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India Goods and Services Tax (GST)

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a comprehensive, indirect tax applicable on manufacturing and the sale of goods and services in India. GST is in effect as of July 1, 2017.

Who pays GST

GST must be paid on Google Play Store apps and games sold to customers in India. 

  • App or game developers based in India must determine any tax obligation themselves and pay GST as applicable
  • Google collects and pays GST on sales of apps and games by developers located outside India

What India-based developers must do under GST law

If you're a developer with a merchant account address in India, you may be responsible for paying GST on the sale of apps and games by customers in India. We recommend you work with your tax advisor to determine your GST obligations.

Developers based outside of India aren’t required to calculate and remit GST. Instead, Google is responsible for calculating and remitting GST to Indian tax authorities.

Get or find your GSTIN

We recommend you work with your tax advisor to determine your GST obligations.

Developers located in India that are required to get a GSTIN must provide it to Google under GST law.

To find or get your GSTIN, register or sign in to the Indian Government GST website (tutorial.gst.gov.in/userguide/) and follow the instructions provided. If you need help, contact them.  

Provide or update your GSTIN 

After you have your GSTIN, add it along with business contact details to your payments profile. We provide this information to Indian tax authorities under GST law (where required).

Here's how to enter your GSTIN, your business address, and state in your payments profile:

  1. Sign in to payments center.
  2. Click Settings 
  3. Find your payments profile, then "India tax info."
  4. Click Edit  .
  5. Enter or update your India business address, state, and GSTIN.
  6. Click Save.

Keep the following in mind:

  • You're responsible for the accuracy of the GSTIN and business address you provide to Google
  • The price for apps and games in Google Play must include all taxes, including GST. Google will pass the total price to you after the transaction fee. Learn how to set up and change Play Store prices.
FAQs

What should I do if I don’t have a GSTIN?

How do I update my GSTIN?

Can I have an individual account if I have a GSTIN, but I don’t have a business?

What type of account should I choose if I have a Unique Identification ID (UIN) and not a GSTIN?

How do I set up my account as a business if I'm in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ)? 
 

What should I do if I don’t have a GSTIN?

We recommend you work with your tax advisor to determine your GST obligations.
 
If you're required to obtain GSTIN under GST law, register or sign in to the Indian Government GST website and get a GSTIN. 
 
If you aren't required to get a GSTIN, you only have to enter your address in your payments profile.  
 
Note: It's your responsibility to determine whether you're required to get a GSTIN under the GST law. Google doesn't advise developers on tax matters. If a developer has to enter their address into their payment profile as part of the GST requirement and they don't have a GSTIN, they can simply remain unregistered.

How do I update my GSTIN?

To update your GSTIN, follow these instructions.

Can I have an individual account if I have a GSTIN, but I don’t have a business?

Yes, you can use your GSTIN for an individual account. 

What type of account should I choose if I have a Unique Identification ID (UIN) and not a GSTIN?

Choose an individual account. UINs are used for United Nations (UN) entities, government agencies, and embassy accounts. 

How do I set up my account as a business if I'm in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ)? 

Choose the “business” account type, then select “SEZ” as the tax status. You’ll see the option to enter your GSTIN and upload your SEZ certificate. 
 

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