User experience is the key and keeping in this in mind, new features have been added to the GST portal constantly and some of the new Functionalities were made available for Taxpayers on GST Portal in June, 2021. They are
Moving the records saved in IFF, to later months of same Quarter, by taxpayers under QRMP Scheme
There can be cases where the QRMP Taxpayers have entered the data in the IFF but not submitted. In such cases the records which are saved and not submitted/filed can be moved from one period to another period as well as moved from various periods of the Quarter to GSTR – 1 while filing the return.
• Taxpayers can now MOVE the records saved in their IFF of first month of a quarter (if the time for filing it has expired) to IFF of second month of the quarter. • Taxpayers can also MOVE the records saved in IFF of first month & second month of the quarter (if the time for filing it has expired) to their quarterly Form GSTR-1 (of the same quarter). Please note that the records can be moved only within a quarter. • While preparing IFF/GSTR-1 (of later months of same quarter) online, in case of saved records, taxpayers will get a pop-up prompting them to either MOVE the records by selecting YES or delete them by selecting NO.
2. Auto population of GSTR-3B liability, for taxpayers under QRMP Scheme, from their IFF and GSTR 1
The tax liability in the case of QRMP taxpayer, it will be auto populated from IFF filed during the months to GSTR – 3B. This will ensure that there are not data entry errors and correct liability gets reported.
3. Filing for refund of accumulated ITC by taxpayers making exempt/ nil-rated supplies, by selecting an option of not having an LUT number in the refund application
Exports are Zero rated supplies under GST and the exporters have an option to invoice with payment of taxes or without payment of taxes. In cases where the invoice is issued without payment of taxes, the taxpayer has to file a refund application separately to claim the accumulated input tax credit in the electronic credit ledger.
To claim refund, in the Form RFD – 01, the taxpayer has to enter the Letter of Under Taking Number currently. From this month onwards the taxpayers now an option to select any one of the following
• I have a valid LUT number. • I don’t have a valid LUT number, since I am making only exempt/ nil rated supplies
The above mentioned are the new features added for the taxpayers on the GST portal to provide better user experience. Since auto population is machine driven, it is recommended to cross check the values auto populated before filing for the accuracy. In case of any differences, the values can be over written and correct values should be entered.
Due to the ongoing second wave of the Covid – 19 pandemic, there are a lot of restrictions imposed on the business and common person to curtail the spread of the virus. As a part of lockdowns or restrictions, the trade and industry cannot run the business full-fledged and causing a lot of hardships in the filing of returns or meet the compliance requirements. Keeping in view of all these, the Government has provided relaxation under GST in for wavier/part wavier of interest, late fee and extension of due date for filing of returns.
Notification No 8/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021 – Reduction & wavier of Interest for delayed payment of taxes
Interest will not be applicable for the delay in filing of returns for the first 15 days, and from 16th day to 30th day, it will be charged at 9%, and after 30 days, the interest rate will be 18%, i.e., the normal rate. The above benefit will be applicable for the following class of persons for the months of April and May 2021
Taxpayers having aggregate turnover above ₹ 5 crores during the previous financial year
Taxpayers having aggregate turnover up to ₹ 5 crores during the previous financial year and filing GSTR – 1
Taxpayers having aggregate turnover up to ₹ 5 crores during the previous financial year and filing returns under QRMP (Quarterly Returns Monthly Payment) Scheme
Taxpayers who are availing of the Composition Scheme benefit
The above notification is a retrospective notification and is effective from 18th April 2021
Notification No 9/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021 – Relaxation in Late fee
Levy of the late fee has been waived for the taxpayers who are filing GSTR – 3B
Late fee has been waived off for the first 15 days for taxpayers having aggregate turnover above ₹ 5 crores during the previous financial year
Late fee has been waived off for the first 30 days for taxpayers who are filing GSTR – 3B on a monthly basis and quarterly basis having aggregate turnover up to ₹ 5 crores during the previous financial year
The above notification is a retrospective notification and is effective from 20th April 2021
Notification No 10/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021
The due date for filing of GSTR – 4 by composition taxpayers has been extended to 31st May 2021.
