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‘GST changes game for tax evaders’: Finance secretary

‘GST changes game for tax evaders’: Finance secretary

‘GST changes game for tax evaders’: Finance secretary

Finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia said on Tuesday that goods and services tax (GST) will “change the game” for those who avoid to paying taxes. “When GST was introduced it was hailed as a gamechanging tax reform. Do you know what is game changing? It is an innovation which can spoil the games people were playing to avoid paying taxes,” Adhia told a gathering of exporters, while delivering his speech in Hindi. The rollout of GST has been seen as a measure to plug loopholes and ensure that businesses across the country start paying taxes. Using high-end return filing and matching system, the new tax regime makes it tough for tax evaders. Introduction of GST is also seen as the government’s overall strategy to nab evaders.

Adhia, who has played a key role in the implementation of the new tax reform measure, explained in detail to exporters how it will benefit them. “Leave aside the transition problems. I want to assure you that in the long term it (GST) will benefit exports.”

The finance secretary explained the reason behind delay of refund for exporters and how the government had responded swiftly to address the problem. He said wrong filing of returns along with technological problems had delayed the process.

Adhia also elaborated the benefit of GST for exporters. “Earlier some states would give VAT refunds after two-to-three years, some would never give. Plus there was no credit for 5% octroi if you were in Mumbai. Under the GST system being put in place to file one application, get one refund order and get one refund. This will ease life and will boost exports.”

He said once the system stabilises, exporters will get refund for Integrated GST (IGST) as soon as they file for it. Adhia said the government has devised a manual cum automatic way of filing refund. “This is an online system. Printout has to be submitted to jurisdictional officer.”

Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said introduction of the new tax regime “would be the catalyst for spurring growth in the export sector. Lower duty on most of the items and reduction of cascading effect of various duties would lower the cost and make exports competitive”.

Source :  The Times of India
PMI: Restocking bounce short-lived, GST clouds over manufacturing sector darken

PMI: Restocking bounce short-lived, GST clouds over manufacturing sector darken

GST will further boost India’s ranking in ease of doing business, say bankers

Concerns of Indian manufacturers over the negative impact of the goods and services tax (GST) are far from over. The bounce seen in manufacturing output and new orders, aided by restocking ahead of the festive season in September, has waned.

The Nikkei Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a seasonally adjusted monthly survey of private sector activity, showed that manufacturing PMI fell to 50.3 last month from September’s 51.2. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion from the previous month, while one below 50 points to contraction.

PMI: Restocking bounce short-lived, GST clouds over manufacturing sector darken
After expanding for the previous two months, the New Business Orders Index slipped into the contraction zone at 49.9 in October.

Even though the manufacturing PMI remained above the expansion threshold for the third consecutive month in October, it was only marginally in positive territory. The deceleration suggests that manufacturing activity has not recovered from disruption caused by goods and services tax.

Also Read: GST will further boost India’s ranking in ease of doing business, say, bankers

Ambiguity over the new tax regime weighed on demand conditions, consequently hampering new business orders. After expanding for the previous two months, the New Business Orders Index slipped into the contraction zone at 49.9 in October.

Commenting on the Indian Manufacturing PMI survey data, Aashna Dodhia, economist at IHS Markit and author of the report, said, “India’s manufacturing companies struggled somewhat as the recent recovery enjoyed by the sector lost impetus in October. Disappointingly, manufacturing production rose at the weakest pace in the current sequence of growth. Inflows of new orders stagnated as the negative effects arising from the implementation of GST continued to dampen demand levels.”

As a result, business confidence among manufacturers, which had recovered in September, faded. The Future Output Index eased to 57.5— the weakest since February. “Optimism was rooted in projected benefits of GST materializing over the next 12 months. However, some firms expressed concerns over negative GST effects,” added Dodhia.

