Striving towards implementation of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) from July 1, 2017, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (“CBEC” or “the Board”) has launched a mobile application for GST, in step with the government’s Digital India initiative.
Taxpayers can readily access a host of GST information such as:
The mobile application enables taxpayers to be well informed of the latest updates on GST. Taxpayers can also provide feedback and contact CBEC’s 24×7 helpdesk “CBEC Mitra” through a toll-free number or email, at the touch of a button.
The mobile application can be downloaded free of cost on Android platforms. The iOS version will be made available shortly.
Further, the CBEC vide letter F. No. 609/23/2017-DBK dated February 23, 2017, has invited suggestions from Export Promotion Councils/ Commodity Boards/ Trade and Industry Associations/ Chambers of Commerce on All Industry Rates (“AIR”) of Duty Drawback under the GST framework.
Suggestions in this regard can be submitted by March 15, 2017 via email sent to the mentioned id therein. Further, the list of Export Promotion Councils/ Commodity Boards/ Trade and Industry Associations/ Chambers of Commerce, have been specifically provided, who can submit the suggestions.
It is worthwhile to note that under GST, imports and exports of goods and services would be treated as Inter-State supply of goods or services and thereby, Integrated GST (“IGST”) would be payable along with Basis Customs Duty (“BCD”) on import of goods and IGST on import of services. It is likely that under GST, rate of Duty Drawback could be limited to the amount of BCD paid on imported inputs used for exported goods/services.
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