The above notification is a retrospective notification and is effective from 30th April 2021
Notification No 11/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021
The due date for furnishing the declaration in FORM GST ITC-04, in respect of goods dispatched to a job worker or received from a job worker, during the period from 1st January 2021 to 31st March 2021 has been extended from 25th April 2021 to 31st May 2021.
Notification No 12/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021 – Extension in filing due date for filing of GSTR – 1
The due date for filing of GSTR – 1 for the month of April 2021 has been extended to 26th May 2021.
Notification No 13/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021 – Relaxation in matching
Relaxation in matching for the availing input tax credit for April 2021 has been provided, and the taxpayers have to do matching for the months of April and May together while filing GSTR – 3B for the month of May 2021.
Taxpayers who are filing returns under QRMP Scheme can file IFF (invoice furnishing facility) by 28th May 2021.
Notification No 14/2021 – Central Tax Dated 1st May 2021 – Relaxation in compliance proceedings due date
The time limits for the completion of compliance or any action by the tax authorities or any person which are falling between 15th April 2021 to 30th May 2021 has been extended in the following cases
a) completion of any proceeding or passing of any order or issuance of any notice, intimation, notification, sanction or approval or such other action, by whatever name called; or
b) filing any appeal, reply, or application or furnishing any report, document, return, statement, or other records, by whatever name is called.
The above extension is not applicable in the following cases
Related to Time of Supply
If the turnover of the composition taxpayer has crossed the threshold during this period
Section 25 – registration procedure
Section 27 – procedure-related to casual taxable person and the non-resident taxable person
Section 31 – Tax Invoice
Section 37 – provisions related to the filing of returns for outward supplies
Section 47 – provisions related to levy of late fee
Section 50 – provisions related to ley of interest
Section 69 – provisions related to power to arrest errant taxpayers
Section 90 – provisions related to Liability of partners of firm to pay tax
Section 122 – provisions related to penalties for certain offenses
Section 129 – provisions related to detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyance under transit
Section 39 – except for provisions related to sub-section (3), (4) and (5) related to TDS deductors, ISD and not resident taxpayers
Section 68 – provisions related to e-waybill
Provided that where, any time limit for completion of any action, by any authority or by any person, specified in, or prescribed or notified under rule 9 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, falls during the period from the 1st day of May 2021 to the 31st day of May 2021, and where completion of such action has not been made within such time, then, the time limit for completion of such action, shall be extended up to the 15th day of June 2021;
We are in the world of New Normal due to the ongoing pandemic globally. Pandemic has resulted in disruptions and business strategy changes based on consumer preferences and budget allocations. The organizations have started the new financial years on 1st April 2020 in the lockdown period. None of the organizations have prepared or able to scale to the dynamic & ever-changing business environment. Time Never Stops, and History Repeats are the two common phrases we hear in our discussions in business circles. Come whatever may happen, organizations have to close their books of accounts for 31st March year. Closure of books in time and properly helps the organization mitigate the risks and take timely actions for the coming year to improve the top line and bottom line. What is required for increasing the top line and bottom line is a strategy on how to achieve it, and compliance is one of the strategies meant to achieve the same. As we all know, GST is a Business Reform, not tax reform; changing few business processes in the organization here and there can ensure productivity while safeguarding the organization from hefty penalties and late fees. Following a structured process will ensure to minimize the same and at the same time be in good books of the tax authority and the suppliers. Professionals and taxpayers are required to complete the following before filing the GSTR – 1 and GSTR – 3B for March 2021 by 11th of April 2021 and 20th of April 2021 ( for few taxpayers, it will be 22nd of April or 24th of April if their turnover is less than ₹ 5 cores based on the state they are located).
Reconciliation of Outward Supplies
Reconciliation of Inward Supplies
Reconciliation of Related Party Transactions
Issue of Pending Debit/Credit Notes
Reversal of ITC arising out of pandemic
Reconciliation of Outward Supplies
A series of reconciliations have to be done while filing the returns for March 2021 if the reconciliations have not been done while filing monthly and quarterly returns.
