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GST Audit is not an avoidable Compliance, Chartered Accountant ensures checks and balances: ICAI President

GST Audit is not an avoidable Compliance, Chartered Accountant ensures checks and balances: ICAI President

GST Audit is not an avoidable compliance. GST Audit by a Chartered Accountant ensures maker checker concept thereby detecting inconsistencies, lapses, errors and ambiguities, if any, in complying with the provisions of GST law, said the ICAI President CA. Nihar N. Jambusaria.

The ICAI President said that, he met key Government functionaries to discuss matters related to contribution of accounting profession and its increasing role in economy. Our meeting with Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister was held to discuss our representation regarding the removal of requirement of audit and certification of reconciliation statement by a Chartered Accountant under CGST Act. We, besides other points, apprised that GST Audit is not an avoidable compliance. GST Audit by a Chartered Accountant ensures maker checker concept thereby detecting inconsistencies, lapses, errors and ambiguities, if any, in complying with the provisions of GST law.

The ICAI also submitted that Audit should not be seen as a cost to the taxpayer, rather it is an investment for him, the benefits of which are reaped over a period of time. The taxpayer is able to take corrective actions for irregularities/lapses detected during the audit thereby saving avoidable costs in terms of interest and penalties.

Further, audit also helps the taxpayers in saving on litigation expenses as errors are noticed and addressed in time. In this meeting, CA. Rajendra Kumar P., Chairman, GST and Indirect Taxes Committee also joined us. In this direction, CA. Babu Abraham Kallivayalil, Chairman, Professional Development Committee also met Finance Minister and Members in Parliament CA. Thomas Chazhikadan, CA. Suresh Prabhu, CA. Narain Dass Gupta.

He also added that, These meetings provided us the opportunity to discuss our professional matters with the dignitaries and reinstate our position as a partner in nation building. Two virtual meetings with the Secretary MCA and Jt. Secretary MCA were also held to apprise them about the networking guidelines and the proposed amendments in Industrial Training framework.

Source: TaxScan.


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GST: CBIC issues Clarification on reporting 4-digit/6-digit HSNs

GST: CBIC issues Clarification on reporting 4-digit/6-digit HSNs

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs ( CBIC ) has issued Clarification on reporting 4-digit/6-digit HSNs.

GST helpdesk is in receipt of some tickets at helpdesk wherein it was reported that certain 6-digit HSN codes are not available in HSN Master/ not accepted on e-invoice/e-Way bill portals.

Background: Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax dated June 28, 2017, as amended vide Notification No. 78/2020 – Central Tax, dated October 15, 2020, mandates taxpayers to declare specified digits, as follows, of Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN) / Service Accounting Code (SAC) Code on raising of tax invoices, w.e.f. April 1, 2021.

S. No. Aggregate Turnover in the preceding Financial Year
1. Upto INR 5 crores
2. More than INR 5 crores

Number of Digitals of HSN Code
4
6

It may be noted that specific 6-digit HSNs, as available in the HSN/Customs Tariff (with corresponding description of goods) are allowed in the system. It also follows that the declaration of HSN at 4/6 Digits has to be out of valid HSN codes only.

However, there are instances that some taxpayers are trying to report truncated first 6-digits out of an otherwise valid 8-digit HSN; which are actually not available in Tariff at 6-digit level and with no corresponding description of goods; these are invalid and hence not being allowed in the System.

Taxpayers may, therefore note that based on the harmonious interpretation of the Notifications, as referred above, read with Customs Tariff Act, 1975, as made applicable to GST; the number of digits of HSN, as specified vide Notifications No. 12/2017 & 78/2020 (Central Tax), are the minimum number of digits of HSN to be mentioned on the invoice.

Example: Where HSN 6 digits are specified to be reported in invoice, valid HSN codes as available in tariff, at both 6-digits and 8-digits can be mentioned. Similarly, where HSN at 4-digits are specified, valid HSN codes as available in tariff, at 4-digit, 6-digit and 8-digit can be mentioned. However, the 4/6 Digit HSN Codes, which are not available in the tariff; along with specific description, Unit and GST Rate; are not allowed to be mentioned.

Further, if the HSN of any Goods/Service is otherwise valid but not accepted on GST Portal / e-invoice Portal / e-way Bill portal, please raise a ticket on GST Self-Service Portal: https://selfservice.gstsystem.in/ > Report Issue > Type ‘HSN’ in ‘Type of Issue/Concern’ search box > Select relevant sub-category, e.g. ‘e-Invoice – IRP – HSN Code related’.

