Free samples and gifts offered with purchases as well as popular ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deals may attract the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) levy which government plans to roll out from April next year.
The model GST law, unveiled by the government last week for stakeholder comments, says that any supply sans any consideration will attract tax. This would cover free gifts and samples as well as buy-one-get-one-free deals, tax experts said.
Section 3 of the model GST law defines a supply of goods and services to include ones “made or agreed to be made without a consideration.”
Under the Schedule-1 for ‘Matters to be Treated as Supply Without Consideration’, the law further goes on to define them as “Supply of goods and / or services by a taxable person to another taxable or non-taxable person in the course or furtherance of business.”
“GST will be entirely based on the concept of a ‘supply’, which now includes even goods and/ or services supplied without consideration by a taxable person in the course of or furtherance of business,” said Rohit Jain, Partner, Economic Laws Practice.
KPMG India National Head (Indirect Tax) Sachin Menon said, “This will impact the sales and marketing cost of companies which follow the system of free samples or free supply strategy such as “buy one get one free.”