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Goods & Services Tax

Know the Rates for Goods in GST

GST Rates for Goods

4 Things you must know about GST

      1. Compliance Rating

  • Compliance rating is based on discipline in filing correct returns and paying taxes On-Time.
  • You will risk your compliance rating if you delay adopting technology or do not file returns On-Time or miss paying taxes On-Time.
  • Your compliance rating is visible, so businesses you deal with will know your business status. Your business prospects will depend on your compliance rating.

      2. Get the Competitive Edge!

  • Early adoption of technology will make you a winner. It will make your Compliant & Competitive.
  • You will be able to do great business with your suppliers and customers.

      3. Improve your Cash Flow!

  • GST regime eliminates cascading effect of tax.
  • Say Goodbye to multiple taxes.
  • Tax paid on offence expenses can be claimed as input credit.
  • Right Technology will ensure smooth and rapid transition, improve your working capital.

      4. Claim ITC on Closing Stock!

  • Star preparing for GST by maintaining Invoice-wise details of your Inventory.
  • Match your returns with the transactions.

 

Educative Series

When is e-way bill not required?

Ever since December 2017, when the e-way bill came back into the scheme of things under GST, businesses and transporters have been proactively equipping themselves for a smooth e-way bill implementation. Trial runs of the same started in January and a full-fledged roll-out was attempted in February, which unfortunately was deferred due to technical glitches in the portal. However, at the 26th GST Council meet, a new date for e-way implementation has been set as the 1st of April, 2018 with 1stJune, 2018 being the target date for a nation-wide roll-out completion. While businesses need to be aware about the e-way bill rules in great detail, they also need to be aware about when is e-way bill not required, which is bound to save time and effort. In this blog, we will understand all those cases, where the movement of goods does not warrant the generation of an e-way bill irrespective of the value of movement of goods, as well as the e-way bill exemption list for all goods for which e-way bill is not mandatory.

If you want to know when is EWB not required, here are the following scenarios:

  • Where goods are being transported by a non-motorised conveyance
  • Where goods are being transported from the customs port, airport, air cargo complex and land customs station to an Inland Container Depot (ICD) or a Container Freight Station (CFS) for clearance by customs
  • Where goods are being transported under customs bond from an Inland Container Depot (ICD) or a Container Freight Station (CFS) to a customs port, airport, air cargo complex and land customs station
  • Where goods are being transported under customs supervision or under customs seal
  • Where goods are being transported from one customs station or port to another customs station or port
  • Where goods are being transported as transit cargo from or to Nepal or Bhutan
  • Where goods are being transported up to a distance of 20 KMs from the place of the business of the consignor to a weigh-bridge for weighing or from the weigh-bridge back to the place of the business of the said consignor. However, in this case, the movement of goods has to be accompanied by a delivery challan
  • Where goods are being transported by rail and the consignor of goods is the Central Government, State Governments or a local authority
  • Where empty cargo containers are being transported
  • Where movement of goods is being caused by defence formation under the Ministry of Defence as a consignor or a consignee
  • E-way bill not required, where the following goods are transported, which are goods exempted from e-way bill:
    • Alcoholic liquor for human consumption
    • Petroleum crude
    • High speed diesel
    • Motor spirit (commonly known as petrol)
    • Natural gas
    • Aviation turbine fuel
    • Liquefied petroleum gas for supply to household and non-domestic exempted category (NDEC) customers
    • Kerosene oil sold under public distribution system (PDS)
    • Postal baggage transported by Department of Posts
    • Natural or cultured pearls and precious or semi-precious stones
    • Precious metals and metals clad with precious metal
    • Jewellery, goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ wares and other articles
    • Currency
    • Used personal and household effects
    • Coral, unworked and worked coral
    • Goods, apart from de-oiled cake, which are exempt from tax under notification no. 7/2017 and notification no. 26/2017 under Central Tax, which are subject to amendment from time to time
    • E-way bill not required for goods which are treated as no supply under Schedule III of the CGST Act
    • Goods exempted from e-way bill under Rule 138 (14) in the respective State / Union Territory GST rules – i.e. list of 153 items exempt from e-way bill, including most items for household and daily use

Businesses and transporters will thus need to keep this e-way bill exemption list in mind, so that they are aware about when to generate, and when not to generate the e-way bill for movement of goods.