Source: TaxScan 

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Few more days to file your GST Annual Return Form GSTR-4: Know Complete details

Few more days to file your GST Annual Return Form GSTR-4: Know Complete details

The last date of Annual Return Form GSTR-4 is April 30, 2021, so file your annual return without a late fee.

The GSTR-4 is a GST Return that has to be filed by a composition dealer. Unlike a normal taxpayer who needs to furnish 3 monthly returns, a dealer opting for the composition scheme is required to furnish only 1 return which is GSTR 4 once in a year by the 30th of April, following a financial year.

Salient Features of GSTR 4 Return Form

Firstly, GSTR 4 Returns will file on an annual basis for compounding Taxable persons. The last date for filing the GSTR- 4 (CMP-08) payment form is the 18th of the month following the quarter. GSTR 4 (CMP-08) returns can be filed on 18th April, 18th July, 18th October, and 18th January, and so forth.
Secondly, GSTR 4 Form is filed by all the taxpayers who registered under the composition scheme.
Thirdly, business entities registered under the composition scheme will be required to pay taxes at fixed rates quarterly without availing input tax credit facility.
Fourthly, the taxpayer will be required to show the total value of supplies made in a specific period and tax paid at the composition rate.
Fifthly, the taxpayer will be required to insert invoice- level purchase details for the purchases from normal taxpayers, which will be automatically updated GSTR 4A Form from supply invoice uploaded by the opposite party in GSTR 1.

Procedure for filing GSTR 4 Return Form

GSTR 4 return form is divided into 13 sections but it is not necessary to fill all these sections.
1.GSTIN
Every Taxpayer gets a state-wise PAN-based 15 digit Goods and Services Taxpayer Identification Number (GSTIN) from the Government. It must be noted that the identification of the taxpayer will be automatically filled at the time of filing return in the coming future.

2. Legal Name of the Registered Person and Trade name
The taxpayer name will automatically fill time of filing the returns at GSTN portal

3. Annual Turnover in the preceding Financial Year
A taxpayer will be required to fill all the information only for the first time of filing and after then it will be automatically updated in the succeeding years.

4. Inward supplies including supplies on which tax is to be paid on reverse charge
Inward supplies received from a registered supplier (other than supplies attracting reverse charge), the information will be auto-populated from the provided by the supplier in GSTR-1 and GSTR-5. Inward supplies received from a registered supplier (attracting reverse charge- this information will be automatically filled from the information provided by the supplier in GSTR-1, inward supplies received from an unregistered supplier, and Import of service. It must be noted that all inward supplies to composition will auto-filled here.

5. Amendments to details of inward supplies furnished in returns for earlier tax periods in Table 4
It will include amendment information mentioned in earlier tax periods and also original amendments of debit or credit note received, rate-wise. Place of supply to be mentioned in case if the same is different from the location of the recipient. While providing the information of the original debit /credit note, the details of the invoice must be provided in starting three columns, whereas, providing the revision of the details of the original debit /credit note shall be provided in the first three columns of Table.

6. Tax on outward supplies made
Under this section, you will provide the details of a tax rate, total turnover, out of turnover reported, and the composition tax amount including both central tax & State/UT tax.

7. Amendments to Outward Supply details furnished in returns for earlier tax periods in Table No. 6
Under this section, you will be able to rectify the incorrect details you provided in Table 6 in previous returns, without turnover reported details additionally added.

8. Consolidated Statement of Advances paid/Advance adjusted on account of receipt of supply
Under this, details of the advance paid relating to reverse charge supplies and if you paid taxes on them, adjustments against invoices issued to be mentioned in Table 8.

9. TDS Credit received
The Tax Deduct at Source will be auto-filled in Table 9.

10. Tax payable and paid
Under this section, you will be to provide the details of Integrated Tax, Central Tax, State/UT Tax, and cess tax amount payable as well tax amount paid

11. Interest, Late Fee payable and paid
This section for those taxpayers who have not paid the taxes timely.

12. Refund claimed from Electronic cash ledger
If in case the tax liability of the composition dealer is below than the TDS deducted, he can get a refund of balancing amount. The amount which is available for the refund will auto-filled under this section.

