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    Wednesday, May 22, 2024

      6 digits HSN Code now Mandatory for GST Taxpayers.

      Ministry of Finance announce that GST taxpayer with turnover of more than Rs 5 crore will have to furnish six-digit HSN (Harmonised System of Nomenclature Code) or tariff code on the invoices issued for supplies of taxable goods and services. The rule has been effective from 1st April 2021.

      Ministry of Finance official release Said :

      “With effect from the 1st April 2021, it has been made mandatory for a GST taxpayer having turnover of more than Rs 5 crore in the preceding financial year, to furnish 6 digits HSN Code or SAC (Service Accounting Code) on the invoices issued for supplies of taxable goods and services. A taxpayer having turnover of upto Rs 5 crore in the preceding financial year is required to mandatorily furnish 4 digits HSN code on B2B invoices. Earlier, the requirement was 4 digits and 2 digits respectively,”.

      HSN codes for goods at 6 digits are universally common.

      So common HSN codes apply to Customs and GST.

      Codes prescribe in the Customs tariff are use for the GST purposes too as has been specifically mention in the GST rate schedule.

      In Customs Tariff, HS code is prescribe as heading (4 digits HS), sub-heading (6 digits HS) and tariff items (8 digits).

      These documents are accessible on the CBIC web-site. 

      1. The Customs Tariff may be accessed at for HSN codes. 
      2. GST rate schedule for goods and services may be accessed at 
      3. Then follow the path GST Rates/Ready reckoner-Updated Notifications/Finder 
      4. GST Rates Ready Reckoner/Updated Notifications.
      • HSN search facility is also available on the GST portal.
      • Manufacturers & importers/exporters commonly using HSN Codes.
      • Manufacturers furnishing these codes even in the pre-GST regime.
      • Importers and exporters furnishing these codes in import/export documents.
      • Traders using HSN codes furnished in the invoices issued to them by the manufacturer or importer suppliers.
      • Large number of GST taxpayers are already furnishing HS codes/SAC at 6/8 digits on voluntary basis on the invoices, e -way bills and GSTR 1 returns.
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