ABC of Accounting in GST, Accounting Entries in GST, GST Accounts

ABC of Accounting in GST: In GST era Every Registered Person shall keep and maintain, in addition to the particulars mentioned in sub-section (1) of sec 35.


ABC of Accounting in GST

ABC of Accounting in GST: In GST era Every Registered Person shall keep and maintain ,in addition to the particulars mentioned in sub-section (1) of section 35, a true and correct account of the goods or services imported or exported or of supplies attracting payment of tax on reverse charge along with the relevant documents, including invoices. Bills of supply, delivery challans, credit notes, debit notes, receipt vouchers, payment vouchers and refund vouchers.

GST will not only subsume the existing indirect taxes such as Service Tax, VAT, Excise, CST etc. but also simplify business and accounting processes. Initially, there may be certain transitional issues but in long term, it will ensure more transparency in business reporting and compliance.

In the GST regime, a taxpayer is required to maintain all types of accounts and records related to GST transactions such as input supplies, output supplies, production, input credit, output tax, Stock, Import-export, reverse charge etc. To know more about types of accounts and records under, please check – Types of Accounts Under GST. This article will give you clear ideas of different types of business transactions related to GST accounting treatments.

What records must be maintained under GST?

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax reform that will eliminate India’s major indirect taxes – Excise, Service Tax, and VAT. However, record-keeping and reporting requirements under GST contain elements from each of these, and they are far from simple.


Content in this Article

Section 35 of the GST Act explains the record-keeping requirements. In addition, in April 2017 the central government released draft rules for GST accounts and records (draft record rules), which lists additional GST accounting and record-keeping requirements.

Every registered person

Section 35

Each registered person is required maintain a true and correct account of the following:

  • Production or manufacture of goods
  • Inward and outward supply of goods or services, or both
  • Stock of goods
  • Input tax credit availed
  • Output tax payable and paid
  • Any other particulars deemed necessary

The above records must be maintained at each place of business registered under GST.

Draft record rules

In additions to the above, every registered person must maintain the following:

  • A separate account of advances received and paid, along with any adjustments
  • A true and correct account of:
    • Goods or services imported or exported
    • Supplies attracting payment of tax on reverse charge

Other points:

Every registered person must also maintain relevant documents including invoices, bills of supply, delivery challan, credit notes, debit notes, receipt vouchers, payment vouchers, refund vouchers, and electronic way (e-way) bills. Additionally, there must be separate records for each activity (i.e., manufacturing, trading, and the provision of services). Records must be in serially-numbered account books and include the following information:

  • Names and complete addresses of suppliers
  • Names and complete addresses of customers
  • Address of all premises where the goods are stored, including goods stored during transit, and descriptions of the stock stored

Registered person other than person falling u/s 10 (composition levy)

Furthermore, all the registered people other than those falling under composition levy scheme must maintain accounts of stock for each commodity received and supplied, along with the following information:

  • Opening balance
  • Receipt
  • Supply
  • Goods lost, stolen, destroyed, written off, or disposed of by way of gift or free samples
  • Balance of stock including raw materials, finished goods, scrap, and waste

These registered persons must also maintain an account containing the following details:

  • Tax payable
  • Tax collected and paid
  • Input tax and input tax credit claimed
  • Register of tax invoice, credit note, debit note, and delivery challan issued or received during any tax period

Godown and warehouse owner/operators and transporters

There are different requirements for warehouse owner/ operators and transporters. Whether registered or not, they must maintain records as prescribed under draft GST rules:

  • Every unregistered must submit business details electronically in Form GST ENR-01
  • Every transporter must maintain separate records for all branches of goods transported, delivered, and stored in transit:
  • Every warehouse and godown owner/operator must maintain books of accounts for each period that goods remain in the warehouse, including details relating to dispatch, movement, receipt, and disposal of such goods
  • The owner/operator must store the goods so that they can be identified by item and by owner, and facilitate (on demand) any authorized physical verification or inspection

Agent u/s 2(5)

Draft record rules require Agents (brokers, commission agents, del credere agents, auctioneer etc.) referred to in section 2(5) to maintain the following:

  • Authorization from each principal to separately receive or supply goods or services on their behalf
  • A description of goods or services received on behalf of every principal, including value and quantity (wherever applicable)
  • A description of goods or services supplied on behalf of every principal, including value and quantity (wherever applicable)
  • Details of accounts furnished to every principal
  • Tax paid on the supply of goods or services performed on behalf of every principal

Registered manufacturer of goods

As per the draft record rules, every manufacturer must maintain:

  • Monthly production accounts showing the quantitative details of raw materials or services used in the manufacture
  • Quantitative details of the goods manufactured, including any waste and by-products

Registered service provider

The draft record rules require every service provider to maintain the following:

  • Accounts showing the quantitative details of goods used in the provision of each service
  • Details of input services utilized and the services supplied

Registered works contractor

Under the draft record rules, registered works contractors are required to maintain separate accounts for each contract, showing:

  • The names and addresses of the persons on whose behalf the contract is executed
  • A description, value, and quantity of goods or services received for the execution of the work
  • A description, value, and quantity of goods or services utilized in the execution of each work contract
  • A description of the payment received for each contract
  • The names and addresses of suppliers of goods or services received

Persons whose turnover exceeds Rs. 1 crore in a financial year In addition to the above requirements, any person whose turnover exceeds Rs. 1 crore in a financial year is required to:

  • Have accounts audited by a chartered accountant or a cost accountant
  • Submit a copy of the audited annual accounts and the reconciliation statement u/s 44(2) (Form GSTR9B)and file annual return (Form GSTR-9)

Electronic record-keeping requirements

  • Electronic records must be authenticated by means of a digital signature
  • Electronic records must be backed-up

Types of Ledger Accounts to be Maintained Under GST

Under the GST regime, all indirect taxes will be subsumed in GST and there will be dual GST Structure based on intra-state supplies and inter-state supplies. The CGST and SGST will be charged on intra-state supplies whereas the IGST (Integrated Goods and Services Tax) will be charged on all inter-state supplies. Therefore separate ledger account is required to be maintained related to CGST, SGST and IGST.