FAQs on GSTR-3B Return

01. If two GSTINs are there for a company, is one GSTR-3B return sufficient?
No. 2 Separate GSTR-3B are required to be filed. In other words, separate GSTR- 3B returns are to be filed for each of the GSTIN that a company has.

02. Should the invoice details be provided in GSTR-3B?
GSTR-3B is a declaration given by the company to the GST authorities. So it is enough that the consolidated input and output supply details are given in the format.

03. Is it necessary to file GSTR-3B even if you do not have either purchases or sales in a month?
Yes. Even if there are no tax details, a NIL GSTR-3B return is to be filed.

04. Will there be invoice matching in GSTR-3B return?
Since GSTR-3B is a declaration form, there will not be invoice matching.

05. Can you give the step-by- step procedure for filing GSTR-3B using Tally?
Go to Gateway of Tally > Display > Statutory Reports > GST > GSTR-3B
The report is generated in the MS-Word format. You can have it printed there.

 06. What is the late fee for not filing GSTR-3B on the due date?
Late Fee for filing GSTR-3B after the due date is as follows:
* Rs. 50 per day of delay
* Rs. 20 per day of delay for taxpayers having Nil tax liability for the month.
Note: Late fee for July, August, and September has been waived. Any late fees paid will be credited back to Electronic Cash Ledger under ‘Tax’ and can be utilized to make GST payments  (as per the 23rd GST Council meeting).

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HSN Code under GST

What is HSN Code?

– A multipurpose international product identification tool developed by World Customs
Organization (WCO).
– It has 5000 commodity groups and the products are identified by a 6 digit code.
– Used in over 200 countries and over 98% of the world trade is happening as per this.

HSN in Indian Context:

  • In the relevant return forms, the tax rate will be auto populated based on the HSN codes used.
  • The turnover of the previous year will be considered as the base-figure for the subsequent year’s HSN codes of 4 digits.
  • Use of HSN codes is to make GST as a globally accepted tax structure.
  • The GST law has to be compatible with international standards.
  • The concept of HSN codes was invented outside India and same is used by various member countries.
  • Each good is assigned with a 6-digit code which is unique in nature. In India, there are 2 more digits added to these 6 for further classification.
  • It is mandatory for companies engaged in import and export business with an annual turnover of over Rs.1.5 crores per annum to use the 8-digit HSN Code.
  • Companies who have an annual turnover of less than INR 1.5 crores, are exempt from mandatorily using the HSN Codes for their goods.
  • Apart from this, such of those companies registered under Composition Scheme of GST are also exempted from using HSN Codes.

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Input Credit under GST

What is Input Credit under GST?

– GST is collected by us for  goods / services sold by us – Output GST

– GST is paid by us for goods / services availed by us – Input GST

Input Credit is equivalent to the value of the Input GST paid by us.

E.g.,  An amount of Rs.650/= has been collected  by us as GST for goods supplied by  us to our clients.

           An amount of Rs.400/= has been paid by us as GST for goods purchased by us from our suppliers.

           It is enough that we remit Rs.250/= to the Government after adjusting the Input Credit of Rs.400/=

When can one avail Input Credit under GST?

  • Your company should be covered under GST Act and be registered with GST.
  • Your supplier company should be covered under GST Act and be registered with GST.
  • Your supplier company should have remitted the GST amount collected from you for the particular invoice raised on you. Such remittances can be either by way of cash remittance or by way of input credit availed by the supplier. In other words, every input credit claimed by you shall be matched and validated before getting adjusted.
  • Your supplier has filed GST returns.
  • If your input credit is higher than your output tax, the same can be carried forward or refund can be claimed by you.
  • In case you have claimed input credit and do not pay for the goods / services availed by you, within 3 months from the date of invoice, such input credit will be added to your output tax liability, along with interest.

