Tax Alert – Relaxation from compliance of Section 269SU to B2B Business- Circular No. 12/2020

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In view of the circular, it is hereby clarified that the provisions of section 269SU of the Act shall not the applicable to a specified person having only B2B transactions (i.e. no transaction with retail customer/consumer) if at least 95% of aggregate of all amounts received during the previous year, including amount received for sales, turnover or gross receipts, are by other than cash.


Government to encourage digital transactions and move towards a less-cash economy, a new provision namely Section 269SU was inserted vide the Finance (No. 2) Act 2019. This section requires every person carrying on business and having sales/turnover/gross receipts from business of more than Rs 50 Crores (“specified person”) in the immediately preceding previous year to mandatorily provide facilities for accepting payments through prescribed electronic modes.


Subsequently vide Notification No. 105/2019 dated 30.12.2019

  • Debit Card powered by RuPay;
  • Unified Payments Interface (UPI) (BHIM-UPI); and
  • Unified Payments Interface Quick Response Code (UPI QR Code) (BHIM-UPI QR Code)

were notified as prescribed electronic modes.


Where an assessee fails to provide the facility, such assessee would be liable for a penalty of Rs 5,000 for every day w.e.f. from 1st February 2020.


These requirement of mandatory facility for payments through the prescribed electronic modes is generally applicable in B2C (Business to Consumer) businesses, which directly deal with retail. Moreover, since the prescribed electronic modes have a maximum payment limit per transaction or per day they are not so relevant to B2B (Business to Business) businesses, which generally receive large payments through other electronic modes of payment such as NEFT or RTGS. Mandating such businesses cause administrative inconvenience and impose additional costs.


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