How will GST in India affect the Software Industry?
GST in India will be mostly applicable from April, 2016. This means, there will be lot of changes not only in the taxation that we have been seeing, but also with the consumption of the minutest item. It will be like the Domino Effect where one thing will have a possible and a lasting effect on the other.
With GST (Goods and Services) Tax being levied, other taxes like Excise, VAT, Octroi, Service Tax, etc. will likely go away and give way to a single taxation system. GST in India will be divided between the state and the central which will help the taxation system be easier and simpler.
This means there will be some time, effort and work involved in the whole planning, implementation and deciding the division between the centre and the state, in the meantime, there is a lot of work on a company’s side which needs to be done in terms of training their employees, re working on their invoices and working in compliance with the new regulation.
But the most important work over here, is of the software that handles the accounting of the company. Most accounting software in India are designed keeping the regulation in mind. So the tax computing was not a difficult task. But with GST coming in picture, even the software will be affected in the following way:
- Adaptability — Most systems are old and cannot handle more than standard accounting for the company. The advantages with these kind of software is that, they are small and can handle the smaller transactions easily and are suitable for them. While they may prove to be economical, they are not adaptable and cannot change with the present environment. Many times, their code is not there or the company that initially built the system, themselves have shut. In such a case, it will be difficult to adapt the software to the changing times for moving beyond Excise, VAT to GST.
- Scalability — The small and older systems are also difficult to be scaled to include GST in them. They are also not supportive in a ‘Plug and Play’ environment, wherein they can have a different software for GST plugged into their system and generate a common tax data and compute easily.
- Customization — Many times, customization is also not possible in older software due to various reasons like language, coding, or the company that had developed it, shuts down. In these cases also the company will face problems with their software as it will be an additional cost to get a development done on it for GST computation.
It is required here that the company think beforehand about the investments and the changes that need to be done in the software for getting the company GST ready. Getting a software which can not only compute GST, but also is scalable to plug in any new upcoming taxes easily. Sage Software Solutions is going GST ready with their Sage ERP which has been already successfully implemented in Malaysia by Sage Malaysia. Once Government of India defines the taxes payable along with the structure, Sage Software Solutions will be releasing GST ready accounting software.
This accounting package will not only be GST ready, but also scalable and adaptable to the future changes in Indian Financial Environment. For more details on how can Sage Solutions help you scale with GST Tax in India, write to email@example.com for a free consultation. Sage Software Solutions Pvt Ltd is head-quartered in Mumbai with regional offices in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. You can also visit the website to contact any regional office to implement GST software in your company.
Originally published at www.sagesoftware.co.in on July 3, 2015.