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GST: CBIC issues Advisory on Implementation of PMT-03 to Re-Credit the ITC sanctioned as Refund

GST: CBIC issues Advisory on Implementation of PMT-03 to Re-Credit the ITC sanctioned as Refund

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued the advisory on the implementation of PMT-03 to re-credit the Input Tax Credit (ITC) sanctioned as a refund.

The Board has highlighted the notification No.16/2020-Central Tax dated March 23, 2020, vide which sub-Rule (4A) has been inserted in Rule 86 of the CGST Rules, 2017 and Para 4 of the Circular No 135/05/2020 dated March 31, 2020, wherein the procedure for refund of tax paid on supplies, other than zero-rated supplies were provided.

As per sub-rule 4A of Rule 86 of the CGST Rules, 2017 read with Para 4 of the Circular dated March 31, 2020, a taxpayer is entitled to refund of tax wrongly paid or paid in excess (other than zero-rated supplies), in the same mode by which the tax liability was discharged, i.e., if the tax was paid by partly debiting the credit ledger and partly debiting the cash ledger, the refund shall be sanctioned in the same proportion. The cash part has to be sanctioned and credited to the bank account of the taxpayer by the issuance of RFD-05 and the credit part should be re-credited to the electronic credit ledger of the taxpayer through PMT-03.

“The PMT-03 functionality available at present in the online refund module is only for re-crediting of the rejected amount that has been debited at the time of filing of refunds. In order to enable the operationalization of re-crediting of ITC sanctioned as refund towards tax wrongly paid or paid in excess by debiting the credit ledger, a new enhanced PMT-03 functionality has been developed and deployed in the system,” the CBIC said.

This new functionality is applicable only to the 4 types of refund as provided in the referred circular namely refund of excess payment of tax; refund of tax paid on an intra-State supply which is subsequently held to be inter-State supply and vice versa; refund on account of assessment/provisional assessment/appeal/any other order, and refund on account of “any other” ground or reason.

Source: TaxScan. 

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GST officers to soon have real-time data on vehicles moving without e-way

GST officers to soon have real-time data on vehicles moving without e-way

The government is working on a system to soon provide report to GST officers on a real-time basis for those vehicles which are moving without e-way bills, to help intercept stuck trucks at toll plazas and check GST evasion.

The tax officers would also be provided analysis reports on identifying e-way bill EWB with no movement of goods as it would help officials identifying cases of circular trading. It would also provide reports on recycling of e-way bills for tax evasion prone commodities to help officers in identifying tax evaders.

Under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, e-way bills have been made mandatory for inter-state transportation of goods valued over Rs 50,000 from April 2018. However, gold is exempted.

In the electronic way (e-way) bill system, businesses and transporters have to produce before a GST inspector the e-way bill, if asked.

The government is now working on a ‘Real-time and Analysis Reports on RFID’ for GST officers to help them nab tax evaders who are misusing the e-way bill system.

In a report on ‘E-way Bill – A journey of three years’, the government said 180 crore e-way bills have been generated in three years till March 2021. Of this, only 7 crore bills were verified by tax officers.

In the 2020-21 fiscal, ended March, 2021, 61.68 crore e-way bills were generated, of which 2.27 crore was picked up for verification.

In 2019-20 fiscal, ended March 2020, 62.88 crore e-way bills were generated, of which 3.01 crore were picked up for verification by tax officers.

The top five states, which generated maximum number of e-way bill for inter-state movement of goods were generated are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The top five sectors where maximum e-way bills were generated in the past three years are textiles, electrical machinery, machinery and mechanical appliances, iron and steel, and automobiles.

With effect from Janaury 1, 2021, the government has integrated RFID/FasTag with the e-way bill system and a transporter is required to have a RFID tag in his vehicle and details of the eway bill generated for goods being carried by the vehicle is uploaded into the RFID.