Verify the following for the correctness of the data in return filing
Taxable Supplies, Exempted Supplies are reported correctly
Non-GST supplies are reported correctly
Supplies to deemed exporters are reported correctly at lower tax rates
Supplies to notified agencies at a lower rate are reported correctly
All outward supplies transactions are reported correctly in the Sales Register
Ensure that e-invoices are issued wherever required if applicable
Ensure and validate that the GSTINs of the customers are entered correctly and reported
Ensure and validate that no GST is charged for transactions within the state having the same GSTINs
Ensure that all the debit and credit notes are issued as per the provisions of GST
Ensure and verify that all the liability entries are passed in the books of accounts
Complete the following reconciliations before the filing of the March GST Returns
Reconcile between the GSTR – 1 data and the Sales Register
Reconcile between GSTR – 1 and GSTR – 3B
Reconcile between GSTR -3B and Sales Register
Reconcile the data for the HSN summary being reported in monthly GSTR – 1
Reconcile e-waybill data with GSTR – 1 data, and if there are any differences, it is worth making a reconciliation statement and preserve it for future references.
Reconcile the e-invoices reported in the GSTR – 1 with the e-invoices generated
Reconcile between the Liability Ledgers on GST portal with the
The beginning of the year started with lockdown, and it has resulted in a lot of delays and cancellations of orders. Wherever there is a commercial element missing and open, try to close all such cases by the issue of debit and credit notes. Credit Notes have to be issued before the due date of filing of GSTR returns for the month of September or filing of Annual Return, whichever is earlier.
Section 37 (3), First Proviso
Provided that no rectification of error or omission in respect of the details furnished under sub-section (1) shall be allowed after furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of the financial year to which such details pertain, or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier.
If any excess tax is paid for the said period through GSTR – 3B, then the same should be reduced from the GST liability in March 2021, reducing the cash outflows. Also, please maintain a reconciliation statement for the same for future reference.
2.Reconciliation of Inward Supplies
One of the major features and business-friendly measures in GST is the availability of seamless input tax credit. Though it is a piece of soothing music to the business’s ears, it comes with a set of stringent measures like if input tax credit has been availed wrongly or excess amounts or claiming it if the supplier has not filed returns. Given all these, availing of the input tax credit process and claiming correctly becomes crucial for the business.
One of GST rollout’s major benefits for the trade and industry is the availability of input tax credit seamlessly across the supply chain cycle. Though input tax credit is available, certain restrictions are available, and they are given in Section 16, Section 17(5), and in the corresponding rules.
Section 16(4) A registered person shall not be entitled to take input tax credit in respect of any invoice or debit note for supply of goods or services or both after the due date of furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of financial year to which such invoice or invoice relating to such debit note pertains or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier.
Before doing the reconciliation, ensure to complete the following tasks
Update the purchase register for the entire year and ensure all the transactions are updated in it.
Verify that e-invoices are received from all the suppliers to whom it is applicable; else, it will not be considered a tax invoice and not eligible to claim the input tax credit.
Verify and ensure that all the original copies of the tax invoice are available
Verify and ensure that the goods and services are received before availing of the input tax credit
Verify and ensure that all the credit and debit notes are updated in the system and accounted
Verify and ensure that if any debit or credit notes are required to be issued by the supplier are issued, filed by the supplier in his returns and also accounted in the books
Verify and ensure that RCM applicability on inward supplies is identified and accounted for, and paid.
Verify and ensure that input tax credit is availed only on eligible inward supplies only
Verify and ensure that input tax utilization entries passed in the books of accounts
(b) the following supply of goods or services or both—
food and beverages, outdoor catering, beauty treatment, health services, cosmetic and plastic surgery, leasing, renting or hiring of motor vehicles, vessels or aircraft referred to in clause (a) or clause (aa) except when used for the purposes specified therein, life insurance and health insurance:
membership of a club, health and fitness centre; and
(c) works contract services when supplied for construction of an immovable property(other than plant and machinery) except where it is an input service for further supply of works contract service;
(d) goods or services or both received by a taxable person for construction of an immovable property (other than plant or machinery) on his own account including when such goods or services or both are used in the course or furtherance of business.
