GST Council Updates/ Highlights: Key Recommendations/ Decisions by GST Council (28th Meeting dt. 21 July 2018 held at New Delhi)

Amendments in GST Laws (CGST Act, 2017, IGST Act, 2017 and the GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017)

GST Council has reviewed 46 proposed amendments in CGST Act, 2017, IGST Act, 2017 and the GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017 and has recommended the following amendments:

1. Increased threshold for Composition Scheme: Upper limit of turnover for opting for composition scheme to be raised from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 1.5 crore. Present limit of turnover can now be raised on the recommendations of the Council.

2. Compsosition Dealers to be allowed to Supply Services: Composition dealers to be allowed to supply services (other than restaurant services), for upto a value not exceeding 10% of turnover in the preceding financial year, or Rs. 5 lakhs, whichever is higher.

3. RCM on Supply of Specified Goods only: Levy of GST on reverse charge mechanism on receipt of supplies from unregistered suppliers, to be applicable to only specified goods in case of certain notified classes of registered persons, on the recommendations of the GST Council.

4. Registration Exemption Threshold Increased from 10 Lac to 20 Lac for Specified States: The threshold exemption limit for registration in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Uttarakhand to be increased to Rs. 20 Lakhs from Rs. 10 Lakhs.

5. Multiple Registration within One State: Taxpayers may opt for multiple registrations within a State/ Union territory in respect of multiple places of business located within the same State/ Union territory.

6. Mandatory Registration only for certain E-com Operators: Mandatory registration is required for only those e-commerce operators who are required to collect tax at source.

7. GST Registration to remain Suspended Temporarily: Registration to remain temporarily suspended while cancellation of registration is under process, so that the taxpayer is relieved of continued compliance under the law.

8. Certain Supplies specified as not to be treated as ‘Supply’: The following transactions to be treated as no supply (no tax payable) under Schedule III:

a). Supply of goods from a place in the non-taxable territory to another place in the non-taxable territory without such goods entering into India;

b). Supply of warehoused goods to any person before clearance for home consumption; and

c.) Supply of goods in case of high sea sales.

9. Scope of ITC Widened: Scope of input tax credit is being widened, and it would now be made available in respect of the following:

a). Most of the activities or transactions specified in Schedule III;

b). Motor vehicles for transportation of persons having seating capacity of more than thirteen (including driver), vessels and aircraft;

c). Motor vehicles for transportation of money for or by a banking company or financial institution;

d). Services of general insurance, repair and maintenance in respect of motor vehicles, vessels and aircraft on which credit is available; and

e). Goods or services which are obligatory for an employer to provide to its employees, under any law for the time being in force.

10. Recipient to pay Invoice in 180 days, else reverse ITC: In case the recipient fails to pay the due amount to the supplier within 180 days from the date of issue of invoice, the input tax credit availed by the recipient will be reversed, but liability to pay interest is being done away with.

11. Consolidated Debit/ Credit Note to be permitted: Registered persons may issue consolidated credit/ debit notes in respect of multiple invoices issued in a Financial Year.

12. Cap on Pre-deposit for Appeal Filing: Amount of pre-deposit payable for filing of appeal before the Appellate Authority and the Appellate Tribunal to be capped at Rs. 25 Crores and Rs. 50 Crores, respectively.

13. Commissioner empowered to extend due date of certain returns: Commissioner to be empowered to extend the time limit for return of inputs and capital sent on job work, upto a period of one year and two years, respectively.

14. INR Supplies to qualify as Exports where RBI permits: Supply of services to qualify as exports, even if payment is received in Indian Rupees, where permitted by the RBI.

15. Place of Supply in the case of certain Job work: Place of supply in case of job work of any treatment or process done on goods temporarily imported into India and then exported without putting them to any other use in India, to be outside India.

16. Recovery can be made from distinct persons, even if present in different State/ Union territories.

17. The order of cross-utilisation of input tax credit is being rationalised.

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