What happens after Form GSTR-4 (Annual Return) is filed?
After Form GSTR-4 (Annual Return) is filed:
1. ARN will be generated on successful filing of the Form.
2. An SMS and email will be sent to the mobile number of the authorized signatory on the successful filing of Form GSTR-4 (Annual Return).
3. Electronic Cash Ledger and Electronic Liability Register Part-I will get updated.

Late Fees and Penalty
A late fee of Rs. 200 per day is levied if the GSTR-4 is not filed within the due date. The maximum late fee that can be charged cannot exceed Rs. 5,000.

Source: TaxScan.

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Know 12 New Functionalities made available for Taxpayers on GST Portal

Know 12 New Functionalities made available for Taxpayers on GST Portal

The Goods and Service Tax Networks (GSTN) has made available new functionalities pertaining to registration, returns, audit, front office, and Webinars Conducted for Taxpayers on GST Portal.
1. Assignment of new applications of registration, in certain cases, with same PAN and in same State/ UT
New registration applications of the applicants, whose previous application for registration were either rejected by Tax Officer or whose GSTIN was cancelled (either suo-moto or if surrendered by the taxpayer), will now be assigned to the respective authority of the State or Centre (who have earlier rejected the same), whenever these applicants/ taxpayers apply for registration under the same PAN and within the same State/ UT.
• Aadhaar Authentication enabled for Persons/ applicants applying for GST registration through MCA portal in SPICe -AGILE Form
The persons/ applicants applying for new registration in GST, through MCA portal in SPICe -AGILE Form, can now opt for Aadhaar Authentication (while applying for registration).
• Disabling entering Aadhaar number by Taxpayers/Applicants in registration application
The field for entering Aadhaar number has been disabled for Taxpayers in two scenarios.
Firstly, while adding Authorised Signatory/Authorised Representative through Non-Core amendment of registration.
Secondly, while adding Promoter/ Partner through Core amendment of registration.
The Applicants/ taxpayers adding details of Authorised Representatives in the New Registration application.
• Selection of Core Business Activity by existing Taxpayers on the GST Portal
The existing taxpayers have been provided with a functionality on the GST portal to select their core business activity. They can select one of the categories as their core business activity, based on their turnover namely Manufacturer, Wholesaler/Distributors/ Retailers, and Service Providers and others
• Reset button enabled on GST Portal for Form GSTR1/ IFF
Normal taxpayers, irrespective of their filing profile (of quarterly or monthly), have now been provided with a RESET button on the GST Portal, in Form GSTR-1/IFF. This will enable them to delete the entire saved data, for the specific return period, but not yet submitted or filed their Form GSTR-1 or Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF).
• Reporting and paying interest & other amounts, in Form GSTR-5A by OIDAR registrants
A person registered as OIDAR can now declare interest and any other liabilities in Table 6 i.e. Interest or any other amount of their Form GSTR 5A and discharge it through Electronic Cash Ledger.
• Download of Table 5 data, after filing, enabled for Form GST ITC-04
The registered manufacturers who are required to file quarterly Form GST ITC-04 (to furnish details of inputs or capital goods, sent to a job worker without payment of tax), can now download the data of Table 5 of Form GST ITC-04 (on the GST Portal), after filing the Form, when there is change in the state code, due to merger or creation of a State/ UT. This is to download data, when there is change in State/ UT code, before the goods are received back.
• Filing of refund application in Form GST RFD-01, by exporter of services, in cases of Foreign exchange fluctuations
The system earlier validated the refund amount claimed by the exporter of services (with payment of tax), against the proceeds realised (against exports, as submitted by the claimant in form of FIRC). If the value realised mentioned in BRC/FIRC column, was less than the refund amount claimed, then such taxpayers were not allowed to file their refund application on GST Portal. This validation has now been removed and taxpayers will be able to file refund applications now in such cases (As the value realised in BRC/FIRC may fluctuate due to foreign exchange fluctuations and net realisation may be less than the refund amount).
• Audit related functionalities made available to taxpayers
All notices and reports issued by tax officials will be available to taxpayers under ‘Additional Notices and Orders’. Taxpayers can reply to the audit notices and can upload documents. Taxpayers can accept/reject/pay the liabilities, discrepancy-wise, as outlined in the Notice for Discrepancies or in Addl. Notice for Discrepancies (if any) or in Audit Report (Form GST ADT-02). Taxpayers can apply for Adjournment or for extension of the date of Audit to the tax officer.
1. Status of Aadhaar authentication or E- KYC verification of a GSTIN in search taxpayer functionality
In the Search Taxpayer functionality (both pre-login and post login), the user will now be shown status of Aadhaar authentication or E-KYC verification of the searched GSTIN.
1. Change in label and functionality of HSN / Service Classification Code Tax Rate search
The label for “Search HSN / Service Classification Code Tax Rate” has now been changed to “Search HSN Code”. The functionality also has been enhanced wherein if the user searches for an item or a HSN code, the output is displayed systematically under the associated Chapter head, the description of the keyed- in HSN code and also other associated HSN codes (all hyperlinked) along with it. (Services> User Services > Search HSN Code).
1. Webinar
The Webinar on e-Invoicing for Taxpayers especially for those who are going to start e-invoicing from March 1, 2021 onwards.

