39th GST Council Meeting – Recommendations of GST council related to changes in GST rates on supply of goods and services

39 GST Council met under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman here today . The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Thakur besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and seniors officers of the Ministry of Finance.
GST Council took following decisions relating to changes in GST rates on supply of goods and services.
1. The recommendation of the Fitment Committee for calibrating the GST rate structure to correct the inverted duty structure on various items like Mobile phones, Footwear, Textiles and Fertilizers was placed before the GST Council for discussion. The Council had a detailed discussion on the matter. Upon discussion the Council made the following recommendations:-
i. To raise the GST rate on Mobile Phones and specified parts presently attracting 12% to 18%.
ii. To deliberate the issue of calibrating the rate in other items for removing inversion in future meetings with further consultation and examination of issue.
2. GST rate on all types of matches (Handmade and other than Handmade) has been rationalised to 12% (from 5% on Handmade matches and 18% on other matches). This would address the classification issues. This issue was deliberated earlier in the 37 meeting and was pending for decision.
3 To reduce GST rate on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services in respect of
aircraft from 18% to 5% with full ITC and to change the place of supply for B2B MRO services to the location of recipient. This change is likely to assist in setting up of MRO services in India.
Domestic MRO will also get protection due to 5% tax paid under section 3(7) of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 on most imported goods (sent abroad for repairs) as this tax is not available as credit.
Note: It is proposed to issue notifications giving effect to these recommendations of the Council on 01 April, 2020.
01 April, 2020.

GST Tip – 344

Before serving of the notice in FORM GST DRC-01 by the tax officer, the taxpayer can pay the taxpayer can pay interest @ 18% as per section 50 of the CGST Act and also a penalty of 15% as per Subsection 5 of section 74 and submit the same to the concerned officer in FORM GST DRC-03.

On Clarification regarding availability of Transitional Credit for GST

As per the rules, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the month of July 2017 has to be paid by 20th August, 2017. Only after the payment of full GST, return in summary Form 3B can be filed.

Concerns have been raised about the form for claiming transitional input tax credit not being available on the GSTN website. This form will be available on the GSTN website from 21st August, 2017. In view of this, a small window of opportunity is being given to all the taxpayers. For those taxpayers who do not want to claim any transitional input tax credit have to necessarily pay the tax and file return in Form 3Bbefore the due date of 20th August, 2017. The taxpayers who want to avail the transitional input tax credit should also calculate their tax liability after estimating the amount of transitional credit as per Form TRANS I. They have to make full settlement of the liability after adjusting the transitional input tax credit before 20th August, 2017. However, in such cases, they will get time upto 28th August, 2017 to submit Form TRANS I and Form 3B. In case of shortfall in the amount already paid vis-à-vis the amount payable on submission of Form 3B, the same will have to be paid with interest @ 18% for the period between 21stAugust,2017 till the payment of such differential amount.

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DSM/SBS/AK

GST Tip – 261

Notification No. 13/2017 – Central Tax, states the rate of interest to be paid or received by the taxpayers under CGST. The interest rate in case of delayed payment is 28%, reversal of input tax credit in case of a mismatch, ITC availed before supplier uploads the invoice the interest rate is 24%, in case of delayed refund the interest rate is 6% and in case of refund under adjudication process it is 9%.

GST Tip – 230

As per the Tax Invoice, Credit and Debit Note Rules, released for GST on 18th May 2017, as per Rule 5 at the time of creation of receipt voucher, if the tax rate is not determinable, then the tax rate to be considered is 18%.