When the vehicle passes the RFID Tag reader on the highway, the details fed into the device gets uploaded on the government portal. The information is later used by the revenue officials to validate the supplies made by a GST-registered person.

To improve tax compliance, the government has also started blocking of EWB Bill generation if a GST registered taxpayer has not filed GSTR- 3B return for the last two successive months.

Also, the government has blocked the generation of multiple EWBs on one invoice. If the EWB is once generated using an invoice number or document number, then none of the other parties can generate another EWB using the same invoice number.

Besides, the e-way bills system has enabled auto calculation of distance based on PIN codes. The system will auto calculate the distance between the source and destination, based on PIN codes.

For the future, the government will also provide a real-time report on vehicle movement for selected e-way bill to helps officers in knowing the trail of movement by the vehicle.

Also, real-time report on vehicles moving without e-Way bills for a selected toll plaza would be made available to officers to help them intercept only those vehicles which are not having e-waybills

Also analysis reports on identifying EWB with no movement of goods would be given to assist officers in identifying cases of bill trading and circular trading. Analysis reports on recycling of EWB for tax evasion prone commodities would help in identifying tax evading taxpayers.

Associates Senior Partner Rajat Mohan said, “With enhancements in GSTN & NIC systems, the efficacy of point-to-point tracking is getting water-tight. At this pace, taxpayers will soon witness real-time monitoring of goods.

Transportation sector may have real-time tracking technologies in place in the next 3- 5 years, whereby tax leakage will practically become impossible.”

Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said the three-year report on e-way bill highlights the future features to be introduced in the NIC portal which will further help authorities and businesses in easy tracking of move of goods.

Source: Business-Standard. 

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GST: Relaxation to assessee whose GSTIN has been cancelled during Mar 15, 2020, to Mar 14, 2021

GST: Relaxation to assessee whose GSTIN has been cancelled during Mar 15, 2020, to Mar 14, 2021

The Commercial Tax Department Chennai issued the instructions to all the territorial joint commissioners in respect of the exclusion of the period from March 15, 2020, to March 14, 2021, from the limitation period.

The Department has highlighted the Supreme Court’s observation, in view of the Global Pandemic Situation across the Country, took Suo Motu cognizance of the situation arising out of the difficulties faced by the litigants in filing petitions/applications/suits/appeals/all other proceedings within the period of limitation prescribed under the general law of limitation or any under special law and finally by way of an order dated March 8, 2021, has issued various directions.

In computing any period of Limitation, for any suit, appeal, application or proceedings, the period from March 15, 2020 till March 14, 2021 shall stand excluded. Consequently, the balance period of Limitation remaining as on March 15, 2020, if any shall become available with effect from March 15, 2021.

In cases where limitation would have expired during the period between March 15, 2020 till March 14, 2021, notwithstanding the actual period of limitation remaining, all persons shall have a limitation period of 90 days from 15-03-2021. In the event, the actual balance period of limitation remaining, with effect from 15 03-2021, is greater than 90 days, that longer period shall apply.

Under Article 142 of the Indian Constitution, the above Supreme Court order shall be applicable for the Taxpayers under GST Act, 2017 also and therefore, a proper officer defined under this Act is bound to act in accordance with the directions issued in the above Supreme Court order.

“The affected taxpayers, whose registration have been cancelled for non filing of returns during the period from March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021, when approached the proper officer for Revocation of Cancellation of Registration after the prescribed period of 30 days, the said application was rejected by the proper officer on the ground that the limitation period prescribed by the Act had already expired,” the department said.

Hence, all the taxpayers whose applications have been rejected by the proper officer for the above said reasons approached the DC, GST Appeals and obtained order of Revocation of cancellation.

The Proper officer, being a quasi-judicial authority and Deputy Commissioner, GST Appeals, Joint Commissioner, GST Appeals being judicial authorities are also bound by the order of the Supreme Court and hence, for the purpose of revoking the cancellation of Registration issued under GST Act, 2017, various instructions are issued.

Source: TaxScan. 

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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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