Also Read: GST extension- July deadline to file GSTR-2, GSTR-3 moved to Nov 30, Dec 11

Meanwhile, the deadline to file GST returns for July was extended since many could not upload information given the technical glitches with the GST Network. Businesses will be able to claim timely credit depending on the accuracy and completeness of data. Failing that, the pressure on their working capital is likely to remain.

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Tax professionals defer protest against GST filing

Tax professionals defer protest against GST filing


GST India

Tax professionals from across Gujarat who had been protesting against the system of filing GST returns since a week, have postponed their plans for a mega rally and subsequent protest programmes till the next GST council meeting which will be held on November 9.

The decision was taken on Sunday after a delegation of representatives of Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association (GSTBA), met CM Vijay Rupani. In fact, GSTBA officials also met commercial tax commissioner, P D Vaghela, on Monday.

“CM Rupani has assured that all our issues will be submitted before the Union government and in the upcoming GST Council meeting, necessary decisions to address these problems will be taken,” said Harnish Modh, secretary, GSTBA.

Last week, in a major announcement, GSTBA had announced mega protest rally on Thursday – November 2 apart from other protest programmes on November 6 and 7. On Friday, tax professionals had staged a major protest outside SGST/ CGST centres across more than 25 cities of Gujarat, urging the tax authorities to file returns on their behalf.

In fact, GSTBA officials have also submitted the memorandum to the concerned authorities enlisting a number of issues faced by them for filing GST returns including arbitrary errors and penalties along with non-submission of correctly filled forms, among others.

Deadline for filing GSTR-2, GSTR-3 forms extended

Ahmedabad: Top level members of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) including President Shailesh Patwari and honourary secretaries – Anil Sanghvi and Saurin Parikh – met Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley on Monday, urging to extend deadline for submitting GSTR-2 and GSTR-3 as traders and businesses are facing tremendous difficulties. Union government soon after made an announcement deferring the deadline to file GSTR-2 and GSTR-3 for the month of July 2017 to November 30 and December 11, respectively. The move comes as a major relief to a host of traders and businesses. That apart, other issues such as expedition of GST refund to exporters, reducing tax rate of certain commodities attracting 28% rate and difficulties of small traders in filing returns, were also represented before the finance minister.

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Source :  The Times of India
GST: Key questions and concerns

GST: Key questions and concerns

GST- Key questions and concerns

Four months since the launch of the goods and services tax (GST) a number of concerns and questions remain:

States’ rights

The GST Bill has not infringed on the rights of the state legislatures. In fact, the amendments to the Constitution have been made by consensus and all states have agreed to the GST scheme. It is also gratifying that all decisions of the GST Council have been unanimous so far. The state legislatures have obviously agreed to the GST scheme because the levy of value-added tax (VAT) on alcohol and petroleum products has been left out of it, whereby a substantial part of the revenue accruing to the states continues to be protected as state subjects. At the same time, accommodating the demands of the states has weakened the GST regime by making it complicated. It has also resulted in very high rates of taxation including GST rates of 28 percent and above.

Exemption limit

The announced exemption for firms with a turnover below Rs 20 lakh is very low and will not ensure the protection of the informal sector. Further, the reverse charge mechanism (RCM) is a serious blow to the informal sector and it has reportedly resulted in very small units being affected since larger units are reluctant to buy from them because of the RCM. Fortunately, this mechanism has been postponed until March 2018.

GST and GDP growth

The GST scheme was expected to increase GDP growth. But the complicated structure and the initial infrastructural problems have resulted in several units of all sizes facing difficulties in compliance. There are also reports that the manufacturing sector has experienced a slowdown and exports have been affected because of goods and service tax issues. The need for payment of the GST at the outset and for claiming the refund at a later point in time has also impacted cash flow. For the present, the GST scheme will not give any boost to GDP growth.

Gold bullion, real estate, and alcohol

Traditionally, the bullion and jewellery sector has been subjected to very low rates of tax because of difficulties in compliance and the largely unorganised nature of business in this area. The tax rate of 3 percent is a continuation of a similar rate that prevailed at an earlier point in time.

