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What is E-commerce Transaction


June 7, 2021


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What is an E commerce Transaction?

E-commerce transactions are transactions of buying or selling online, which are made through the use of computers / mobiles/ other telecommunications devices and equipments. It also involves conducting any transaction , which involves transfer of ownership or rights to use goods or services through a computer-mediated network

Various authorities have given definition of E-commerce as under :  –

The High Powered committee constituted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (“CBDT”)

“E-commerce  as  generally  defined  covers  transactions  involving  offer  and  acceptance  on networks. Mode of delivery and payment may be in digitized form or in traditional manner.

Organization  of  Economic  Co-operation  and  Development  (“OECD”)  working  party  on indicators for the information society

“the  sale  or  purchase  of  goods  or  services,  conducted  over  computer  networks  by  methods specifically designed for the purpose of receiving or placing of orders. The goods or services are ordered by those methods, but the payment and the ultimate delivery of the goods or service do  not  have  to  be  conducted  online.  An  e-commerce  transaction  can  be  between  enterprises, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organisations.

 The     United Nations           Economic       and      Social Commission  for       Asia    and      the            Pacific (“UNESCAP”)

“the  process  of  using  electronic  methods  and  procedures  to  conduct  all  forms  of  business activity.”

Based on the above definitions, some of the key characterstics of e-commerce are as under : –

Electronic commerce can include several technologies , some of which are as under  : –

  1. Mobile commerce,
  2. Electronic funds transfer – From one bank to another;
  3. Supply chain management,
  4. Internet marketing – Google, Facebook etc.
  5. Online transaction processing,

In E commerce transactions, atleastone part of the transaction’s life cycle, is carried out using     World            Wide Web (www.). These are additionally supported by   e-mails and other applications. In recent times,  Mobile applications are used extensively for e-commerce transactions.Online        transactions     via Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Alibaba, Paytm, etc., are covered under the definition of e-commerce.

International Taxation Services

E commerce Transaction Meaning – Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”)

The key characterstics of an E-commerce transaction under the BEPS report are as under : –

  1. It involves sale or purchase of goods or services, conducted over computer Networks, by the use of methods which are specifically designed for the purpose of receiving or placing of orders;
  2. While order can be placed by any of these methods, the payment and the ultimate delivery of the goods or service may be conducted offline/physically;
  3. E-commerce transaction can be between enterprises, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organisations.

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Arinjay Jain

Bio of author

Arinjay is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of post-qualification experience. He worked as Director, in the M&A Tax Division at KPMG in India. Presently, he is advising several MNCs in UAE on Economic Substance Regulations and impact of the UAE Corporate Tax Law on their business and clients across globe on International Tax issues . He is a well recognised Trainer of International Tax and UAE Corporate Tax. The areas of service include the following : - Advise and Compliance relating to International Tax Issues; Advise relating to UAE Corporate Tax Issues; Advise and Compliance relating to UAE Economic Substance Regulations; Advise and Compliance relating to Indian Income Tax Issues; Other connected matters from a Regulatory perspective.


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