(h) goods lost, stolen, destroyed, written off or disposed of by way of gift or free samples; and
Apart from ensuring the steps mentioned above are completed and the do the reconciliation
Complete the following reconciliations
Reconcile between GSTR – 2A / 2B with Purchase Register
Reconcile between GSTR -2A /2B with GSTR – 3B
Reconcile between GSTR-3B with Purchase Register
Reconcile the ITC Ledger on GST portal with the various ledger accounts
Rule 69 – Matching
The following details relating to the claim of input tax credit on inward supplies including imports, provisionally allowed under section 41, shall be matched under section 42 after the due date for furnishing the return in FORM GSTR-3-
Goods and Services Tax Identification Number of the supplier;
Goods and Services Tax Identification Number of the recipient;
invoice or debit note number;
invoice or debit note date; and
3. Reconciliation of Related Party Transactions
In multiple instances, related parties are not accounted for properly, or returns are filed incorrectly. This results in a lot of tax litigation or reversal of input tax credits through discharge of liability. Though there is no loss to the exchequer, it is not as per the law’s provisions, and the taxpayer cannot amend the returns if they have claimed wrongly.
It is recommended to verify all such transactions if there are any related party transactions and rectify the same in the March months returns. This process will ensure no loss of input tax credit, excess payment of taxes, which impacts the organization’s bottom line. This will also eliminate litigation and save time and effort.
The above process is not required if the taxpayers reconcile their data before filing their monthly returns
4. Issue of Pending Debit/Credit Notes
In a going business concern, there will always be issues and challenges in the supply chain. The supply chain challenges could be damages or breakages in transit or delay in shipments or receipt of goods, or receipt of inferior quality or different ones from the ordered—all these results in some price negotiations or others. In GST, only the supplier of goods or services can issue a debit note, and the recipient cannot unilaterally issue a debit note or credit note on the supplier.
As the above case results in price negotiation, there will always be a delay in the process, and as it is the year-end, it is recommended to clear all such pending issues. A rigorous follow-up with the vendors is required, backed by documentation.
Another case could be on account of reconciliation, there could be some suppliers who must have missed filing their returns, or their registrations have been canceled; in all such cases where the supplier has not filed the returns, a credit note should be requested to be issued to compensate the loss of input tax credit. If the supplier does not issue a credit note and the payment is already made, then the taxpayer cannot do anything but reverse the input tax credit with interest at the rate of 24%; payment of interest will be an additional loss to the taxpayers. To avoid such cases, before the payment release, it is recommended to complete the reconciliation process or withhold the tax amount until the supplier files the GST returns. This process will ensure that there is an impact on the bottom line.
Similar could be the case in the case of outward supplies. Also, it is recommended to issue debit or credit notes before the 31st of March 2021.
Section 34(2) – Any registered person who issues a credit note in relation to a supply of goods or services or both shall declare the details of such credit note in the return for the month during which such credit note has been issued but not later than September following the end of the financial year in which such supply was made, or the date of furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier, and the tax liability shall be adjusted in such manner as may be prescribed:
Though there is no time limit for the issue of Debit Note but is advised to issue the same as the same will minimize the pending issues, the issue of debit notes brings is additional cash into the system, which has become scarce due to the business disruptions on account of the pandemic.
5.Covid Impact on GST
The pandemic has impacted every business directly or indirectly. The impact is on the sales front, profits front as well on the operations and employee front. As the lockdowns have been announced to curtail the spread of the deadly virus, many manufacturers and service providers have impacted their businesses.
If any spoilage/wastage of raw materials or work in progress, the same is being debited to the Profit and loss account simultaneously. If any input tax credit has been availed, the same has to be reversed and observed in the profit and loss account.
If any goods have been expired due to the lockdown, the same is being written off to the profit and loss account. Similarly, the input tax credit has to be reversed if any availed.
If the customers have returned the goods and the same could not be used, were scrapped or destroyed for not being used, the input tax credit has to be reversed on such goods.
If the scrapped goods are sold at a nominal rate, then input tax credit need not be reversed as it is sold as scrap, and GST is paid on it as per one school of thought.
The pandemic has also resulted in a delay in payments. Identify if the suppliers are paid within 180 days; if not, the input tax credit must be reversed on the amounts due from one hundred and eighty-first day onwards.