Source: TaxScan. 

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Government allows further operational flexibility to GST filers

Government allows further operational flexibility to GST filers

The government has allowed further flexibility to tax filers operating under the Quarterly Return Filing and Monthly Payment of Taxes (QRMP) scheme of GST.

These tax filers will now be permitted to declare invoices pertaining to movement of goods and services in their quarterly return form GSTR 1 to be filed in the last month of each quarter.

As per an advisory issued by the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), the taxpayer must ensure that any saved but not Filed/Submitted IFF (Invoice Furnishing Facility) records for the first two months of the quarter i.e. month of Jan-2021 or Feb-2021 must be deleted using RESET button before filing GSTR-1 for Jan-Mar-2021 quarter.

The advisory added that the deleted records should be added in GSTR-1 for Jan-Mar-2021 quarter after deleting the saved records from IFF. In future this may not be required as invoices already saved in any of the months on the quarter may be either deleted/moved to quarterly GSTR-1 by a functionality to be introduced shortly.

The advisory also said that any submitted but not filed IFF for the month of Jan-2021 or Feb-2021 must be filed before filing GSTR-1 for Jan-Mar-2021 quarter.

The advisory has been issued for filing quarterly GSTR-1 for January – March 2021 under QRMP scheme.

The taxpayers under QRMP scheme have a facility to file Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) in first two months of the quarter and file Form GSTR-1 in third month of the quarter. As IFF is an optional facility it cannot be filed after the end date (13th of the month succeeding the IFF period).

The document saved in IFF, where taxpayer has not filed by the end date, cannot be filed anymore. Hence taxpayers have a been asked to declare such document in the GSTR-1 for the quarter.

Source: Business-Standard.

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India’s GST e-invoicing system registered nearly 40 cr invoices in first 6 month

India’s GST e-invoicing system registered nearly 40 cr invoices in first 6 month

The Indian government’s GST e-invoice system has registered over 39.81 crore e-invoices over its first six months, the government announced today. Over 37.42 lakh of these e-invoices were generated on March 31 alone, which is the highest for a single day in the last six months. Over 47 lakh recipients were involved in these transactions.

The Indian government’s e-invoice system was launched in October last year and required taxpayers whose annual aggregate turnover came in at over Rs. 500 crore to use the system. The government added businesses with turnovers over Rs. 100 crore to this on January 1, 2021. Businesses with turnover of over Rs. 50 crore will also be required to use the e-invoicing system from April 1 onwards, and it’s expected to be extended to all businesses in India eventually.

The e-invoicing system is meant to add transparency to companies’ sales reporting processes and reduce errors. A digital system is also expected to make it much more difficult for companies to file fake invoices. On the other hand, experts have said that the system may pose troubles for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which don’t always have big technology investments. According to the revised definition of MSMEs, announced last year, the vast majority of small businesses in India fall under this ,

The government’s system requires companies to raise invoices through their own enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and submit them to the government’s Invoice Registration Portal (IRP). The government said the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has taken “pro-active measures” to educate taxpayers about common errors in reporting their invoice. It also sends daily emails with details of these errors and telephone calls to taxpayers who are making the most errors. An invoice reference number (IRN) with a QR code will also be made available to those who submit their GST invoices.

Source: Live.Mint 

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GST collections hit record high of Rs 1.24 lakh crore in March

GST collections hit record high of Rs 1.24 lakh crore in March

GST collections rose 27% to hit a record high of nearly Rs 1.24 lakh crore in March, helping to narrow the deficit for the full financial year to around 7%.

