2nd Edition: 31st March, 2017
(Updated up to 1st July, 2017)


The compilation of frequently asked questions on GST brought out by the apex training institute under the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) the National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), has been extremely well received. These GST FAQs were released on 21st September, 2016 by the Hon’ble Finance Minister and were based on the Model GST Law as on June, 2016. The GST FAQs were translated in many regional languages to ensure dissemination across the country.

A number of significant developments have taken place since the first edition was released. As of now the draft laws of CGST, SGST, IGST, UTGST and Compensation cess along with a host of rules have been approved by GST Council. The Central bills have been introduced in the Parliament; legislation relating to States will be passed by the respective state assemblies. As promised at the time of bringing the first edition, a second edition of the FAQs has been prepared by NACEN based on the aforesaid bills introduced in the Parliament. I congratulate DG, NACEN and his team for the efforts made and am sure that these will go a long way in disseminating knowledge and awareness on GST amongst the Tax officials, Trade and Public.

Najib Shah
Chairman, CBEC

Prepared by: Shri Deepak Mata, Assistant Director,NACEN Mumbai and Sanjeev Nair, Examiner, CESTAT Mumbai under the supervision of Shri Samir Bajaj, Additional Director, NACEN, Mumbai

Reviewed by:S/ShriP.K.Mohanty, Consultant, CBEC (Chap. 1); Shri Vishal Pratap Singh, DC(GST), GST Policy Wing, CBEC (Chap. 2), Dr. P.D. Vaghela, CCT, Gujarat (Chap. 3&7); Shri D.P. Nagendra Kumar, Pr. ADG, DGCEI, Bengaluru (Chap. 4 to 6); Shri Upender Gupta, Commissioner, GST, CBEC (Chap. 8 to 11); Shri Ritvik Pandey, CCT, Karnataka (Chap.12); Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, Jt. Secretary, CTD, Bihar (Chap. 13); Shri Khalid Anwar, Senior JCT, WB (Chap.14 & 24); Shri Ajay Jain, Pr. Commissioner of Customs, Ahmedabad (Chap. 15); Shri Bankey Behari Agrawal, Principal Commissioner of Customs; Shri Shashank Priya, A D G, DG GST, CBEC (Chap. 17 to 20); Shri G.D. Lohani, CCE, Faridabad (Chap. 21 & 22); and Shri Prakash Kumar, CEO, GSTN (Chap.23).

Updated Questions Reviewed by : GST Policy Wing

Comments and Suggestions on FAQ may please be sent to dg.nacen-cbec@nic.in


This FAQ on GST compiled by NACIN and vetted by the Source Trainers and GST Policy Wing is based on the CGST/SGST/UTGST/IGST Act(s). This FAQ is for training and academic purposes only.

The information in this booklet is intended only to provide a general overview and is not intended to be treated as legal advice or opinion. For greater details, you are requested to refer to the respective CGST/SGST/UTGST/IGST Acts.

The FAQs refer to CGST and SGST Acts as CGST/SGST as CGST Act and SGST Act are identical in most of the provisions. A few provisions may be specific to state and may not be in CGST Act.

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