Highlights of 35th GST Council Meeting
The 35th GST Council meeting concluded with consensus on the following matters
1. GST annual return due date extended till 31 August 2019 for FY 2017-18
The due date for filing GSTR-9, GSTR-9A, and GSTR-9C for the FY 2017-18 has been extended by two months, till 31 August 2019. Official notification can be made anytime soon.
2. Aadhaar-enabled GST Registration introduced:
In order to ease the current process of GST registration and reduce the paperwork involved, GST Council has given a go-ahead to a new system for verification of taxpayers registering themselves under GST. Aadhaar number shall be linked to the GSTIN while generation.
3. NAA tenure extended by two years
Tenure of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) was due to end by 30 November 2019. GST Council has further extended this tenure by two years, to enable it to take up all the pending cases. Hence, the authority can take up new cases in future due to rate cut issues, indicating that the GST Council has plans for further rationalisation of GST rates.
4. 10% penalty to apply for any delay in depositing profiteered amount
GST Council has approved a levy of 10% penalty for delay in depositing the profiteered amount by more than 30 days. This is a fair measure that would encourage timely compliance by the taxpayer.
5. E-invoicing to start from January 2020
The new system for raising all the tax invoices on the GST portal has received in-principle approval for implementation from 1 January 2020. This applies to only B2B invoicing. By this system, no separate e-way bill will be required in case of e-invoice. Returns to be framed from these e-invoices. A phased implementation is being worked out.
Earlier, the government had fixed Rs 50 crore as the limit for the applicability of e-invoicing.
6. E-ticketing made mandatory for multiplexes
Among other major decisions, the GST Council approved the electronic ticketing system, for multiplexes, having multi-screens. This will help curb cases of tax evasion and the use of black tickets that have been prevalent.
7. Rate cut decision on electric vehicles, chargers & leasing thereof deferred; Committee to submit its report
The decision to cut GST rates for electric vehicles and electric chargers have been postponed to the next Council meeting. The matter has been referred to the Fitment Committee for checking the feasibility of the rate cut. At present, the GST rates for electric vehicles and electric chargers are 12% and 28% respectively.
Likewise, the valuation rules for goods and services pertaining to solar power generating systems and wind turbines will be placed before the next Fitment Committee. The suggestions made by this Committee will be placed before the next GST Council meeting.
8. Rate cut for lottery put on hold; Matter to be referred before an Attorney General
The previous council meet had not tabled the rate cut matter for lotteries. The 35th GST Council meeting discussed the matter at length and also brought to light two pending cases on this matter before the high court and supreme court respectively. Although the courts had referred the matter back to GST Council, the Council has decided to consult the Attorney General of India.
9. GSTAT to be GST Appellate Tribunal.
The GST council also definitively stated the Goods and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal will be the appellate authority and will adjudicate on appeals arising from central and state tax authorities’ in-house dispute resolution system. The states will decide the number of GSTAT required by them as a result of which there can be two tribunals in a single state.
10. Other Due date extensions
New due date
ITC-04 for July 2017- June 2019
31 August 2019
CMP-02 for opting into the composition scheme for service providers under Notification 2/2019-CT rate
31 July 2019
11. For non-filing of GST returns, E-way bills to be blocked
The law stated that where the GST returns in GSTR-3B/ GSTR-4 is not filed for two consecutive tax periods, e-way bill generation for such taxpayers would be disabled. This will be brought into effect from 21 August 2019, instead of the earlier notified date of 21st June 2019.
28th Mar 2019
The due date for ITC-04 of July 2017-March 2019 is now extended to 30th June 2019.
19th Mar 2019
34th GST Council Meeting was held on 19th Mar 2019.
GST Council members met via video conferencing to discuss and pass the circulars drafted for rate cuts on affordable and non-affordable housing under construction.
24th February 2019
- The 33rd GST council meet was held on 24th February 2019.
- The due date to file GSTR-3B for the month of January 2019 has been extended up to 22nd February 2019*
*subject to notification being issued by CBIC.For the State of Jammu & Kashmir, due date is 28th February 2019.
10th February 2019
The next meeting-33rd GST Council meeting is scheduled to be held on 20th February 2019 via Video Conferencing.
It will be chaired by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Real estate and export sector to be in limelight.
This will be the first one after the Interim Budget 2019.
10th January 2019
32nd GST Council meeting was held at New Delhi and chaired by Shri Arun Jaitley. Announcements made was a big relief to MSMEs and small traders.