If any return of the goods by the customers or dealers or distributors, issue the credit notes immediately without further delay. It will be a challenge in financial reporting if issued after 1st April 2021.
If the advance is received from the customers and service is not being provided due to the lockdowns, advance received treatment becomes crucial in GST. The possible scenarios and treatment under GST
If the advance is returned in the same month, then no need to account for GST on receipt of the advance. Verify and validate all such advance receipts, and if GST is not paid, please pay interest on it if the invoice is issued in the subsequent months.
If the invoice is not issued till 31st March and service is not provided, validate and verify if GST is paid on the advance receipt along with the interest
If an amount is partially returned in the subsequent months and service is not provided, validate and verify if GST is paid on advance receipt if not account it and pay along with interest
The pandemic has also resulted in a delay in payments. Identify if the suppliers are paid within 180 days. If not, the input tax credit must be reversed on the amounts due from one hundred and eighty-first day onwards.
If any credit notes are required to be issued for the delay in service, complete the activity before filing GST Returns for March; else, reconciliation statements have to be prepared to explain to various stakeholders.
If any debit notes have to be issued for price variations, the activity must be completed before the GST Returns filing for March 2021; else, reconciliation statements must be prepared to explain to various stakeholders.
The points mentioned above are indicative and may vary from taxpayer to taxpayer. It is also recommended to address the following points before the filing of the March return
Inputs sent on job work if not returned within the stipulated period; tax invoice has to be issued
Avail of the input tax credits if any is missed out
There is an exemption for reporting input tax credit by classification for the first two years only; the taxpayers must classify and claim input tax credit accordingly. If not done, prepare a reconciliation statement and validate that the same match the input tax credit claimed in GSTR – 3B.
Verify If any employee gifts above Rs 50,000 on which tax liability has to be paid
Verify if any input tax credit has to be reversed for the goods given without any consideration
Verify if any shortages or damage to stock on which input tax credit has been claimed? If any such items are there, reverse the input tax credit
Validate the input tax credit reversed on common inputs for taxable and exempted supplies being reversed
Verify input tax credit has been reversed on a pro-rata basis on capital goods from one state to another state
Verify the financial credit notes and debit notes issued according to the l provisions; else, issue GST Credit / Debit Notes.
File all the relevant returns as per applicability and complete the reconciliations
Verify if all the customers who have to file GSTR – 7 & 8 have filed their returns and accepted the same, this will save on the cash outflows.
Wherever possible, if any ITC has to be reversed or tax has to be paid, account for it and discharge it through GSTR – 3B.
Verification of the above tasks is a time-consuming process, and it is recommended to start the process ASAP and ensure that no input tax credit benefit lapses. No removal of difficulties order has been issued for availing input tax credit for an extra period on account of a pandemic-like situation.
During the first three years after the rollout of GST, there was an option for corrections using the GSTR – 9 for liability. The same is being withdrawn based on the Finance Bill 2021, yet to be notified; if this is the case, there is no room left for the taxpayers for rectification. The wrongdoings can be seen only during the audit or scrutiny by the department officers over a period of time. By that time, the penalty amount along with interest also is going to be increased multi-fold. To avoid such challenges, it is highly recommended to follow the above steps before filing the returns for March 2021.
To avoid all the challenges, the return filing data should be captured in the accounting or ERP system accordingly. Wherever possible, automation should be introduced to minimize human efforts and automate the process of data entry and reconciliations. Let’s not forget that GST is a business reform and not tax reform.
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Posted On: 14 MAR 2020 7:40PM by PIB Delhi
The 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.
In the GST Council meeting, Shri Nandan Nilekani, on behalf of Infosys, made a presentation addressing the system related issues that are being faced by the taxpayers in the GST system. He first gave the summary of the recently observed IT issues and the way forward to resolve them.