As far as the real estate sector is concerned, there is no justification for keeping it outside the ambit of the GST. Indeed, housing is an extremely important segment of the economy and including housing in the GST would have benefited housing projects for weaker sections. By excluding housing from the GST, the cost of individual apartments is bound to go up and this will particularly hit the lower middle class. When all inputs like cement and steel are subject to the GST and when renting of immovable property is also subject to the GST, there is no justification in disallowing GST on the ground that the houses which are constructed are immovable property.

At the same time, alcohol was kept out of the GST because of political compulsions and because it is a substantial source of revenue for most states. They would not have parted with the right to levy taxes on potable alcohol and without this concession the GST would not have been possible.

Gainers and losers

At present, it is still uncertain as to who will gain or lose in the long run from this major tax reform. It is likely that large sectors may benefit because of input credit on both goods and services and elimination of interstate trade barriers. This is a theoretical advantage but may get partly affected because of complex legal structures. For example, the e-way bill may create problems in transportation which will offset any benefit that has arisen because of abolishing octroi/entry tax or check posts. At present, the informal sector units are affected by the GST scheme as they do not have the capability of electronically complying with complex procedural requirements. Further, serial classification disputes are also likely to arise because of multiple tax rates.

Simplifying the tax system

The tax system will have to be simplified; the present complex system cannot continue. There is already an indication that multiple tax rates will have to be reduced and the maximum rate has to be brought down. Unless there is the procedural simplification, the compliance costs will become quite heavy. There is a need to eliminate several provisions which do not serve any purpose. For example, the need to file three monthly returns is a provision which does not exist anywhere in the world and there is no reason why Indian businesses should be burdened with this onerous requirement.

Are we ready for GST?

India was not ready for GST on 1 July 2017. It would have been better if the GST had been introduced on a trial basis or like a pilot project and then suitably amended to ensure a relatively painless transition to the new regime. Unfortunately, the entire nation was required to shift to a completely new regime which was procedurally complex. There was inadequate electronic infrastructure both with the assessees as well as the government. Further, frequent changes in the rules and rates of duty added to the difficulty in having a workable software system. It is hoped that these technical problems are sorted out in the next few months.


Originally Written By Mr Arvind Datar (senior advocate and legal scholar)
Source: Idea For India
Could the Government’s initiatives make GST a simple affair?

Could the Government’s initiatives make GST a simple affair?

Make GST Simple

It’s been barely three months since the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the good and simple tax law has been further simplified. The Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi also stated that the decisions taken by the GST Council in its twenty-second meeting have evoked the mood of Diwali festival for taxpayers.

The government was flooded with several representations primarily from the exporters as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) on the varied challenges faced by them in the first quarter of GST implementation. The trader community especially merchant traders/exporters were facing serious concerns on account of blockage of working capital and delayed refund of the taxes paid on export of goods or services. The taxpayers were finding it difficult to undertake compliances correctly due to system issues and they were puzzled by the complications in the return filing process, reverse charge on procurement from registered suppliers, etc.

Taking a note of the increasing dissent in the exporter and trading community, the GST Council has taken several decisions which are expected to benefit the exporters and SMEs and is intended to ease the compliance burden. Some of the key decisions taken by the GST Council especially for exporters include the extension of the upfront exemption from IGST on procurements available under various schemes such as advance authorisation, Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme and 100% Export Oriented Units (EOUs). The exemption will apply to the procurement of goods whether imported or sourced indigenously. However, the said benefit is not extended to the procurement of services. As the contribution of services sector increases in the economy, the exporters would have rejoiced had the scheme extended to cover the procurement of services as well. Further, in the absence of any specific notification, it is not clear whether the service export units (such as Software Technology Parks of India /Service EOU) can avail the said exemption.

