CA Atul Modani

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GST was launched within a short span of passage of GST Act to be effective from 1st July 2017 so as to avoid further constitutional and legal problems which were marred by the Political scenarios over the last decade. Even rate notifications were issued on 28th June 2017.

This has affected almost everyone as the various nitty-gritties of the law, migrations and new registration and related technical snags in GSTN , non operationalisation of each and every necessary form/ functionality on GSTN have already given many sleepless nights to Taxpayers as well as Tax Professionals.

One such aspect which is observed by many is not able to opt for composition for the Financial Year 2017-18 even though last day to opt for the same in case of Migration cases is 16th August 2017. Few of the latest grievances were as under

Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 1 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 2 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 3 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 4 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 5 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 6 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 7 While GST officials were not able to address the issue via any official communique or twitter handle, the brainy and alert citizens broke the ice and found the solution and also shared it via platforms of social media. 

Solution:

There seems to be a technical snag/ wrong mention of year at the GSTN portal. Even If the migrated dealer opt for the composition (the last date of which is 16th August 2017), it shows only the year 2018-19 thereby denoting that they can-not opt for composition which is wrong.

Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 8

Even in such circumstances if you opt for composition, you will get a message that ALREADY OPTED FOR COMPOSITION SCHEME FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEARas below,

 Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 9

Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Image 10

Do try it and see if your problem is resolved.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER:

Kindly take screenshot of before and after opting alongwith date field at bottom right hand of your computer to avoid any surprises in future because of technical issues in GSTN Portal. The above Article is based on feedback from friends on social media for the benefit of you all.

The Author is a practicing CA actively involved in writing articles and sharing taxation and legal updates across different modes of social media. He can be reached at atul@caclub.in.

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12 responses to “Not able to opt for composition scheme under GST for FY 2017-18? Then read this”

  1. Nikunj Savla says:

    Sir, i have done a new registration under normal scheme. Now i want to convert to composition scheme. It is possible now??

    • Atul Modani says:

      Not possible now. As per rules, in case of new registration, composition is to be opted at the time of filing of Regn form.

  2. NAJAR SINGH says:

    SIR I APPLY FOR COMPOSITION BUT NOT SHOWN IN DEALER PROFILE COMPOSITION SHOWN WHILE APPLICATION SUBMIT FOR COMPOSITION BUT DEALER PROFILE SHOWN REGULAR I APPLY FOR FY 17-18 BUT SHOWN IN PORTAL FY 18-19 please help last date is near

  3. ADVOCATE JASBIR SINGH says:

    composition option for migrated person is still due upto 16.08.2017 however it is confusing to taxpers as well as to tax professionals. GST official solve it.

  4. MK says:

    SIR APPLY FOR COMPOSITION BUT NOT SHOWN IN DEALER PROFILE COMPOSITION SHOWN WHILE APPLICATION SUBMIT FOR COMPOSITION

    • Atul Modani says:

      Even GSTN have clarified the issue on 11-8-2017 as below:

      https://www.gst.gov.in/newsandupdates/read/123

      The last date to Opt-In for Composition Levy for migrated taxpayers from previous regime is 16th Aug, 2017. Such taxpayers who have opted-in for composition scheme on or before this date will be considered for 2017-18.

      Same is already mentioned as Solution in above article

  5. m-muali says:

    the author has not clearly said how the issue is solved. He had simply left the screen shots. when it shows already opted for the year
    does it show it as for the year 2017-18?

    • Atul Modani says:

      Hello Murliji

      I have clearly stated as below:
      There seems to be a technical snag/ wrong mention of year at the GSTN portal.

      Even in such circumstances if you opt for composition, you will get a message that “ALREADY OPTED FOR COMPOSITION SCHEME FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR”

      So if one click 2018-19, in that case also Composition option gets selected for 2017-18. Hope the matter is clear.

    • Atul Modani says:

      Even GSTN have clarified the issue on 11-8-2017 as below:

      https://www.gst.gov.in/newsandupdates/read/123

      The last date to Opt-In for Composition Levy for migrated taxpayers from previous regime is 16th Aug, 2017. Such taxpayers who have opted-in for composition scheme on or before this date will be considered for 2017-18.

      Same is already mentioned as Solution in above article

  6. Mayur says:

    Even till today large number of cases of earlier service tax filers have not yet migrated to GST regime n it’s very hard to take weather a dealer should opt for Composition

  7. Thevarkonda Suresh says:

    Govt has to listen to the voices of the professionals
    No support from GST Portal for solutions

  8. S Balasubramanian says:

    Considering the glitches and inadequacies of the online filing system, more time is required to be given to all concerned, traders, service providers and filers. This is a must as the objective is to get more and more people under the ‘compliance umbrella’ and not to penalise people.

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