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Applicability of GST Rate on Event Management Services in India.

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India has standardized taxation across goods and services, simplifying tax compliance and improving overall business efficiency. For event planners, business owners, and tax consultants operating within the event management sector, understanding how GST is applied to event management services is crucial not only for compliance but also for strategic pricing, cash flow management, and overall financial planning.

In this blog post, we will look closely at the GST rates applicable to event management services in India and how these impact businesses in the industry. We'll summarize key concepts, address common questions, and aim for clarity that can support your decision-making process.

What is Event Management?

Event management refers to planning, organizing, hosting, promoting and executing any type of services such as festivals, conferences, ceremonies, weddings, formal parties, concerts, conferences and weddings, from booking venues to organizing parties. The service provider will charge a fee for this.

Who is Event Manager?

An event manager is a professional responsible for planning, organizing, and executing events. These events can range from corporate meetings and conferences to weddings, concerts, festivals, and other social gatherings. Event managers handle various aspects of the event planning process, including budgeting, logistics, vendor coordination, marketing, and on-site management.

Understanding GST for Event Management Services

Any individual engaged in the business of supplying goods or services or both will be eligible for GST registration if any of the following are true:

  • A person or company whose annual turnover exceeds Rs 40 lakh in the taxable financial year of supplies of goods or services.
  • If any person is a resident of North Eastern areas such as Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and his annual turnover exceeds 10 Lac in a financial year subject to taxation of the supply of goods or services.

Current GST Rate for Event Management

The Government of India charges a rate of 18% GST on event management services.

Input tax is tax levied at every stage of the supply chain when you trade goods and services for business purposes. When a person intends to file a tax return, he or she is required to claim input tax credit that he or she has previously paid.

An event management company that has claimed input tax credit can benefit from this by paying tax for providing event management services.

Deadline for filing GST returns for event management services

  • A GST registered person will be required to file GSTR-1 (Outward Supplies Details) before the 10th of every month.
  • The due date for return of GSTR-2 is 15th of every month and for GSTR-3 (monthly return) it is 20th of every month.
  • Compound taxpayers will have to file GSTR-4 for every quarter (three months) on the 18th of the next month.
  • All registered persons will have to file their annual GST return by December 31 of the financial year.

Implications for Event Planning Businesses

Input Tax Credit (ITC):

One of the key benefits of the GST system is the Input Tax Credit, which allows businesses to reclaim GST incurred on input services. Event management companies can claim ITC for the GST paid on goods and services used in organizing an event, such as equipment rental or decoration services.

Place of Supply Rules:

The place of supply rules under GST can also influence how tax is charged and collected. If the event is conducted in a different state than where the event management company is registered, the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) is applicable.

Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM):

In certain situations, the recipient of the services, rather than the supplier, is liable to pay GST under the Reverse Charge Mechanism. Event managers should be aware if any of their services fall under this category.

Complying with GST Requirements

Event management companies should be diligent about:

  • Issuing proper tax invoices.
  • Regularly updating GST registration details.
  • Accurately recording and reporting all transactions.
  • Filing GST returns on time to avoid penalties and maintain compliance.

Challenges and Considerations

The multi-tiered nature of event management services can pose challenges in applying a uniform GST rate. Different elements such as catering, transportation, and artist fees could potentially attract different GST rates or exemptions.


The applicability of GST on event management services has streamlined tax considerations for event planners, albeit with the need for careful attention to detail. By understanding how GST affects service pricing, compliance obligations, and potential financial benefits such as ITCs, businesses can ensure they are operating efficiently and in line with current tax laws.

It is advisable for those involved in event management to stay informed about the latest GST updates and seek professional advice when needed to tackle complex tax scenarios.

For event planners, business owners, and tax consultants alike, the importance of understanding the GST on event management cannot be overstated. By keeping abreast with the guidelines and leveraging the financial mechanisms available, such as ITC, these professionals can reduce their tax liability and optimize their service offerings in the Indian market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Events organized by individuals or organizations for entertainment purposes are subject to GST. - Cultural promotion activities organized by government agencies are tax-free or enjoy tax reductions.

18% GST on event management services.

Input tax is a tax levied at each stage of the supply chain when you trade goods and services for business purposes. When the person files his tax return, he needs to claim the input tax credit paid earlier.

Under GST, a taxable event is the supply of goods from one taxpayer to another taxpayer. Therefore, goods and services consumed by the same taxpayer on their own are not subject to tax.

The event administrator’s organizational fee may be as little as 10%. Therefore, the contractor only needs to deduct 2% as TDS. Event managers must wait for income tax returns to be filed, have their tax returns assessed and refunds issued.

Generally, suppliers of goods or services are responsible for paying GST. However, in certain circumstances, such as imports and other reported deliveries, liability may be transferred to the recipient under a reverse charge mechanism.

Under the GST mechanism, a person does not need to register if his total turnover during the financial year is less than Rs 20 lakh. As per the law, vendors are required to register once their turnover exceeds Rs 20 lakh and start paying tax from then on.


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