An additional tax called the Additional cess will be applied on tobacco, luxury cars, pan, and aerated drinks.

Transition to GST

The tax department is currently in the process of migrating all existing businesses to the new GST reform. Businesses that are already registered under State or Central Tax departments will be a provided a username and password for the GST registration portal where they can register their business for GST. The GST department will take a couple of months to process the application and issue the 15-digit GSTIN number.

Once migrated, businesses will have to file their GST returns and pay their taxes online.

According to the GST reform, a majority of businesses registered under GST should file three tax returns on a monthly basis:

GSTR1: Monthly return containing details of outward supplies (Sales transactions). Should be filed before the 10th of every month.

GSTR2: Monthly return containing details of inward supplies (Purchase transactions). Should be filed before the 15th of every month.

GSTR3: Monthly return containing finalized details of outward and inward supplies. Shoule be filed before the 20th of every month.

The above mentioned tax returns should be filed by uploading all sales and purchase transactions onto the GST portal.

Even though the GST poses several benefits, filing tax returns every month needs careful compilation of all the sales and purchase transactions happened over a month. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a system that compiles all your sales and purchase transactions into GST returns?

Zoho Books is now equipped with built in GST ready tools that allows you to prepare and file your GST returns directly to the government.

Configuring your Zoho Invoice account

Enabling GST Settings

If you’re creating a new organization in Zoho Invoice with India as the country, you will be prompted to setup your Tax preferences during the initial stages of sign up. Here, you will be asked whether you have registered for GST, and if so, you will be prompted to enter your GSTIN (GST Identification Number).

If you already have a Zoho Invoice account, you can enable GST by sending an email to support@zohoinvoice.com.

Enable GST Settings

To enable GST:

Adding your Taxes

Once you’re done with the GST Settings, the next step is to add your taxes. Even though the government had mentioned the four-slab tax structure, the tax rates might vary based on the type of businesses you run. It can be 5% if you sell products that comes under the lower tax bracket, or it could be 18% if you offer services.

The Tax Rates Form has been kept flexible so the business can enter the specific rates that have been assigned to them by the government.

Add GST Tax

To add your taxes:

Similarly, add the tax rates for SGST and IGST. If you’re adding tax rates for taxes like Additional Cess, you can choose the Tax Type as Additional Tax.

Adding Tax Exemptions

The government has introduced zero rated tax as part of the four slab GST structure. As per the model GST law, 50% of the goods that belong to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket are eligible for zero rated tax. So, if you run an organization that sells zero rated or exempted goods, you can add the reason for tax exemption and choose the same while raising an invoice.

Add GST Exemptions

To add Tax Exemptions:

Default Tax Preferences

After having set up taxes under GST, you can set default tax groups in the Default Tax Preference section. This will pre populated the taxes from the default tax preference for your line items while creating transactions. If any of the line items fall under a different tax slab, you can change the tax rates while creating the transaction.

To set default tax preferences:

Tax poreference

Adding GSTIN of your contacts

You can enter the GSTIN of your contacts in the contact creation page.

To add GSTIN to your contacts:

Tax poreference


You will need to classify all your items as Goods or Services before entering the SAC and HSN code for those items.

To add SAC or HSN,

Add HSN or SAC

Pro Tip: You can upgrade to Zoho Books and file your returns directly from there. Click here to know how to upgrade to Zoho Books.