Due to the corona pandemic staying at home has become the new normal. People have changed their ways of doing things. Many people have lost their jobs. They are trying to learn new skills too from the comfort of their home. Learning about GST is one of the right decisions being made by many people. New job opportunities are emerging in various fields which can be grabbed by having working knowledge in GST. By learning GST you can also work from home. This will give you double pleasure and satisfaction. You will realize that you have a home and now work also to do from home. With the easy accessibility of the internet, almost every person first finds the relevant material by googling the subject and watching youtube videos. Today we are going to tell you how you can make yourself learn about GST in a very short period of time and that too without spending much money. All you need is a good internet connection and an eagerness to learn.
1. Youtube videos on various topics
You can start your learning journey by watching videos on youTube regarding GST. Simultaneously start reading articles on the same topics on which you are watching videos. Internet is like a vast ocean where you can find a lot of hidden gems. Videos by ‘JK shah classes Indirect tax for ca final may 21’ is one such diamond in which you can find videos in chronological order. These videos are of a very high standard but you will be able to understand according to your need. Also, videos from ClearTax and Consultease is like icing on the cake.
a) Accounting software manufacturing firm
b) Tax consultancy firm
c) CA students coaching institute, has its website and they have uploaded innumerable videos regarding GST which can be freely accessed by anyone. Many renowned and budding tax teachers also have their videos.
A lot of CA’s have started their youtube channels to gain recognition and are trying to bring traffic to their channel. These videos are short but very informative. You can subscribe to these channels and get notifications of their new videos. They are on very specific topics like different case studies, new notifications, clarifications, and amendments.
Some videos may be misleading or conflicting, but you can rectify yourself by adopting due diligence, watching more videos on the same topic, and reading about the topic. You move from basic to advanced topics. Like starting from basic concepts of supply, place of supply, B2B, B2C, taxability, type of goods, registered dealer, ITC, creation of E-way bill, online payment of tax, etc. Then graduate to the filing of monthly returns, credit notes, debit notes, annual returns, and matching of data from accounting to GST platform.
2. By going on the GST portal
You can go to the GST portal i.e.www.gst.gov.in.Then find offline utilities. Download them. Read the text on them about each utility. It is very informative and will make you familiar with the different terms used and their treatment. If you have a login I.D and password of any of your knowns, then go to the return dashboard and then to different returns. Get a feel of the portal, how it looks like, and what are the various tiles in it.
3. By reading some good articles
We have researched for you and made a list of some websites which have quality articles on GST.
- CBIC website
You can also google the topic and find many articles. GST is a new act and it has modifications very frequently. You have to keep yourself updated with the latest developments. Also, read reputed business newspapers and magazines to gain current information. GST has touched the lives of every businessman, tax professional, consultant, etc. You can have a healthy discussion with these people and attain some practical knowledge.
4. Reading an online book
These days course material for many financial courses is available online. ICAI’s course material, JK shah classes’ material, and Ebook in PDF form by Cleartax are highly recommended for authentic information on GST. These are all free and can be easily downloaded.
5. Bare Act of GST
The bare act can be downloaded from the CBIC website. The GST act has actually 4 acts. (CGST,SGST,IGST,UTGST) .These are mostly similar with a few exceptions. You can start with CGST. The bare act may be a little difficult to understand in the beginning, then you see a video on that topic. That will make things easier for you. There are also all the notifications, circulars, and news about any new development on that site.
6.Doing a formal course on GST
After doing your homework you can go for an ‘Online GST practitioner’ certification from a reputed and credible online portal. This will clear your doubts and fill in the remaining gaps. This will instill confidence within you and also you will have a certificate to show to your employer to prove your worth. Most of the portals have their pre-recorded sessions on all the topics of GST. They also provide videos on new amendments, notifications, clarifications, etc. These sessions are given by CA’s who are experts in their field. You will get access to these videos according to the policy of that portal. You can watch these videos at your home at your leisure. Some call it a ‘Blended Learning Approach, learning management system or online learning dashboard’.For clearing your doubts you will be provided an online doubt clearing session, what’s app number, or a query resolution system on their website. You will also be provided with relevant course material in easy language. We have compared the videos and course material of many online portals and have prepared a list of the best ‘Online GST practitioner certifications.
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