Tax arrears of Gujarat industrial units at Rs 30,000 crore

Tax arrears of Gujarat industrial units at Rs 30,000 crore

The combined tax arrears of over 48,000 industrial units in Gujarat stood at Rs 30,000 crore as on June 30, 2019. Official sources in the state finance department said the taxes that remained unpaid include sales tax and value added tax (VAT) for the period before the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017. Of these units, there are nearly 6,400 units with tax bills of more than Rs 10 lakh. The figure includes long-pending dues, says…

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Since GST rollout in July 2017, Rs 45,682.83 crore fraud detected

Since GST rollout in July 2017, Rs 45,682.83 crore fraud detected

A total of 9385 cases of tax fraud involving amount of Rs 45,682.83 crore has been detected by the tax authorities under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime since its rollout from July 1, 2017, government data showed. Out of this, 1,593 tax fraud cases involving an amount of Rs 6520.40 crore have been detected in April-June, the first three months of this financial year. In a response to a question regarding tax frauds under GST, Minister of State…

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GST rate on cement, steel, pipes, roofing sheets and other building materials: Implications on housing sector

GST rate on cement, steel, pipes, roofing sheets and other building materials: Implications on housing sector

The Indian cement industry is the second largest cement producer in the world. The Government of India is focussing on developing affordable housing. However, due to high GST rate of 28%, the cementindustry is not being able to work on low economies of scale resulting in a higher cost for the affordable housing sector. The government should take serious note of reducing the GST rate from 28% to 18% to boost the cement industry which would provide an ultimate boost to…

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GST collection of states, union territories increased to Rs 5.18 lakh crore in FY19, says Nirmala Sitharaman

GST collection of states, union territories increased to Rs 5.18 lakh crore in FY19, says Nirmala Sitharaman

GST collection of states and union territories increased to Rs 5.18 lakh crore in the financial year 2018-19, a significant rise from Rs 2.91 lakh crore in 2017-18, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Parliament on Monday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Finance Minister said the Centre government released Rs 81,177 crore compensation to the states during the fiscal year 2018-19 against Rs 48,178 crore released in FY18. Saying the high-powered GST…

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Over 2 lakh new registrations in Haryana under GST

Over 2 lakh new registrations in Haryana under GST

Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu on Tuesday said that over two lakh new registrations have been added under the GST in the state since its roll-out to the existing base of 2.25 lakh payers under the erstwhile VAT. The Finance Minister said the progress of implementation of GST right from its roll-out in July 2017 was constantly reviewed in the state. Extensive training programmes were conducted for the training of all stakeholders. “Workshop, seminars, conferences and interactive sessions with the…

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GST: Steady decline in number of return filers in last four months

GST: Steady decline in number of return filers in last four months

Total number of entities filing GST returns has seen steady declined in the last four months for which data is available. Between February and May this year, the number of entities filing GST return has declined by almost 8 lakh, which is nearly 10% of the total GST return filed in the country. According to latest official information, the number of entities that are required to file GSTR-3B form is around 1.03 crore while the number of entities that have…

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Important dates to remember for GST return filings

Important dates to remember for GST return filings

Filing of returns with the Government within stipulated dates is important for a taxpayer in order to avoid incurring any Interest and Penalty. Forms GSTR-1 AND 3B are to be filled by a person registered under GST for each month other than the people who are registered under the composition scheme. The important dates that should be remembered for filing GST returns are: GSTR-3B is to be filed by all taxpayers and the last -date to file is 20th July…

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Sitharaman says tax targets achievable, GST collections could rise: Report

Sitharaman says tax targets achievable, GST collections could rise: Report

India has given itself achievable targets for its tax collections, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in an interview to news daily Hindustan Times, adding that goods and services tax (GST) collections could “absolutely” move higher. India expects to rake in Rs 24.6 trillion ($358.97 billion) in gross tax revenue in 2019/20. Sitharaman, in her maiden budget last week, raised taxes on the super rich and gold imports in a bid to revive sagging growth. GST collections fell below Rs 1…

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Anti-profiteering in GST: Caught in litigation, extension in tenure may not be enough

Anti-profiteering in GST: Caught in litigation, extension in tenure may not be enough

Anti-profiteering provisions have been in force for nearly two years and at the recent GST Council meeting the tenure of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) has been extended for two more years, till November 2021. Although the key reason given for this extension was the large pendency of complaints (around 350) which still needs to be investigated, it is fair to say that the presumption is that GST benefits are still not being passed on to consumers. But is the extension of tenure all…

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Delhi government cancels GST registration of 1,282 traders for fraud

Delhi government cancels GST registration of 1,282 traders for fraud

The Delhi government has cancelled the GST registration of 1,282 traders who were found to be involved in the issuance of fake invoices. In addition, “show cause notices for cancellation have been issued to 3,221 dealers, of which proceedings are still underway​,” a government statement said on Wednesday. ​ The department has directed its tax officers to recover the entire amount of tax, interest and penalty from such dealers as well as to take other legal action against them. Following…

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