Another attempt made to alleviate the burden of working capital for merchant exporter was to reduce the GST rate on the procurements made by such exporters to a marginal rate of 0.1%. The GST Council has also announced that the refunds of the IGST paid on exports in the month of July 2017 will be paid/cleared from 10 October 2017 and that for the month of August 2017 will be cleared from 18 October 2017. The authorities also issued a Circular on 9 October 2017 clarifying the procedural aspects for grant of refund to exporters. Trade and industry will celebrate the festival of lights if the burden of working capital is made lighter by actual grant of refund within the timelines announced.

Also Read: GST composition scheme: GoM consensus on providing relief to small restaurants

Further, the decision to defer the compliance under the reverse charge mechanism applicable for procurements from unregistered suppliers till 31 March 2018 is a welcome relief. However, the trade expects that such reverse charge mechanism should be withdrawn completely and not deferred only for a few months.

Contrary to the industry demand for the abolition of the e-way bill system, the GST Council has decided to implement the same in a staggered manner from 1 January 2018 and on an all India basis from till 31 March 2018. The industry believes that given the stringent control and penal provisions for issuance of invoice/delivery challan for every movement of goods, the requirement for e-way bills could unnecessarily lead to additional compliance burden and not contribute to the ease of doing business in India.

Small enterprises can rejoice as the limit for composition scheme has been enhanced to INR1 crore in a move to provide relief to a large base of small taxpayers. Also, the SME sector has been granted the facility to furnish tax returns and tax payments on a quarterly basis instead of a monthly return/payment. However, all the taxpayers will have to file the monthly returns for the first quarter and the benefit of quarterly returns can be availed only from the quarter of October-December 2017. Thus, all taxpayers will have to experience the online matching concept and monthly return for the first quarter ending in September 2017.

Read: Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

Unlike the erstwhile regime, the time of supply of goods also includes the receipt of advance and this has affected small dealers and manufacturers as they had to prepay the GST. Therefore, the GST Council has granted a waiver from payment of GST on receipt of advances. Now, small dealers and manufacturers having an annual aggregate turnover upto INR1.5 crore shall be liable to pay GST only on actual supplies of goods and not on advances received. This can also help eliminate the issue of non-availability of input tax credit albeit only for a small section of the taxpayers. Even the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and the Tax Collected at source (TCS) provisions are deferred till 31 March 2018.

Besides the above key measures, the GST Council has also rationalised the applicable GST rates for many products in line with the industry representation. The noteworthy items primarily include food items, unbranded ayurvedic/homoeopathy medicines, man-made and synthetic/artificial filament yarn, e-waste, etc.

Another crucial matter for the manufacturing sector is the uncertainty on the quantum of area-based incentives including incentives offered by states under the state industrial policy. Though recently a notification to the effect was issued in the public domain by the central government, the stand of state governments is not clear.

Read: Tracking the GST that you pay is now at your fingertips!

While some relaxations announced by the GST Council are a step in the right direction, however, the job is not yet done. These measures are primarily aimed at the SME sector and all other taxpayers who have an annual turnover of more than INR1.5 crore will still be required to comply with stringent compliance under GST. Besides this, there are several other challenges which the industry is facing especially with regard to a stabilisation of GSTN/technical glitches and it is expected that the GST Council will accord due importance to these issues to help ensure that the real intended benefit of GST is enjoyed equally by the trade and the consumer. These steps in a continuous dialogue between the government and trade can really make GST, in a true sense, a Good and Simple Tax.

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Source: Forbes India
GST composition scheme: GoM consensus on providing relief to small restaurants

GST composition scheme: GoM consensus on providing relief to small restaurants

GST compostion Scheem

In an extension of the relief measures taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its October 6 meeting, the Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted to make the composition scheme more attractive, broadly agreed to provide more relief for small and medium businesses in its first meeting held in Delhi on Sunday. The five-member committee is learnt to have agreed upon the need to reduce the GST composition rate for dhabas/roadside eateries/small restaurants, from the existing 5 per cent and also, have a differential GST rate for non-AC restaurants, a state finance minister who attended the meeting said.

Also, the GoM, convened by Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has agreed to invite representatives from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the next GST Council meeting to incorporate their views while deciding on some more relief measures for the MSME sector.