The mop-up — based on sales in February 2021, for which returns were filed in March — was boosted by imports with revenue from imported goods jumping 70%, while those from domestic transactions, including services imports, were 17% higher than the corresponding period in 2020.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic was first seen in February 2020 when the lockdown in Wuhan resulted in a disruption of shipments coming from China, where the deadly virus was first spotted.

“GST revenues crossed above Rs 1 lakh crore mark at a stretch for the last six months and a steep increasing trend over this period are clear indicators of rapid economic recovery post pandemic. Closer monitoring against fake billing, deep data analytics using data from multiple sources including GST, income-tax and customs IT systems and effective tax administration have also contributed to the steady increase in tax revenue over last few months,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

Although the base effect will come into play in the coming months, there has been a sustained recovery with collections rising 14% during the March quarter compared to 8% during October-December 2020. During the first half of 2020-21, GST collections had declined following the lockdown.

“It (collection growth) clearly shows a sustained economic recovery and also is a result of GST audit closures and the government tightening compliance and anti-evasion measures,” said Pratik Jain, who leads the indirect tax practice at consulting firm PwC.

What is providing even more comfort to experts is the growth in collections across all the states. “In addition to the trend of higher overall GST collections over the past six months, all major states have shown a significant increase compared to the previous year. Further the increase in collections on imports accompanied by the increase in domestic transactions would indicate that the overall production/consumption cycle is back to normal,” said MS Mani, senior director at Deloitte India.

Source: Times-Of-India. 

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GST e-invoicing welcome step for midsize firms but might be a challenge for micro, small units: FISME

GST e-invoicing welcome step for midsize firms but might be a challenge for micro, small units: FISME

Mandating businesses with over Rs 50 crore turnover (midsize firms) to generate e-invoices is a welcome move but it might be a problem for micro, and small businesses who don’t invest much in technology and lack digital literacy, according to Animesh Saxena, President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME). E-invoicing was earlier made mandatory under Goods and Services Tax (GST) law for business-to-business (B2B) transactions by businesses with a turnover of more than Rs 500 crore from October 1, 2020, and over Rs 100 crore from January 1, 2021. Earlier this month, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had notified the same for businesses with more than Rs 50 crore turnover. As per the MSME definition revised last year, enterprises with turnover ranging from Rs 51 crore to Rs 250 crore are classified as medium units.

“Some level of preparedness will be required but we assume companies with over Rs 50 crore turnover to be digitally literate in managing their accounts. If the government extends the e-invoicing mandate in the future to micro and small enterprises, then it might be a problem as they don’t invest much in technology and most work is outsourced. It might become an additional cost burden for them. Also, broadband connectivity could be a problem for such firms in small towns and villages,” Saxena told Financial Express Online.

Importantly, e-invoicing will allow immediate validation of the tax invoices, which is beneficial for both the taxpayer and input tax credit recipient as the errors and reconciliation requirements may get reduced significantly. However, “mid-sized businesses who do not have a well-equipped in-house IT team will have to incur CAPEX and OPEX costs for numerous activities such as modifying accounting systems to adhere to the e-invoicing, integrating their accounting systems with the IRP portal (either through APIs or third-party softwares), and undergoing detailed training for the staff to get accustomed to the e-invoicing norms and accounting infrastructure,” Saket Patawari, Executive Director – Indirect Tax, Senior Director – told Financial Express Online.

Out of 6.33 crore MSMEs, over 99 per cent are micro and small businesses in India, according to the MSME Ministry’s FY20 annual report. Medium enterprises are only 5,000 while small businesses are 3.31 lakh and micro enterprises are 6.30 crore in India. “There won’t be any impact on medium enterprises as their sphere is very less while micro and small are in majority. Micro and small owners do everything on their own in a small set-up and it might an additional responsibility for them if implemented ahead by the government. However, in contrast, this would also bring more transparency and make them more formal to benefit from government schemes. I think gradually the government will extend this to micro and small enterprises as well,” Sanjiv Layek, Executive Secretary, World Association For Small And Medium Enterprises (WASME) told Financial Express Online.

The e-invoicing system is also likely to help enterprises access instant loans as banks would be able to analyse requests based on the invoices even as the compliance requirement would be reduced as the GST system would populate the returns based on details available in the e-invoice, Financial Express had reported earlier citing officials working on the system. Moreover, as per another official, e-invoicing would help to generate invoice in a standard format, which can be read by any system, and reporting of e-invoice to a central system becomes possible.