 

Events

Completed GST Events:supp

Events for April, 30-2017.

Time: 10.00 A.M – 01.00 P.M.

“THE HARDWARE MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION”

Place: Thoothukudi.

 

 

Events Inquiry

Events for April, 24-2017.

Time: 10.00 A.M – 05.00 P.M.

“Workshop on TALLY ERP”

Place: Salem.

Events for May, 26-2017.

“GST EVENT IN DINDIGUL”

Place: Dindigul.

Events for May, 26-2017.

“Understanding Goods And Services Tax Act(GST)”

Place: Chennai.

Events for May, 27-2017.

“GST Seminar”

Place: Thirunelveli.

Events for June, 15-2017.

Time: 10.00 A.M – 05.00 P.M.

“Goods & Services Tax “

Place: Salem.

Upcoming GST Events:

GST Compliance

How to File Your GST Returns?

Every registered taxable person has to furnish outward supply details in Form GSTR-1 (GST Returns-1) by the 10th of the subsequent month. On the 11th, the visibility of inward supplies is made available to the recipient in the auto-populated GSTR-2A. The period from 11th to 15th will allow for any corrections (additions, modifications and deletion) in Form GSTR-2A and submission in Form GSTR-2 by 15th of the subsequent month.The corrections (addition, modification and deletion) by the recipient in Form GSTR-2 will be made available to supplier in Form GSTR-1A. The supplier has to accept or reject the adjustments made by the recipient. The Form GSTR-1 will be amended according to the extent of correction accepted by supplier.

On 20th, the auto-populated return GSTR-3 will be available for submission along with the payment. After the due date of filing the monthly return Form GSTR-3, the inward supplies will be matched with the outward supplies furnished by supplier, and then the final acceptance of input tax credit will be communicated in Form GST ITC-1.

Also, the mismatch input tax credit on account of excess claims or duplication claims will be communicated in Form GST ITC-1. Discrepancies not ratified will be added as output tax liability along with interest. However, within the prescribed time, if it is ratified, the recipient will be eligible to reduce this output tax liability.

Let us understand GST return filing process with an example.

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GST Updates

E-way Bill Notifications – What has changed?

Individual Consignment Value to be considered

* Single transporter may be transporting multiple consignments for various suppliers, where the total value of all the consignments put together exceeds INR 50,000.

* e-Way bills  need not be generated in cases, where , even if the total value of consignments being carried exceeds INR 50,000, as long as the individual consignments are valued at less than INR 50,000.

* This will bring the much needed relief to e-commerce / courier companies moving packages for delivery.

Change in valuation of consignment for E-way Bill applicability

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* Earlier e-way bill was required to be generated if the value of the consignment is more than          INR 50,000, not taking into account both taxable and exempt supplies under GST.

* Recent notification, says  only the value of taxable supplies i.e. taxable value along with the GST tax amount, will be considered to determine the valuation of the consignment. Exempt supplies, will be left out of the valuation – which basically means that this change is going to be beneficial to FMCG companies who generally move all kinds of goods together.

Option for Transporters to extend validity period of E-way Bill

* Earlier, upon the expiry of the validity period of a particular e-way bill, the transporter had to generate a fresh e-way bill.

* Now, under exceptional circumstances, especially in the case of the vehicle getting changed, a transporter can extend the validity period of the e-way bill, and update the vehicle details therein.

Modified time limit for acceptance or rejection of E-way Bill

* Earlier, there was a fixed time limit of 72 hours, within which the recipient had to accept or reject an e-way bill which was tagged against him. If no such communication was obtained from the recipient within 72 hours of generation of the e-way bill, it was deemed to be accepted.

* However, as per the e-way bill latest updates, the recipient has to accept or reject the e-way bill within 72 hours or, by the time the goods are delivered, whichever is earlier. The addition of the clause, will now completely eliminate those scenarios, in which customers would have an option to reject the e-way bill within 72 hours, even if the goods were delivered.

