Advisory on Annual Aggregate Turnover Functionality

Aggerate Annual Turnover for the Financial Year is being displayed on the GST portal when the user clicks on Navigate to Returns Dashboard at the time of login.

The values for AATO displayed is based on return filing data filed by taxpayers and computation done as on 26/06/2021. Turnover value is updated dynamically as per filing of Returns. Aggregate Turnover is updated dynamically based upon the filings done by all GSTINs under the PAN. Final Turnover & Aggregate Turnover will be made available post tax-officer’s verification 11/10/2021.

On the page user can see the values based on the returns filed and if there not filled up to date, the AATO  is estimated and shown. In case if the returns are filed, then the actual AATO based on the returns is displayed.

If the value for AATO is wrong, the taxpayers can file a ticket  https://selfservice.gstsystem.in. and get the same rectified.

An Advisory has been issued in this context and it is highly recommended for all the professional to go through the same.

  • This facility shows to the taxpayer AATO (Annual Aggregate Turnover) based on the returns filed by him/her in the last financial year.
  • The facility of turnover update has also been provided to the taxpayer in this functionality, if the said taxpayer feels that the system calculated turnover varies from the turnover as per his/her records.
  • As stated, the calculation is based on the returns filed in the last financial year. For details of the calculation see Turnover calculation logic.
  • This facility of turnover update shall be provided to all the GSTINs registered on a common PAN. All the changes by any of the GSTINs in his turnover shall be summed up for computation of Annual Aggregate Turnover for each of the GSTINs.
  • The taxpayer can amend the turnover twice within a period of one month from the date of roll out of this functionality.
  • Thereafter, the updated value shall be frozen with no further attempts provided to the taxpayers to amend their turnover(s) and this turnover figure will be sent to the Jurisdictional Tax Officer for review.
  • In case the jurisdictional Officer finds any discrepancy in the updated/amended values furnished by the taxpayer, the said officer can amend the turnover.
  • Tax officers are expected to consult and/or communicate with the taxpayer before amending the turnover declared by the taxpayer.
  • The turnover finalized by the tax officer after such consultation shall be considered final.
  • In case no action is taken by the officer within 30 days on the turnover reported by the taxpayer, the same shall then be considered final (which will be displayed to the taxpayer accordingly) and will be considered as such for the entire previous financial year.
  • In case of any grievances pertaining to the said functionality, the aggrieved taxpayer can raise a ticket at https://selfservice.gstsystem.in.
  • All such tickets shall be investigated by the technical team and shall be resolved on a case by case basis and when needed they shall be forwarded to the jurisdictional officer.

Note: Taxpayers are expected to use this functionality only if there is a discrepancy observed by them in the system calculated turnover as per the calculation logic mentioned above.

Proposed Levy of GST COIVD Cess in the State of Sikkim

The pandemic has impacted the finances of individuals as well the Governments across the globe. The Governments are resorting to various measures to recover the tax collections. To increase the demand for goods or services across the globe, many countries have reduced their tax rates as it will increase spending power, which means more revenue.

In India, the Government has not reduced the tax rates but has given relief measures to the taxpayers by extending due dates and reducing late fees and interest. The tax rates have been reduced only in the case of goods required for the treatment of COVID. Apart from this, the central bank also increased the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRMB) limits so that the State Governments can access more funds and spend.

Pandemic is a natural calamity, and to raise more funds, the Governments are exploring new ways and means. As part of it, the Sikkim state has requested for levy of COVID Cess on the Power Sector and Pharma sector for two years. This Cess is in line with the Kerala Flood Cess levied for two years from 2019. In Kerala, the Cess is applicable on intrastate transactions for B2C supplies, and the taxpayers have to file separate returns. The valuation rules have also been amended to exclude the Kerala Floods cess from the levy of GST wide Notification Number 31/2019 – (Central Tax) dated 28th June 2019.

Basis of the decision taken in the 43rd GST Council Meeting, a Group of Ministers, has been constituted, and they were supposed to submit the recommendations with 15 days. The Group of Ministers constituted are

  1. Sh. Basavaraj Bommai Minister for Home Affairs, Karnataka Convener
  2. Sh. Manish Sisodia Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi Member
  3. Sh. T S Singh Deo Minister for Commercial Taxes, Member
  4. Sh. K. N. Balagopal Minister for Finance, Kerala
  5. Sh. Niranjan Pujari Minister for Finance, Odisha
  6. Sh. B. S. Panth Minister for Tourism & Industries, Member Sikkim
  7. Sh. Suresh Kumar Khanna, Minister for Finance, Uttar Pradesh

The Group of Minsters will examine the following

  1. One percent of the turnover of the pharmaceutical sector (excluding the unorganized sector) is imposed for the current year and subsequent two years, up to 2022 &23; and
  2. Rs. 0.1 per unit of power generated is imposed for the current year and subsequent years, up to 2022-23

If the GoM approves the COVID Cess, we can expect similar measures to be raised by other states. Though the tax rate is very nominal but it requires changes in the following areas

a) IT Systems to capture and collect COVID Cess

b) Accounting Ledgers/Chart of Accounts

c) Return filing systems.

d) various documents being generated like Tax Invoice, Purchase Order, Sales Order etc.,

Moreover, these changes are applicable for a particular state, but there should be flexible to adapt to the localized changes in the era of One Nation One Tax and One Market. Though it is tough not not impossible to adapt to the new requirements in the New Normal.

GST Tip – 191

The last set of FORM GST MIS forms as per GST Revised Returns Rules are FORM GST MIS-5 & FORM GST MIS-6. These are issued by the common portal if there is any discrepancy between the data of the supplier and the e-commerce portal uploaded in the respective returns. The discrepancy will be communicated to the supplier in FORM GST MIS-5 and the e -commerce operator in FORM GST MIS-6.

Prototypes – Retruns & Payments

The work at the GSTIN is going at the speed of light for making the reporting seamless and online under GST. A few days back the GSTIN has released the list of selected GSP’s (GST Suvidha Provider) and now they have released the screenshots of the screens under GST for Returns and Payments. The basic reason for them to release these screens is to give a basic idea of the screens under GST and how simple and ease it will be for the tax payers.

The mock-up screens can be viewed from here

GST Tip – 63

In the proposed Goods and Service Tax, the returns are to be filed on monthly basis and same return for all the taxes i.e CGST (Central Goods and Service Tax), SGST (State Goods and Service Tax) and IGST (Integrated Goods and Service Tax) in case of regular tax payers and quarterly for tax payers under composite scheme.

GST Tip – 60

As per the transitional provisions in GST, Central Excise and Service Tax Credit will be carried forward as CGST Credit, Value Added Tax Credit will be carried forward as SGST Credit in the electronic credit ledger based on the input tax credit shown in the returns filed immediately prior to the appointed day.