He suggested that in order to smoothen the rollout of the new return system, and to ensure a better uptake of the new return, the transition to the new return system may be made in an incremental manner. He suggested that the process may be initiated by addressing the compliance related issues first so that the problem of tax evasion and gaming of the system due to non-linking of FORM
GSTR-1 and FORM GSTR-3B is addressed immediately. The journey could start with linking of the details of the statement of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 to the liability in FORM GSTR-3B. This would be followed by the linking of the input tax credit in FORM GSTR-3B to the details of the supplies reflected in the FORM GSTR-2A. In order to tackle evasion and preventing the gaming of the system, implementation of Aadhaar authentication and spike rules would also be initiated.
He informed the Council that to augment the capacity of the IT system to concurrently handle 3 lakh taxpayers from the present level of 1.5 lakh taxpayers, hardware procurement process has been initiated which is slightly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The GST Council further made the following suggestions after due discussionsa.
Shri Nandan Nilekani would attend the next 3 meetings of the GST Council and update the council of the status of implementation of the decisions taken by the Council and assist the Council in taking appropriate decisions on technology related issues,
b. To support the timely implementation of various initiatives, the Council gave a go ahead for deployment of additional manpower (60 in number) on T&M basis and assured that both on procurement of additional hardware and hiring of manpower, expeditious approvals would be given however the return filing experience of the taxpayers and removal of technical glitches needs to be carried out urgently.
Shri Nandan Nilekani assured that he would personally monitor the progress of the GSTN project and also agreed to attend the IT-GoM for the next 6 months or till such time the initiatives are implemented. The GST Council expects these initiatives to be implemented by the 31 of July, 2020.
The 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.
The GST Council has made the following recommendations on Law & Procedures changes.
1. Measures for Trade facilitation:
a. Interest for delay in payment of GST to be charged on the net cash tax liability w.e.f.
01.07.2017 (Law to be amended retrospectively).
b. Where registrations have been cancelled till 14.03.2020, application for revocation of
cancellation of registration can be filled up to 30.06.2020 (extension of period of
application as one-time measure to facilitate those who want to conduct business).
c. Annual Return:
i. Relaxation to MSMEs from furnishing of Reconciliation Statement in FORM
GSTR-9C, for the financial year 2018-19, for taxpayers having aggregate
turnover below Rs. 5 crores;
ii. Due date for filing the Annual return and the Reconciliation Statement for
financial year 2018-19 to be extended to 30.06.2020; and
iii. Late fees not to be levied for delayed filing of the Annual return and the
Reconciliation Statement for financial year 2017-18 and 2018-19 for taxpayers
with aggregate turnover less than Rs. 2 crores.
d. A new facility called ‘Know Your Supplier’ to be introduced so as to enable every
registered person to have some basic information about the suppliers with whom they
conduct or propose to conduct business.
e. The requirement of furnishing FORM GSTR-1 for 2019-20 to be waived for taxpayers
who could not opt for availing the option of special composition scheme under
notification No. 2/2019-Central Tax (Rate) dated 07.03.2019 by filing FORM CMP-02.
f. A special procedure is being prescribed for registered persons who are corporate debtors under the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and are undergoing the corporate insolvency resolution process, so as to enable them to comply with the provisions of GST Laws during the CIRP period.
g. Extension of due dates for FORM GSTR-3B for the month of July, 2019 to January,
2020 till 24 March, 2020 for registered persons having principal place of business in
the Union territory of Ladakh. Similar extension is also recommended for FORM
GSTR-1 & FORM GSTR-7.
h. Bunching of refund claims allowed across financial years to facilitate exporters.
2. Deferment of E-invoice and QR Code:
a. Certain class of registered persons (insurance company, banking company, financial institution, non-banking financial institution, GTA, passenger transportation service etc.) to be exempted from issuing e-invoices or capturing dynamic QR code; and
b. The dates for implementation of e-invoicing and QR Code to be extended to 01.10.2020.
3. Deferment of e-wallet Scheme:
a. Extension of the time to finalize e-Wallet scheme up to 31.03.2021; and
b. Extension of the present exemptions from IGST and Cess on the imports made
under the AA/EPCG/EOU schemes up to 31.03.2021.
4. Continuation of existing system of furnishing FORM GSTR-1 & FORM GSTR-3B till
5. Other new initiatives:
a. Seeking information return from Banks;
b. To curb fake invoicing and fraudulent passing of ITC, restrictions to be imposed on passing of the ITC in case of new GST registrations, before physical verification of premises and Financial KYC of the registered person.