Other Changes in E-way Bill Rules:

Some other e-way bill notifications and changes which have happened are as follows:

  • Railways has been exempted from generating and carrying of e-way bill with the condition that without the production of an e-way bill, railways will not deliver the goods to the recipient. However, railways will be required to carry invoice or delivery challan etc.
  • Public conveyance has also been included as a mode of transport and the responsibility of generating the e-way bill in case of movement of goods by public transport would be that of the consignor or consignee
  • Registered job worker can also generate the e-way bill in the case of inter-state movement of goods
  • E-commerce operator or courier company can also generate e-way bill, on behalf of the consignor, in case the consignment is valued at more than INR 50,000 on authorization by the consignor
  • In case of movement of goods by railways, airways and waterways, the e-way bill can be generated even after commencement of movement of goods

Recommendations for changes in GST/IGST Rate and Clarifications in respect of GST Rate on certain goods:

Click to Download: Changes-in-GST-IGST-10-11-2017


26th GST Council meeting happened on 10th March 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Highlights :

-No decision made on introducing GST returns & GSTR-1 & GSTR-3B to continue until the month of June 2018.
-E- Way bill to be implemented for inter-state movement of goods from 1st April 2018 and For intra-state movement of goods in four phases from 15th April 2018. But all States join the league by 1st June 2018.
-RCM provision not applicable till 30th June 2018.
-TDS & TCS provisions under GST to apply from 1st July 2018.

Migration of Taxes

Moving to GST: For Registered Businesses

The first and foremost task for you, as a business registered under the current law, is transiting to GST. While it is important to know the fundamentals of GST, it is also very critical for you to understand GST transition provisions available, and take the necessary actions to ensure a smooth transition to GST and leverage on transition benefits. You will need to review your accounting and reporting procedures, procurement, logistic decisions, and so on in advance to avail the appropriate GST input tax credit.

Today, the manufacturing, sales and service activity are governed by a separate indirect tax system. The manufacturing activity is covered by Central Excise, sales is covered under State VAT/CST, and the services activity is covered under the Service Tax Act.

For better and ease of understanding, we have categorised the transition provisions for each of the below tax types:

  • Central Excise
  • VAT
  • Service Tax

Some questions you may have:

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  • What will happen to the balance input tax credit available on the last day, before GST to be implemented?
  • What will happen to the input tax credit on capital goods which is yet be availed?

We will answer these questions scenario-wise.

Scenario 1: Availed CENVAT and Input VAT Credit

Central Excise

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Manufacturer

A manufacturer can carry forward the balance CENVAT credit available on the last day, prior to date on which GST is implemented, as input credit.

What does this mean?

  • The closing balance of CENVAT credit should reflect in the last return filed by you, and
  • It should be allowed as input tax credit under GST

Today, a manufacturer other than the Small Scale Industries (SSI- whose turnover does not exceed 4 crores) should file their monthly returns in Form ER-1, and SSI quarterly returns in Form ER-3. The amount of CENVAT carried forward in Form ER-1 or Form ER-3 as on the last day i.e., the day before GST is implemented will be allowed to be carried forward as CGST input tax credit.

Let’s understand this with an example

Super Cars Pvt Ltd, a car manufacturer located in Karnataka is registered under Excise and Karnataka VAT. As on 31st March, 2017, the Form ER-1 of Super Cars Pvt Ltd is as given below:

Can Super Cars Pvt Ltd. carry forward the CENVAT credit?

Yes, the closing CENVAT balance of Rs 25,000 is fully eligible to be carried forward by Super Cars Ltd. This is because Super Cars Pvt Ltd satisfies all the conditions explained below:

  • The CENVAT of Rs 25,000 should reflect in the return, and
  • In GST, the same is allowed as Input Tax Credit.

