The Digital Sales Tax (DST) or Equalization Levy (EQL) was introduced in April 2020 for foreign eCommerce sellers of goods and services to level the playing field with local businesses that pay taxes in India. With the latest change to India’s tax law, foreign eCommerce companies will need to segregate inventory of resident and non-resident sellers on their platforms to make it clear where the levy applies.
Starting February 9th, 2Checkout also applies the Digital Sales Tax to sales performed in Kenya.
DST Impact on 2Checkout Merchants
The introduction of the Digital Sales Tax (DST) means that all merchants on the Reseller model (outside and from India and Kenya), selling to Indian/Kenyan customers, must pay an extra 2% (India) and 1,5% (Kanya) per transaction when selling digital goods. Thus, 2Checkout adds an extra layer of compliance for the Indian and Kenyan eCommerce markets.
The addition of the new tax will ensure that the merchants on the Reseller model don’t have to worry about the DST that must be paid to the local fiscal entities by all eCommerce businesses.
The Digital Sales Tax in India applies to:
- Companies with annual revenues in India of over 2M Rupee (USD $27,000)
- Online sales of goods and services to Indians.
- All products sold on the Reseller model, as the legislation does not provide for specific product categories
- Partner orders, based on delivery country of the partner (not end-user)
- Tax will be retained from merchants
DST does not apply to affiliates, as the entire amount will be retained from the merchant.
DST is included in all merchant reports, as displayed in the images below:
DST Displayed in the Account Balance on your Dashboard
Reports center → Main Reports → Financial reports → Account Balance
Monthly Revenue Split in the Merchant Control Panel
Merchant Control Panel - Main Reports
Merchant Sales Report – CSV/XLS Format
- The tax is calculated as follows: GTV - VAT
- Rolling reserve computation will not be affected by this tax
- In case of refunds, the DST should be returned to the merchant for the amounts already retained
- The current tax rate is 2% (India) and 1,5% (Kenya) but may be changed in the future and might be different in other countries
1. What happens when the tax % is changing?
The new tax % will be applied with the next order placed. For refunds, the tax % will be the one from the order.
2. Country availability?
For now, DST is applicable in India and Kenya only.
3. Are Indian merchants on the Reseller model charged?
Yes. The reason is that this tax applies to foreign eCommerce sellers of goods and services, in our case this is applicable to Avangate BV.
4. If a partner with the delivery country in India is not selling to end-users from India, is the DST returned to the partner?
No. The partner is acting like the end-user, so 2Checkout takes into account only the partner delivery country.
5. Is delivery country change possible for complete orders?
No. This is not possible to avoid issues with tax compliance.