6. Issuance of circulars in respect of:
a. Clarification in apportionment of ITC in cases of business reorganization under section
18 (3) of CGST Act read with rule 41(1) of CGST Rules;
b. Appeals during non-constitution of the Appellate Tribunal;
c. Clarification on refund related issues; and
d. Clarification on special procedure for registered persons who are corporate debtors under the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, undergoing the corporate insolvency resolution process.
7. Amendments to the CGST Rules: Key amendments are as below:
a. Procedure for reversal of input tax credit in respect of capital goods partly used for affecting taxable supplies and partly for exempt supplies under rule 43 (1) (c);
b. ceiling to be fixed for the value of the export supply for the purpose of calculation of refund on zero rated supplies;
c. to allow for refund to be sanctioned in both cash and credit in case of excess payment of tax;
d. to provide for recovery of refund on export of goods where export proceeds are not realized within the time prescribed under FEMA; and
e. to operationalize Aadhaar authentication for new taxpayers.
8. Certain amendments to be carried out in the GST laws.
Note: The recommendations of the GST Council have been presented in this release in simple
language for information of all stakeholders. The same would be given effect through relevant
Circulars/Notifications or amendment in GST laws which alone shall have the force of law.
The 38th meeting of the GST Council met under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman here today. The meeting was also attended by the Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Thakur besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and senior officers of Ministry of Finance. The GSTCouncil recommended the following:
Grievance Redressal Committees (GRC) will be constituted at Zonal/State level with both CGST and SGST officers and including representatives of trade and industry and other GST stakeholders (GST practitioners and GSTN etc.). These committees will address grievances of specific/ general nature of taxpayers at the Zonal/ State level.
Due date for annual return in FORM GSTR-9 and reconciliation statement in FORM GSTR-9C for FY 2017-18 to be extended to 31.01.2020.
Following measures would be taken to improve filing of FORM GSTR-1:
waiver of late fee to be given to all taxpayers in respect of all pending FORM GSTR-1from July 2017 to November 2019, if the same are filed by 10.01.2020.
E-way Bill for taxpayers who have not filed their FORM GSTR-1 for two tax periods shall be blocked.
Input tax credit to the recipient in respect of invoices or debit notes that are not reflected in his FORM GSTR-2A shall be restricted to 10 per cent of the eligible credit available in respect of invoices or debit notes reflected in his FORM GSTR-2A.
To check the menace of fake invoices, suitable action to be taken for blocking of fraudulently availed input tax credit in certain situations.
A Standard Operating Procedure for tax officers would be issued in respect of action to be taken in cases of non-filing of FORM GSTR 3B returns.
Due date of filing GST returns for the month of November, 2019 to be extended in respect of a few North Eastern States.
The Council also approved various law amendments which will be introduced in Budget 2020.
[This note presents the decision of the GST Council in simple language for easy understanding which would be given effect through Gazette notifications/ circulars which alone shall have force of law. The same will be made effective from the date as specified in such notifications / circulars.]
Points clarified in the Circular No. 123/42/2019– GST are
Restrictions on 20% input tax credit is applicable for availing input tax credit after 9th Oct 2019, thereby meaning it is applicable for the filing of the return for Sep 2019 also.
Restriction of 20% is applicable only for the invoices, debit notes and credit notes reflected in GSTR – 2A
Restriction of 20% is not applicable on the IGST paid on imports, ISD transfer, etc., which are not part of the GSTR – 2A
Restriction is not applicable supplier wise but on the total eligible credit. Ineligible credits have to be deducted from the available credit from GSTR – 2A
If the total amount of restricted credit of 20% is more than the eligible credit, then it is restricted to the eligible amount only.
The taxpayer can take the differential amount of input tax credit where the suppliers have filed the returns in the subsequent tax periods
Points which require clarification are
The amount of restricted credit claimed during the month is for which tax? Is it to be considered separately for CGST, SGST, and IGST or the sum of all the taxes?
What would be the treatment if the taxpayer has claimed for IGST only, and the suppliers have filed returns on which CGST +SGST is available?