Now, for Super Cars Pvt Ltd, CENVAT will be a CGST credit. This can be utilized to set-off the liabilities in the order prescribed.

Excise Dealer

As a dealer, you are liable for registration under Central Excise if you trade in excisable goods. Today, the excise duty you pay will not be available as credit. As a first stage or second stage dealer, the excise duty paid get s added to the price of the product. If it is sold to a manufacturer, the excise duty passed on will be claimed as CENVAT credit by the buying manufacturer.

On the date of transitioning to GST, the excise duty paid in respect of closing stock held by you, will be allowed to be carry forward as CGST Input Tax credit.

VAT

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A business registered under VAT needs to file monthly or quarterly VAT return forms, as prescribed by their respective states. The input VAT credit in VAT return forms will be carried forward as SGST input tax credit.

Let’s understand this with an example

Super Cars Pvt Ltd, a car manufacturer located in Karnataka is registered under Karnataka VAT. As on 31st March, 2017, the VAT Form 100 (monthly return form for Karnataka) of Super Cars Pvt Ltd is as given below:

Can Super Cars Pvt Ltd. carry forward the input VAT credit?

Yes, the closing input VAT of Rs. 5,000 can be fully carried forward   by Super Cars Pvt Ltd. This is because Super Cars Pvt Ltd. satisfies all the conditions explained below:

  • The input VAT of 5,000 is reflected in the return, and
  • In GST, the same is allowed as Input Tax Credit.

Now, for Super Cars Pvt Ltd, the input VAT will be carried forwarded as SGST credit. This can be utilized to set-off the liabilities in the order prescribed.

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Understanding GST

What is GST? How does it Work?

August 3rd, 2016 will be recorded as a red letter day in the history of Indian taxation due to the near unanimous passage of 122nd Constitutional Bill in Rajya Sabha, paving the way for roll-out of GST (Goods and Services Tax) in India from 1st of April 2017. Goods and Service Tax Bill has significantly evolved over the past decade and is touted as the single largest tax reform in India since independence.

It is estimated to boost GDP by 1.5 to 2%. ‘One India, One Tax’ will be the new reality with GST subsuming over ten indirect taxes and making India a common market. Apart from elimination of cascading effect, the benefits of simplified compliance, technological backing and uniform process across India will contribute significantly to ‘Ease of doing Business’. However, the success of a business will significantly depend on the ability to understand and adopt to this new reality as certain existing business practices will have to undergo changes.

Goods and Services Tax is a comprehensive tax levied on supply of goods and services across India. GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a Destination based Consumption tax, and the taxable event is Supply as against the existing taxable events of sale, manufacture or provision of service. Draft model GST law was first made public in June 2016, after which the Revised Draft Law was made public on 26th November 2016. It is high time that businesses, industry/trade bodies, professional associations and the like provide valid inputs at an early date, and ensure the final GST Law addresses all the concerns  to make the transition smooth.

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Background

The indirect taxation regime in India has undergone many transformations over the past 5 to 6 decades. Introduction of MODVAT scheme in 1986, fungibility of credit between Excise and Service Tax (2004), rollout of VAT (2005 onwards) have over the years increased transparency in tax administration, reduced hassles to tax payers, and eliminated the cascading effect, thus benefitting the consumer. However, the federal structure of India has resulted in tax being administered by both Centre and State.

Lack of facility to utilize credits across these two entities has resulted in partial cascading still being left in the system. Added to this, the burden of compliance has also increased due to involvement of multiple agencies. GST precisely addresses these concerns by driving uniformity across India through a single tax and ensuring an unrestricted flow of tax credit. Conceptually, GST is similar to VAT, meaning tax will be applied only on the value addition at each point in the supply chain.

Salient Features

Some of the salient features of GST (Goods and Services Tax) are:

Registration:

GST Registration threshold is Rs 9 10 Lakh for special category states*, and Rs 19 20 Lakh for Rest of India. Approximately 7-8 million businesses are likely to be registered under GST. Small dealers with turnover below Rs 50 Lakh have the option of adopting the Composition scheme and pay flat ~1 to 4% tax on turnover.

*Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

For more details on GST registration process, please visit these-

Registered Dealer? Learn How to Transition to GST

How to Apply for a New GST Registration

How to Amend, Cancel, or Revoke GST Registration

Dual GST (Goods and Services Tax):

In consideration of the federal structure of India, Dual GST has been chosen as the apt model wherein tax would be jointly levied by both Centre and the states on supply of goods and services.

The components of Dual GST are:

  • CGST: Central GST
  • SGST: State GST
  • IGST: Integrated GST

On intra-state transactions CGST+SGST will be applicable and on interstate transactions, IGST will be applicable.

GST Rates:

There are likely to be 3 sets of rates as below:

  • Merit Rate
  • Standard Rate
  • De-Merit Rate

There is also likely to be a lower rate for precious metals and zero-rate for essential goods.

Taxes Subsumed:

The taxes which will get subsumed under GST are:

 

*To be included only at a later notified date

ITC Utilization:

The manner of availing input tax credit for setoff of tax liability is defined as under:

Please note that CGST and SGST cannot be set off against one another.

How to Set Off Input Tax Credit Against Tax Liability in the GST Regime

IT Infrastructure:

Goods and Service Tax Network or GSTN is a Not for Profit Sec 25/Section 8 company incorporated under the public-private partnership(private companies, central and state government are the stakeholders) to roll out the IT backbone (Backend and Frontend) and portal for meeting all the e-filing requirements of GST. This would be the nodal agency which would control all the processes, forms, and also the data of all the trade that happens in the country.

GST Council:

The council to be formed within 60 days of getting presidential assent, would consist of 2/3rd representation of states and 1/3rd representation of Centre. The GST Council will take all decisions regarding tax rates, dispute resolution, exemptions and so on. Recommendations of the GST Council (75% votes) will be binding on the Centre and states.

Business Process

Registration:

Existing dealers would be auto-migrated and given a 15-digit PAN based GSTIN with following structure.

 

 

The entity code will be applicable for taxpayers having multiple business verticals within the state.

Returns:

The GST (Goods and Services Tax) regime introduces the following changes:

  • The GST regime requires all businesses to mandatorily file monthly returns along with the requisite quarterly or annual returns. Even businesses which now file returns quarterly or half-yearly (such as returns for service tax etc.) now need to file returns every month.
  • There will now be ‘3 compliance events every month’ compared to 1 event today. This means, businesses will now need to comply with the requirements of filing Form GSTR-1, Form GSTR-2 and Form GSTR-3 (as mentioned below) as against filing 1 return today.
  • The first compliance event (filing Form GSTR-1) has a due date of 10th of the subsequent month as against the deadline of 20th in the current VAT regime.
  • Composition scheme will no longer be a favorable option since returns need to be filed quarterly and the details in those returns need to be filed relating to purchases, though sales would be lump sum like earlier. Another big deterrent in the scheme would be non availability of input credit to the chain below which would increase the selling price for the composite dealers. This would mean that businesses would reduce their purchases from these dealers.

Regular Dealer: Monthly filing

  • Form GSTR-1: Upload all sale invoices (By 10th)
  • Form GSTR-2A: Auto-populated details of inward supplies made available to the recipient on the basis of Form GSTR-1 furnished by the supplier (on 11th)
  • Form GSTR-2: Addition (Claims) or modification in Form GSTR-2A should be submitted in Form GSTR-2 (on 15th)
  • Form GSTR-1A: Details of outward supplies as added, corrected or deleted by the recipient  in Form GSTR-2 will be made available to supplier ( On 20th)
  • Form GSTR-3: Submit the auto-populated GSTR-3 by 20th
  • Form GSTR-9: Annual Return – furnish the details of ITC availed and GST paid which includes local, interstate and import/exports. (31st Dec of next fiscal )

Composition Dealer: Quarterly filing

  • Form GSTR-4A: Details of inward supplies made available to the recipient registered under composition scheme on the basis of Form GSTR-1 furnished by the supplier (Quarterly )
  • Form GSTR-4: Furnish all outward supply of goods and services. This includes auto-populated details from Form GSTR-4A, tax payable and payment of tax (submit by 18th after quarter-end)
  • Form GSTR-9A: Furnish the consolidated details of quarterly returns filed along with tax payment details (31st Dec of next fiscal).