“The broad consensus of the meeting was that there is a need to provide more relief to the smaller businesses. Tax rate for restaurants should be differential, such as the GST rate for restaurants, other than those in luxury hotels, should be lower than the existing 12 per cent (for non-AC restaurants). It was also discussed that the GST rate for restaurants under the composition scheme should be lower than (the current rate of) 5 per cent so that the dhabas/roadside eateries/small restaurants benefit from it,” the state finance minister cited above said.

The recommendations of the GoM regarding the composition scheme will be taken up in the next meeting of GST Council that is scheduled to be held early next month, the state finance minister said.

In its last meeting held on October 6, the GST Council had taken a slew of measures to significantly reduce the compliance burden of small companies and traders by allowing them to file quarterly returns instead of monthly submissions, expanding the scope of the Composition Scheme and making it easier for exporters to claim tax refund.

Also, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced that the Council had decided to set up a Group of Ministers to “make the composition scheme more attractive”. The terms of reference for the GoM include examining whether turnover of exempted goods can be excluded from the total turnover threshold for levying tax under the Composition Scheme along with looking into the tax structure of different categories of restaurants, with “a view to their possible rationalisation/reduction”. The GoM will also examine if inter-state outward supplies of goods can be a part of composition scheme and if input tax credit can be allowed to registered taxpayers receiving inward supplies from composition dealers.

The measures taken for the MSME sector by the GST Council earlier this month included increase in the turnover threshold for Composition Scheme to Rs 1 crore as compared to the earlier turnover threshold of Rs 75 lakh. Composition scheme dealers have to pay GST at the rate of 1 per cent of the turnover, manufacturers at the rate of 2 per cent and restaurants at the rate of 5 per cent.

Read: Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

The GST Council had also allowed assesses with turnover less than Rs 1.5 crore to pay taxes and file returns on a quarterly basis instead of monthly basis, starting from October-December quarter. The Council had also allowed small service providers to operate across multiple states without registering with the GST Network and had exempted exempt service providers with annual aggregate turnover less than Rs 20 lakh from obtaining registration even if they are making inter-state taxable supplies of services.

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Tracking the GST that you pay is now at your fingertips!

Tracking the GST that you pay is now at your fingertips!

GST Track Mobile

A mobile app to help consumers verify the rate of GST levied on the product they purchase, or the service they access, and to assist the tax authorities in the crackdown on enterprises retaining the tax they collect, is to be launched soon by the Telangana government.

The Commercial Taxes Department and IIT-Hyderabad have developed the TGST app and its beta version is available, Principal Secretary-Commercial Tax and Excise Somesh Kumar said here on Thursday.

Keep track of the GST you payExplaining the benefits, Mr. Somesh Kumar said a consumer needs to merely upload a photo of the bill issued to them by an enterprise on the app. The photo gets “automatically uploaded to the server and then (the bill) is processed by us. The consumer gets a feedback on whether the enterprise was enrolled under goods and service tax and was charging the correct rate.”

Read: Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

It would bring in more transparency and act like a feedback mechanism. The app would also provide information on whether the enterprise had opted for the composition scheme under GST, he said. Firms that have opted for the scheme are not supposed to levy tax, including a hotel, Mr. Kumar said in an interaction with presspersons on the sidelines of the conference on ‘GST – Post Implementation Issues’. Earlier, addressing the conference organised by industry body Assocham, the senior official said it has been 100 days since the roll-out of goods & service tax and revenue income was improving. The GST Council, he added, was addressing issues concerning the exporters as well as small and medium enterprises. In two months, Rs 2,800 crore had been collected in the State, he said.

Additional Commissioner-GST (Rangareddy) Manjula D. Hosmani said at the conference that the government was aware and reacting proactively to the concerns related to GST. As of October 5, of the 2.21 lakh registered assessees under Goods & Service Tax, around 1.37 lakh had filed their GSTR-3B, she said, advising them to avoid last minute rush in filing returns. Former Chairman of CBEC S. Dutt Majumder said GST is a work in progress and the glitches were being addressed.