There are list of Ledgers to be created under Balance Sheet are as follows:

Under Current Asset

  • Input CGST A/c,
  • Input SGST A/c,
  • Input IGST A/c,
  • Provisional ITC CGST A/c,
  • Provisional ITC SGST A/c,
  • Provisional ITC IGST A/c,
  • Electronic Credit CGST A/c,
  • Electronic Credit SGST A/c,
  • Electronic Credit IGST A/c,
  • Electronic Cash CGST A/c,
  • Electronic Cash SGST A/c,
  • Electronic Cash IGST A/c,
  • Cash/Bank A/c’

Duties and Taxes (Current Liabilities)

6% Output CGST A/c, 2) 6% Output SGST A/c, 3) 12% output IGST A/c (Here we take 12%), 4) GST on Advance

Current Liabilities

  • Electronic Liability CGST A/c,
  • Electronic Liability SGST A/c,
  • Electronic Liability IGST A/c.

There are list of Ledgers to be created under Profit and Loss are as follows:


  • 1) Local B2B Sales A/c,
  • 2) Local B2C Sales A/c,
  • 3) Interstate B2B Sales A/c,
  • 4) Interstate B2C Sales A/c,
  • 5) Export Sales,
  • 6) Exempt Sales,
  • 7) E Com Sales.


  • 1) Purchases A/c,
  • 2) Exempt Purchases A/c
  • 3) Expenses A/c,
  • 4) Inward Supply-Purchases A/c.

GST Accounting Entries for Intra state Transactions (i.e within the State) for purchases of Goods, Purchases Of Assets and Consultation Fees and How ITC has been shown are as follows:

Mr. Ajay purchased goods Rs 3,00,000 locally (intrastate). He sold them for Rs 5,00,000 in the same state.

He paid legal consultation fees Rs 60,000. He purchased Plant and Furniture for his office for Rs 1,00,000 from Machinery Company. (Assuming CGST @9% and SGST@9%)

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GST Accounting Entries for Interstate transactions (i.e Outside the State) along with expenses and Office Equipment

Mr. Rahul purchased goods Rs. 3,00,000 from outside the State. He sold Rs. 4,00,000 locally. He sold Rs. 2,00,000 outside the state. He paid expenses Rs. 50,000. He purchased an office Equipment for his office for Rs. 24,000 (locally) Assuming CGST @9% and SGST@9%.

Any IGST credit will first be applied to set off IGST and then CGST. So out of total input IGST of Rs. 54,000, firstly it will be completely setoff against IGST. Then balance Rs. 18,000 against CGST.From the total liability Rs. 1,08,000, only Rs. 36,360 is payable

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5. Accounting Treatment of Refunds in Case of Export of Goods and Services:

Under GST law, the exports of goods or services are treated as Inter – State Supplies. We have already discussed the impact of GST on exports in our previous article – How Exports are Treated Under GST. In the case of export supplies, the exporter has two options:

A. Export Under Bond/LUT (Clear goods without payment of duty and claim the refund of Input credits): In this case, the exporter has to record sale without charging any tax and determine the unutilized input credit of inputs for claiming the refund. The journal entry for refund claim will be as follows:

  • CGST Refund Receivable A/c _____________ Dr.
  • SGST Refund Receivable A/c _____________ Dr.
  • IGST Refund Receivable A/c _____________ Dr.
  • To CGST Input Credit A/c (unutilized input credit)
  • To SGST Input Credit A/c (unutilized input credit)
  • To IGST Input Credit A/c (unutilized input credit)

B. Export Under Rebate Claim (Clear goods with payment duty and claim the refund of duty paid on export goods): In this case, the sale will be recorded as follows:

  • Debtors A/c _____________Dr.
  • IGST Refund Receivable A/c______Dr.
  • To Sales A/c
  • To IGST Payable A/c

6. Accounting Treatment for Imports

In our previous article “Treatment of Imports under GST regime” we have discussed that Imports are treated as Inter – State supplies and therefore, IGST will be payable by the importer of goods or services. Further, the Custom duty is also applicable in the case of Import of Goods but the input credit of Custom dutyis not allowed. Hence the importer can claim input credit of IGST and the Custom Duty will be added in the cost of imported goods:-

  • Purchase A/c_________________Dr.
  • IGST Input Credit A/c ______________Dr.
  • To Creditor A/c
  • To IGST Payable A/c
  • To Custom Duty Payable A/c


In addition, taxpayers must be able to produce — on demand — an account of the audit trail and inter-linkages, including the source document (paper or electronic), financial accounts, record layout, data dictionary, an explanation for codes used, and the total number of records in each field along with sample copies of documents.

As shown above, the GST regime has extensive accounting and record-keeping requirements. Although some of the more cumbersome manufacturing excise tax record-keeping requirements are eliminated under GST, they’re replaced by similarly stringent requirements. The onus is therefore on professionals and accountants to keep informed and in compliance with the new GST law, rules, and regulations.

The stakes are high. With the government intending to make the GST compliance rating of each taxable person public, noncompliance would have an adverse effect on the entire business.

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