For more details on GST Returns visit these blog posts –

What are the Types of Returns Under GST?

How to File Your GST Returns

Payments:

  • Mandatory e-payment for amount > Rs 10,000
  • Online: NEFT/RTGS/IMPS
  • Offline: Cash/Cheque/DD/NEFT/RTGS etc.
  • Challan is auto-populated, and can be downloaded

Refunds:

Refund process will be automated and wherever applicable 80% 90% refund will be granted provisionally when applied without scrutiny.

Major Impact Areas

Principal areas of impact for business will be:

  • Adoption of Technology is imperative: As all the processes will be online, and return filing is of granular nature (invoice-wise), the taxpayer will have to adopt suitable technology to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. Unlike earlier, paper filing will not be an option.
  • Access to Pan-India market: Intra-state and interstate trades would become tax neutral, and the whole of  India will open up as a market for both sourcing vendors and customers customers without hassles of compliance.
  • Cash flow planning: Input tax credit on purchase will be provided only provisionally during return filing, and will be confirmed only after corresponding sale has been uploaded and after the liability is discharged by supplier. Hence, cash flows WILL get impacted in case of mismatch. As any supply would be taxable, branch transfers would result in tax liability leading to cash blockage. GST will also be applicable on advances received and reverse charge is extended to goods as well. Businesses will need to rethink how to effectively do business and structure deals.
  • Easier Compliance: GST requires businesses to provide granular level of data (invoice-wise), that needs to be reported with HSN codes. The good news is that compliance is going to get easier with GST replacing most of the prevalent indirect taxes and with the support of technology. With GST, the government has shifted its burden of following up with vendors who have not uploaded their returns by cutting out the input credit.
  • Branch / Supply chain re-engineering: Businesses having multi-state presence due to tax considerations (to avail concessional CST rate) need to re-plan their warehouse and branch networks and locate them nearer to markets rather than state-wise.
  • Pricing strategy: Due to elimination of cascading effect, prices of products are likely to come down. Hence, businesses need to re-align to the new realities in procurement and sale.
  • Re-negotiate contracts: Work contracts and other multi-year supply deals have to be renegotiated to absorb GST rates. As tax would be payable on advance, such conditions need a relook. 

What Next?

With the passage of the 122nd constitutional Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, the immediate next steps are:

  • As this is a constitutional amendment, a minimum of 15 state assemblies also need to ratify the bill.
  • Presidential assent to the bill and formation of GST council within the next 60 days from date of obtaining assent, is required.
  • Passing of CGST and IGST Bills (probably as Money Bill) in winter session of parliament and of SGST Bill in 29 state assemblies.
  • Rollout of GST Network by January 2017.

The tasks look daunting, yet achievable.

What next for all of us?

With 1st of April 2017 being the likely date for launch of GST  (Goods and Services Tax), the taxpayer needs to take several preparatory steps in this direction. The transition will be the key for having a clean opening balance to start with.

  1. Input tax credit (in returns/inputs/capital goods) from current regime(CENVAT, VAT) will be carried forward to GST(CGST, SGST). Hence, it is imperative to keep the books updated. It helps companies during assessment as only at that time the number will get picked up and if trail/clarity is not available businesses will go through a lot of financial and non-financial pain.
  2. All the accounting and party masters in ERP need to be kept updated with statutory details filled-in, such that transition to GST is smooth.

As always, Tally has been the pioneer in assisting businesses with understanding and adopting statutory changes. The greatly simplified solution in Tally.ERP 9 will ensure quick migration and easy handling of statutory requirements of GST.

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