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Source: The Hindu
Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

Are businesses really facing problems or is it just another political stunt with GST?

Lately, we hear a lot of criticism from all sections of the society, particularly the traders, who are clamouring about the tax burden, compliance difficulties, obstacles in doing business and so on. However, the Government has a different take on this (GST) , which does not support any of these claims.

As per the latest (July) statistics from the Government, you will be surprised to note that 40% of the assessees pay nil tax, while the remaining 60% did not have cash liability of over Rs. 33,000. Now, let’s get into details.

In the July month, almost 54 lakh businesses filed their returns out of which 40% have claimed ‘nil’ tax liability, without paying a single penny. That implies, around 22 lakh businesses did not even pay a single rupee of GST. Among the remaining 60% of the population or roughly around 32 lakh businesses, many did not have the cash liability and accordingly they have opted to avail the credits available for service tax or excise that they had paid, before GST was introduced on July 1. Within this figure, close to 70% had a tax liability between Rs. 0 – 33,000. However, a small figure comprising of just 10,000 companies or 3% accounted for a major GST share, i.e., 2/3rd of the GST that the Government has collected in the month of July.

Also read: Why a service provider needs to register for GST across several states

Current status of the registered buyers

According to Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, at present, close to one crore businesses and service providers have been registered, wherein 72 lakhs have migrated from the previous tax era, while 25 to 26 lakh new taxpayers have been added. He further added that over 94-95% of the collections were mopped from large assessees (with the turnover of over Rs. 1.5 crores), who make up roughly 10% of the overall registered taxpayers.

Then, why this criticism?

One of the senior officials has quoted that everyone is simply seeking exemptions, but most are not paying taxes. Political parties, on the other hand, are blaming the government for its poor implementation for the problems being faced by several quarters of taxpayers. However, the government on its part has its own version of why criticism has been mounted from various quarters. One reason is that earlier several entity were out of the tax purview or simply evading taxes, but are now coughed up to pay taxes. The government also admitted that as of now there were low tax collections, but in near future, the government is planning to widen the base and create space in the future, thereby reducing the tax rates.

Concept paper to help in tailoring the GST rates

In the recently concluded meeting on GST, Jaitley said that the GST council has decided on how rates would be determined in the future. He added that as revenue increases and based on the revenue neutrality situation in the future, rates will be tailored, as per the Concept paper, which has been approved.

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Do you know why a service provider needs to register for GST across several states?

Do you know why a service provider needs to register for GST across several states?

Do you know why a service provider needs to register for GST across several states?

This is one of the tricky questions that often arises when businessmen tend to do business across multiple states or simply offer services across multiple states, apart from the state where they have been registered. There is lot of confusion on this (GST ) and this blog tries to address this ambiguity, using few practical scenarios.

Let’s take the first scenario. Assume that you are a service provider, who has operations in only one state. In such a scenario, GST is going to be quite easy for you, as you need to have a single registration from where you are operating. This way, you can ensure minimal compliance, apart from getting more input tax credit.

Now, let’s take another scenario, where you are offering services in other states, apart from the state, where you have been registered. Even in such a scenario, you are required to have only one GST registration pertaining to the state, where you have the registered office. Simply stated, you can operate with one GST registration, though you may be offering services in multiple states.

Also read: All about Goods & Services Tax

Now, let’s understand a typical scenario, where you would be operating across multiple states, apart from your home state. Or you may be on the verge of establishing an office in other states to expand your business. In such a scenario, you would be required to register in that particular state(s) as well, where you intend to open your office or expand your operations. This is quite cumbersome and complex, considering that you need to have an individual GST registration across each state, where you intend to operate.

In the pre-GST era, though your business might be operating in multiple states, you may still require a single registration, where you have established the office. However, in this post GST era, this single tax has been split that need to paid state wise. This becomes a headache for companies operating across multiple states; a typical example being the banking sector, which operates across Pan India. Though there have been requests to minimize this impact, till date, nothing much has materialized. Let’s hope for the best in the coming days that can ease the burden of multiple GST registrations.