The key takeaways of the 32nd GST Council meeting are as follows:
- Increase in GST registration limit from Rs 20 lakhs up to Rs 40 lakhs for suppliers of goods.
- Changes in the existing composition scheme made by increasing the turnover limit to join the scheme up to Rs 1.5 crores, tax payments to be made quarterly and returns to be filed annually starting 1st April 2019.
- New composition scheme is introduced for service providers and those who supply services along with goods; the Turnover limit set is Rs 50 lakhs and the Tax rate is fixed at 6%.
- No rate cuts were announced this time. GoMs were formed to study taxation of under-construction properties & lotteries.
- Calamity cess up to 1% for up to 2 years will be charged for supplies made within the State of Kerala.
22nd December 2018
31st GST Council meeting was held on 22nd December 2018; Some rate cuts, Decisions to extend filing of GSTR-9,9A and 9C upto 30th June 2019, New return filing to be made applicable on trial basis from 1st April 2019 and many more were announced.
8th December 2018
CBIC extends due date for filing GSTR-9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C from 31st December 2018 till 31st March 2019 for FY 2017-18.
8th December 2018
Next 31st GST Council meeting to be held on 22nd December 2018 at Delhi.
26th Oct 2018 :
- Due date of GST ITC-04 for the period of July 2017 to September 2018 extended till 31 December 2018.
- Taxpayers whose registration has been cancelled by the proper officer on or before September 30, 2018, shall be required to furnish the final return in Form GSTR-10 till December 31, 2018.
21st Oct 2018 :
Due date to reconcile and file the amended GST data for FY 2017-18 in GSTR-3b for September 2018 & claim accurate ITC now extended to 25 October 2018.
28th Sep 2018 :
30th GST Council Meet held on 28th September 2018 (Friday) through video conferencing.
13th Sep 2018 :
- TDS & TCSprovisions will be effective from 1st Oct 2018.
- Form GSTR-9C released. Due date of filing GSTR -9C yet to be notified.
10th Sept 2018:
- Extension of Due date for GSTR-3B only for newly migrated taxpayersfor months July 2017 to Nov 2018 till 31st December 2018. The due dates remain unchanged for rest of the taxpayers.
- Extension of Due date for GSTR-1in case of taxpayers with turnover above Rs 1.5 crores in previous FY or Current FY
- Regular taxpayers : for months from July 2017 to September 2018 extended till the 31st October 2018.
- Newly migrated taxpayers : for months from July 2017 to November 2018 extended till the 31st December 2018.
- Extension of Due date for GSTR-1in case of taxpayers with turnover upto Rs 1.5 crores in previous FY or Current FY
- Newly migrated taxpayers : For all quarters from July 2017 to September 2018 extended till 31st December 2018.
- For flood-affected regions of Kodagu, Mahe and Kerala : Above table of dates remain the same except for quarter July 2018 to September 2018 extended till 15th November 2018.
- Due date of TRAN-1 and TRAN-2 is extended for certain taxpayers who could not complete filing due to tech glitch,to 31st March 2019 and 30th April 2019 respectively.
4th Sep 2018 :
- Taxpayers who filed GST CMP-04 for opting out of the composite scheme between 2nd March 2018 to 31st March 2018 can declare their ITC claim in Form GST ITC -01 till 3rd of October 2018.
- Time limit to file Form GST ITC-04 for the period from July 2017 to June 2018 has been extended till 30th September 2018.
- CBIC released formats of GSTR -9 & GSTR -9A.
- GST council waives the late fees for the following :
- Taxpayers whose GSTR -3B for the month of October 2017 was submitted but not filed on the common portal.
- Taxpayers whose GSTR -4 was filed for the period of October to December 2017 within due date but late fees were mistakenly charged.
- Input service distributors who paid late fees for GSTR-6 for any tax period between 1st Jan 2018 to 23rd Jan 2018.
21st Aug 2018:
Due date for filing GSTR – 3B for July 2018 has been extended to 24th August 2018.
6th Aug 2018:
Reverse Charge Mechanism (in case of supplies made by unregistered persons to registered persons), TDS and TCS provisions under GST deferred till 30th Sept 2019.
4th Aug 2018:
29th GST Council Meet was held at New Delhi. Incentives on Digital payments got a green flag. Committee to be formed for addressing MSME woes.
30th Jul 2018:
Know the highlights of Proposed changes to GST return filing.
30th Jul 2018:
Due date of GSTR-6 filing extended for months from July 2017 to August 2018 is 3oth September 2018.
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