Highlights of 43rd GST Council Meeting held on 28th May 2021
1. The land owner promoters could utilize credit of GST charged to them by developer promoters in respect of such apartments that are subsequently sold by the land promoter and on which GST is paid. The developer promoter shall be allowed to pay GST relating to such apartments any time before or at the time of issuance of completion certificate.
2. Exemption on Covid Related Items extended up to 31st August, 2021
|Sr||HSN Chapter Code||Item Name||Existing Rate||Revised Rate|
|4||3002/3006||Covid 19 Vaccine||5%||—|
The Council has clarified a number of issues, which are provided hereunder:
3. GST rate of 12% to apply on parts of sprinklers/ drip irrigation systems falling under tariff heading 8424 (nozzle/laterals) to apply even if these 2 goods are sold separately.
4. Services supplied to an educational institution including aanganwadi (which provide pre-school education also), by way of serving of food including mid-day meals under any midday meals scheme, sponsored by Government is exempt from levy of GST.
5. The services provided by way of examination including entrance examination, where fee is charged for such examinations, by National Board of Examination (NBE), or similar Central or State Educational Boards, and input services relating thereto are exempt from GST.
6. Earlier, the government had reduced the GST Rate on MRO Services in relation to an Aircraft from 18% to 5%. Now, in order to provide level playing field to the domestic shipping MROs vis a vis foreign MROs.
7. Service by way of milling of wheat/paddy into flour (fortified with minerals etc. by millers or otherwise) /rice to Government/ local authority etc. for distribution of such flour or rice under PDS is exempt from GST if the value of goods in such composite supply does not exceed 25%. Otherwise, such services would attract GST at the rate of 5% if supplied to any person registered in GST, including a person registered for payment of TDS.
8. GST is payable on annuity payments received as deferred payment for construction of road. Benefit of the exemption is for such annuities which are 3 paid for the service by way of access to a road or a bridge.
9. Services supplied to a Government Entity by way of construction of a rope-way attract GST at 18%.
10. Services supplied by Govt. to its undertaking/PSU by way of guaranteeing loans taken by such entity from banks and financial institutions are exempt from GST.
Trade Facilitation Measures
1. Amnesty Scheme to provide Relief to taxpayers regarding late fee for pending returns:
Fresh Amnesty Scheme has again been provided by the government so as to encourage the taxpayers to come forward and file their pending GST Returns.
|Type of Taxpayers||Max Late Fee Payable per Return||Remarks|
|No Tax Liability||500||Benefit of Amnesty Scheme will be available if the pending GST Returns are filed between 01.06.21 to 31.08.21.|
2. Rationalization of Late Fees imposed under Section 47 of the CGST Act, 2017
To reduce burden of late fee on smaller taxpayers, the upper cap of late fee is being rationalized to align late fee with tax liability/ turnover of the taxpayers, as follows:
|Category||Maximum Late Fees for GSTR 3B||Maximum Late Fees for GSTR 1|
|Nil Tax Liability||500||500|
|Other Tax Payers|
|a. Annual Aggregate Turnover is up to Rs. 1.5 Crores||2,000||2,000|
|b. Annual Aggregate Turnover is between Rs. 1.5 Crores to 5 Crores||5,000||5,000|
|c. Annual Aggregate Turnover above Rs. 5 Crores||10,000||10,000|
3. Late Fees for Other Returns are also being rationalized.
|Type of Return||Applicable to Whom?||Maximum Late Fees|
|GSTR – 4 – Nil Tax Liability||Composition Taxpayers||500|
|GSTR – 4 – Others||Composition Taxpayers||2,000|
|GSTR 7||E Commerce Operators||Rs. 50 / day, subject to maximum Rs. 2,000|
Note: It must be noted that the reduced late fees as recommended above would be applicable for prospective periods, after the issuance of Notifications by the government. There will be no change in the late fees already paid by taxpayers and collected by government for delay in filling of above forms.
Relaxation in Interest and Late Fees for March, April and May 2021
|Category of Taxpayer||Period||Late Fees||Interest|
|Small Taxpayers having turnover up to Rs. 5 Crores||March 2021||Waiver of Late Fees for delay in furnishing GSTR 3B for 60 days from the due date.||
|April 2021||Waiver of Late Fees for delay in furnishing GSTR 3B for 45 days from the due date.||
|May 2021||Waiver of Late Fees for delay in furnishing GSTR 3B for 30 days from the due date.||
|Large Taxpayers||May 2021||Waiver of Late Fees for delay in furnishing GSTR 3B for 15 days from the due date.||
Filling of Annual Return in GSTR 9 and Reconciliation Statement in GSTR 9C
|Category||GSTR 9||GSTR 9C|
|Turnover up to Rs. 2 Crores||Optional||Optional|
|Turnover between Rs. 2 Crores to Rs. 5 Crores||Yes||Optional|
|Turnover more than Rs. 5 Crores||Yes||Yes|
From FY 2020–21 onwards, the Reconciliation Statement in Form GSTR 9C will be self-attested by the taxpayer, instead of getting it certified by a chartered accountant.
Relaxations under section 168A of the CGST Act