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GST rule changes: 12 things to know

GST rule changes: 12 things to know

The decision to reduce the compliance burden of small companies and traders, comes just two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi address regarding concerns over implementation of GST.

Arun Jaitley : GST

Three months after the rollout of the indirect tax regime, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, following a meeting on Friday, announced relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, and also eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on 27 common use items.

After the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “GST Council has considered the implementation experience of the last three months and gave relief to small traders… Compliance burden of medium and small taxpayers in GST has been reduced.”

The relief granted to small and medium enterprises comes after complaints of tedious compliance burden under the GST that was intended to be a simple indirect tax regime which replaced over a dozen Central and state taxes.

The decision to reduce the compliance burden of small companies and traders, came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi address regarding concerns over implementation of GST where he said that he had asked the Council to identify bottlenecks faced by small and medium enterprises.

Read: 100 days of GST: From launch to scope of reducing slabs, journey of the tax reform so far

Here’s the full list of recommendations made by the Finance Minister during the meeting:

Composition Scheme

1. The composition scheme will be made available to taxpayers having annual aggregate turnover of up to Rs. 1 crore as against the previous turnover threshold of Rs 75 lakhs. This threshold of turnover for special category States will be increased to Rs 75 lakhs from Rs 50 lakhs, while the turnover threshold for Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand will be Rs 1 crore.

2. It has been decided that such People who are otherwise eligible for availing the composition scheme and are providing any exempt service(such as extending deposits to banks for which interest is being received), will be eligible for the composition scheme.

3. To make the composition scheme more attractive, a Group of Ministers (GoM) will be constituted to examine measures.

Relief for Small and Medium Enterprises

4. It has now been decided to exempt those service providers whose annual aggregate turnover is less than Rs 20 lakhs (Rs. 10 lakhs in special category states except for J & K) from obtaining registration even if they are making inter-State taxable supplies of services. This measure is expected to significantly reduce the compliance cost of small service providers.

5. To facilitate the ease of payment and return filing for small and medium businesses with annual aggregate turnover up to Rs 1.5 crores, a recommendation has been made that such taxpayers will be required to file quarterly returns in FORM GSTR-1,2 & 3 and pay taxes only on a quarterly basis, starting from the Third Quarter of this Financial Year i.e. October-December, 2017.

6. To benefit small businesses and substantially reduce compliance costs, the reverse charge mechanism under sub-section (4) of section 9 of the CGST Act, 2017 and under sub-section (4) of section 5 of the IGST Act, 2017 will be suspended till March 31, 2018 and will be reviewed by a committee of experts.

7. In order to mitigate inconvenience faced by small dealers and manufacturers, it has been decided that taxpayers having annual aggregate turnover up to Rs 1.5 crores shall not be required to pay GST at the time of receipt of advances on account of supply of goods. The GST on such supplies will be payable only when the supply of goods is made.

8. In order to remove the hardship being faced by small unregistered businesses, the services provided by a Goods Transport Agencies (GTA) to an unregistered person will be exempted from GST.

Other Facilitation Measures

9. After assessing the readiness of the trade, industry and Government departments, it has been decided that registration and operationalisation of TDS/TCS provisions will be postponed till March 31, 2018.

10. In order to give trade and industry more time to accustom itself with the GST regime, the e-way bill system will be introduced in a staggered manner with effect from January 01, 2018 and then will be rolled out nationwide with effect from April 01, 2018.

11. The last date for filing the return in FORM GSTR-4 by a taxpayer under composition scheme for the quarter July-September, 2017 will be extended to November 15, 2017. Also, the last date for filing the return in FORM GSTR-6 by an input service distributor for the months of July, August and September, 2017 will be extended to November 15, 2017.

12. Invoice Rules are being modified to provide relief to certain classes of registered persons.

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Source: Indian Express