Ineligible credit in case of the same supplies used for the taxable and exempted supplies will be known at a later period, in such a case who to determine the eligible credit?
As per the author’s interpretation, it is based on each tax and not the total input tax credit available in GSTR – 2A as the said notification is issued concerning CGST Rules. The third point definitely needs some clarification based on the wording used in the circular “The credit available under sub-rule (4) of rule 36 is linked to total eligible credit from all suppliers against all supplies whose details have been uploaded by the suppliers. Further, the calculation would be based on only those invoices which are otherwise eligible for ITC. Accordingly, those invoices on which ITC is not available under any of the provision (say under sub-section (5) of section 17) would not be considered for calculating 20 per cent. of the eligible credit available.”
The taxpayers have to do a cost-benefit analysis after considering all the scenarios, the amount of additional investment involved for claiming the restricted input tax credit as it involves changes in the accounting systems and keeping track of the same. Even if the taxpayers decide not to go for the availing restricted 20% credit, still they have to change the accounting practice for availing input tax credit. Embracing technology will help the taxpayers to overcome the challenges of maintaining the reconciliations manually and also keeping track of it from time to time and update it. The changes in accounting required for availing the 20% restricted input tax credit, the details of the changes in the accounting can be referred here
Whatever the decision the taxpayers have to take, they have to take it at the earliest as the clock is ticking, and the due date for filing of GSTR – 3B for Oct 2019 is approaching fast.
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One of the main features of Goods and Service Tax is the availability of the Input Tax Credit across the supply chain cycle. This statement provides very soothing sound to the trade and industry but it has certain conditions to be fulfilled to take advantage of this statement. As there is no matching for the time being as the Government has differed it, now it has become more critical to ensure that all the conditions
mentioned in the Act and Rules are fulfilled and for this, the filing of the GSTR – 3B return for the month of September 2018 is very vital.
It has been observed that the number of taxpayers who have filed FORM GSTR-3B is substantially higher than the number of taxpayers who have furnished FORM GSTR-1. Non-furnishing of FORM GSTR-1 is liable to late fee and penalty as per the provisions of the GST law. In order to encourage taxpayers to furnish FORM GSTR-1, a one-time scheme to waive off late fee payable for delayed furnishing of FORM GSTR-1 for the period from July, 2017 to September, 2018 till 31.10.2018 has been launched.
In this regard, the due date for furnishing FORM GSTR-1 for the period from July, 2017 to September, 2018 has been extended till 31st October, 2018 for all registered persons having aggregate turnover above Rs 1.5 crores including the registered persons in Kerala, or whose principal place of business is in Kodagu (Karnataka) and Mahe (Puducherry). For taxpayers having aggregate turnover up to Rs 1.5 crores, the due date for furnishing FORM GSTR-1 for the quarters from July, 2017 to September, 2018 has been extended till 31st October, 2018. Notification Nos. 43 and 44/2018 – Central Tax dated 10th September, 2018 have been issued in this regard. For registered persons having aggregate turnover up to Rs 1.5 crores in Kerala, or whose principal place of business is in Kodagu (Karnataka) and Mahe (Puducherry), the due date for furnishing FORM GSTR-1 for the quarter July, 2018 to September, 2018 would continue to remain as 15th November, 2018 as notified vide notification No. 38/2018-Central Tax dated 24th August, 2018.
Further, for those taxpayers who will now be migrating to GST as per the procedure specified in notification No. 31/2018-Central Tax, dated 06.08.2018, the last date for furnishing the details of outward supplies of goods or services or both in FORM GSTR-1 andfor filing the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the months of July, 2017 to November, 2018 has been extended till 31.12.2018. Notification Nos. 45, 46 and 47/2018 – Central Tax dated 10th September, 2018 have thus been issued for extension of dates for filing FORM GSTR-3B.
It is hereby clarified that as per the provisions of section 16 (4) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, the registered person shall not be entitled to take input tax credit in respect of any invoice after the due date of furnishing of the return for the month of September following the end of financial year to which such invoice pertains; or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier. The taxpayers are thus, advised to furnish their returns on time to ensure that input tax credit does not become time barred.