11 Things you need to generate a GST Invoice


GST roll-out was initially difficult to digest for every business as well as for the citizens of India. It was considered as the biggest and revolutionary change in the taxation history of India. After the roll=out, businesses had to face a lot of difficulties and problems in generating invoices, registrations, filing taxes, calming returns and so on. However, government tried it’s best to educate people by organizing events, classes, trainings, seminars and workshops for the same so that people know about the norms and are able to make fair decision for their respective businesses. One of the most challenging task that businesses had to face after the GST roll-out was to prepare invoices and the points that they need to include in it to make it business and GST-compliant. In this post, we list eleven things that you need to make a GST invoice. Take a look.

1. Name and Address

Similar to a sales invoice, the first piece of information that you need to generate a GST invoice is your name and address of the business. You need to use your same address that you have registered to obtain your GST number. In case, you have multiple offices in different states, you must use the address that you have provided during the time of registration.

2. GSTIN/GST Number

GST number is the alpha-numeric number that is assigned to you at the time of complete  GST registration online. It is required to generate an invoice to verify that you are officially registered your business under the GST regime. Apply for GST number which is a fifteen digit number of which the first two digits helps to recognize the state whereas the proceeding digits refer to the registered PAN number of the taxpayer.

3. GST Invoice Number

A GST number is a number that is provided to the taxpayer once the invoice has been generated. The invoice number contains a serial number consisting of alphabets and numerals which is specific to that invoice.

4. Date of GST Invoice

It is extremely important to incorporate the date at which the particular invoice was generated or issued. If any kind of issue arises, the invoice can be taken out according to the dates for further verification of the details.

5. Recipient Details

While generating the invoice, you need to fill the recipient details including the name, address, mobile number GST number and so on. You might require to mention the state with code and the location of the recipient, but, it totally depends on the type of invoice you are generating.

6. HSN Code or SAC Code

HSN and SAC codes are specific codes given to particular type of goods and services respectively. HSN refers to the Harmonized System of Nomenclature and is an internationally accepted cod for the goods whereas the SAC refer to Service Accounting Codes for services adopted by Central Board of Excise and Customs. Both the codes need to be mention in the invoice.

7. Total Value and Taxable Value of Sales

The most important components of the GST invoice is the total value of sales and the taxable value of the sales. They need to mention clearly and separately on the invoice. In case of any discount on the product or services, it needs to be mentioned.

8. Rate of GST

One of the most important things that you need to incorporate in the GST invoice is the rate of GST. Whether you’re selling a product or providing a service, you need to mention the rate of GST you have levied on the customer.


It’s important to apply for GST number before making an invoice for further simplification and identification of the processes. Make sure you follow the process of generating invoice step by step to avoid the mistakes and rejection.