Hey fellow bloggers how are you? Currently, GST in India is a boiling hot topic, every businessman is scratching their head on GST. Most of the business are covered under GST, but what about blogging industry! I’m still searching for a 100% legitimate answer about GST on Adsense earning. I myself searched the whole web about the opinion about GST on Adsense earning but I couldn’t find a fixed answer for it. In this article, I’m not going to get into the technical aspect of GST on Adsense because I’m not a CA or a tax expert in any way. I will just share what Google Adsense replied to me when I directly e-mailed them about GST on Adsense earning.
Google’s reply on GST in India:
On September 9, 2017, I e-mailed Google Adsense about GST in Adsense earning. Then on 11th September, they replied to my email by saying something like this:
Thank you for contacting us with your tax questions. I will be happy to assist you as much as I can, but I am unfortunately unable to provide any tax advice or indicate which form is applicable for your situation. I would suggest that you walk through the tax wizard found on your account’s ‘Payee profile’ page, which will guide you to forms that are appropriate to your particular situation. If this does not help, please consult your tax advisor or the IRS for tax advice.
Now, You all can see that Google also doesn’t directly say anything on GST so where we will find the right information regarding it. Some big blogs like Shoutmeloud directly said GST is applicable in Adsense income but some blogs disagree with it and explained why they disagree. This article from Superwebtricks explained why GST is not applicable on Adsense earning. Also, Cleartax also published a cloudy opinion about GST also check this out.
In my opinion, the government should clarify it whether we Adsense using bloggers come under GST or not! As per my knowledge earlier service tax was not applicable in Adsense earning so I wonder why we have to pay GST now? Because GST is the transformation of service tax. Guys, please share your opinions about it and share this article with your blogger’s buddies, after all, we all are in the same boat and this is a serious issue for us.