Source: Financial Express Online.

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Small firms face a daunting task as e-invoicing kicks in from April 1

Small firms face a daunting task as e-invoicing kicks in from April 1

Come April 1 and e-invoicing will be mandatory for business-to-business (B2B) transactions for taxpayers having a turnover of over Rs 50 crore from April 1, 2021.

At present, issuing electronic invoices is mandatory for businesses with a turnover of Rs 100 crore and more.

E-invoicing replaces the physical invoice and will soon replace the existing eway bill system, and taxpayers will not have to generate separate e-way bills.

The challenges

However, small firms may find it challenging to comply with the new norms.

Small businesses in small towns may face some difficulties with technology-led business processes.
A business needs to validate mandatory invoice information before uploading it to e-invoice systems to avoid rejections, otherwise, they may have to spend more time.

Firms will need to be vigilant while generating e-invoice as there are restrictions with the cancellation of the invoice, which must be carried out within the same day of the transaction.

How does e-invoicing work?

E-invoicing replaces the physical invoice and will soon replace the existing e-way bill system, and taxpayers will not have to generate separate e-way bills.

Under e-invoicing, taxpayers have to generate invoices on their internal systems (ERP/accounting/billing software) and then report them online to the Invoice Registration Portal (IRP).

The IRP will validate the information provided in the invoices and return the digitally signed e-invoices with a unique ‘Invoice Reference Number (IRN)’ along with a QR Code to the taxpayer.

Gaming the system

Small businesses use informal sales invoices to under-report turnover, which will be curbed by the move.

E-invoicing makes it difficult to show lower retail sales as the wholesale purchases are already reported to the government. The tax authorities can seek an explanation for the mismatch in wholesale buys and the final sales. If the purchases are higher and sales are lower, the taxman can ask the business to show inventory.

Benefits

The government expects e-invoicing to bring other major advantages, such as improving the payment cycle for industry and giving a boost to invoice-based lending to MSMEs.

Last month, the board had exempted non-banking financial companies, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, and exports from

using dynamic quick response or QR codes on e-invoices issued to consumers. Exports have been exempted from the QR code requirement since such shipments are treated as business-to-business supplies. The board had notified the mandatory use of dynamic QR codes on such invoices issued by companies with an aggregate turnover of more than Rs 500 crore in March last year.

Source: Economic-Times.


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GST: Govt. issues Advisory on Opting-in for Composition Scheme for Financial year 2021-22

GST: Govt. issues Advisory on Opting-in for Composition Scheme for Financial year 2021-22

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has issued Advisory on Opting-in for Composition Scheme for Financial year 2021-22.

How to opt-in for Composition Scheme:
1. The eligible registered taxpayers, who want to opt-in for composition scheme for the FY 2021-22, need to file FORM GST CMP-02 application, on or before 31st March, 2021, post login on GST portal. The taxpayers may navigate as follows:

Log-in>Services > Registration > Application to opt for Composition Levy>Filing form GST CMP-02>File application under DSC/EVC

1. Once Form GST CMP-02 application is filed, the composition scheme will be available to the taxpayer, w.e.f. 1st April 2021.
2. The taxpayers already opted in for composition scheme earlier are not required to opt in again for FY 2021-2022.
3. Taxpayers who were regular taxpayers in previous FY, but are opting-in for composition scheme for 2021-22, must file Form GST ITC-03 for reversal of ITC on stocks of inputs, semi-finished goods and finished goods available with them, within 60 days from the effective date of opting in.

Who is eligible for opting-in for Composition Scheme:– Following Normal taxpayers, who don’t want to avail ITC facility, may opt for this scheme:

1. having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) upto Rs. 1.5 Crore in the previous FY.
2. having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) upto Rs. 75 lakh in the previous FY and who are registered in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura & Uttarakhand.
3. supplying services and/or mixed supplies having aggregate turnover of previous FY upto Rs. 50 lakhs.

Who is not eligible for opting in composition scheme:
1. Suppliers of the goods/services who are not liable to pay tax under GST
2. Inter-State outward suppliers of goods/services
3. Taxpayers supplying goods through e-commerce operators who are required to collect tax under sec 52
4. The manufacturers of notified goods like Ice cream and other edible ice, whether or not containing cocoa, tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes, Pan Masala & Aerated water

Source: TaxScan.

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