Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods

Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods

There are specific rules about calculating the GST input tax credit for capital, whether the credit is available or not, and how to reverse the credit. 

Unique rules also cover the use of capital goods for both taxable and exempt supply. 

In this post, we examine input tax credit calculations under GST in further depth and how the input tax credit is applicable for capital items.

The GST Act's definition of capital goods

According to section 2 (19) of the Act, "Capital goods" are defined as things that are used or intended to be utilised in the course or advancement of business and whose worth is capitalised in the person claiming the input tax credit is books of accounts.

Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods

According to Section 16 of the CGST Act, everyone who has registered for the GST is eligible to get input tax credits (ITC). For business growth or other relevant purposes, the registered person is qualified to utilise the ITC. 

When purchases of capital items are made for business use and when GST input tax credit is applicable. 

The taxpayer must document the business transaction when completing the GST return to receive the Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods.

But capital goods used for making exempt supply and capital goods used only for personal use are not eligible for input tax credits on capital goods purchases. 

The taxpayer cannot claim an input tax credit for the provided goods if GST is applied at a zero rate. 

This will also apply to things that are excluded. In light of this, the taxpayer may only claim an input tax credit for capital goods provided they qualify as taxable sales and are made to the person listed in the books.

The use of input tax credits on capital goods for personal use and exempt sales is explained by the examples below:

Utilising capital goods for exempt sales

For example, the juice merchant uses a blender to prepare juice. But the seller is free from GST if they operate their business under a different name. So, the vendor cannot claim an input tax credit for the used products.

Capital items purchased for personal purpose

For instance, the same juice supplier uses the blender at home or elsewhere but not for business. 

This item must be purchased for personal use; thus, GST will not be applied to the price. Because of this, the seller cannot submit an Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods credit application.

Conditions to receive ITC

The requirements for receiving ITC are as follows:

  • Tax-paying paperwork, such as tax invoices and debit notes,
  • The taxable person should have received or been judged to have received the goods or services.
  • Tax should have to pay the government's credit which was levied on the invoice.
  • The taxpayer has to provide a return.
  • Only the final lot of an instalment is used for credit for goods against an invoice that is to pay in lots or instalments.
  • The deadline for claiming credit for a certain invoice expires once a year has passed since the day it needs.

What makes common credit important?

Only commercial uses are allowed for ITC. For both personal and professional reasons, many traders use the same inputs. 

The deduction of personal costs for tax purposes is not permitted. The same goes for commodities that are currently exempt from GST.

For inputs utilised in such exempt items, ITC cannot be claimed because doing so would result in negative taxes. ITC on components for exempted items will thus also be eliminated.

The formulas provided below will assist you in determining the common credit attributed to personal supplies and exempt supplies, leaving the component related to taxable sales. 

The ITC can only be used for that sum. While completing GSTR-3B, the credit for personal and exempt supply must be reversed.

Calculating Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods

Even if such goods are used for other purposes or to make taxable supplies, including zero-rated ones, Section 16(3) states that the following method of computation must be used for capital items that are subject to GST under Sections 17 (1) and (2).

1. If the taxpayer uses or utilises the capital goods (on the input tax credit) only for non-business activities, they must record the transaction and declare this in Form GSTR-2 and Form GSTR-3B. The sum is not going to be recorded in the computerised credit ledger.

2. Forms GSTR-2 and GSTR-3B must include any capital goods that the taxpayer utilised to effect taxable supply, including zero-rated supplies, for the input tax credit. The sum is required to be recorded in the computerised credit ledger. According to Schedule II Paragraph 5(b) of the same Act and Rule 43(1)(b) of the CGST Rules, this must be applied.

3. Any items marked A that are not covered by clauses (a) and (b) will have a five-year life expectancy. The amount has to be entered into the electronic credit ledger.

4. If clauses cover the identical capital goods (a) and (c), the taxpayer may determine the value of "A" by subtracting the input tax at a rate of 5% for each quarter. After the ITC is removed, the value must be added to the electronic credit account.

5. Any amount associated with 'A' that is credited to the electronic credit ledger is marked as 'Tc.' If the taxpayer uses the same capital goods covered by clauses (b) and (d), the value of 'A' can be calculated by subtracting the Input Tax at a rate of 5% for each quarter and then adding it to the total value of 'Tc'. This applies to things that were used for taxable supplies but are now utilised for exempt supplies.

List of capital goods under GST

An organisation employs capital commodities, such as structures, machinery, equipment, vehicles, and tools, to generate goods and services. A steel manufacturer's capital asset can be a blast furnace utilised in the iron and steel sector.


The credit must be used to purchases capitalised in the books of accounts to the same extent used to make taxable deliveries of goods and services. 

The Input Tax Credit on Capital Goods for computer, UPS, and office furniture tables is not capitalised in the books but may still be utilised if it is utilised in the growth of the firm producing taxable goods.


When is the capital goods ITC available?

If capital goods are utilised to supply taxable goods or services, the ITC for those items may be completely recouped. If capital goods are used only for the production, sale, or provision of exempt goods or services, or if they are utilised for personal use, ITC cannot be completely recouped.

How are GST inputs for capital goods accepted?

When purchases of capital items are made for business use and when GST input tax credit is applicable. The taxpayer must document the business transaction when completing the GST return to receive the input tax credit for capital goods.

What conditions must be met to claim an input tax credit?

Only those registered for GST and submitted GSTR 2 returns are eligible to receive the input tax credit. You must accept the items, services, or both. The provider has paid the GST for this supply due to the government.

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