> The Council has recommended major relief in GST rates on certain goods and services by reduction in GST rate from 28% to 18% on goods falling in 178 headings at 4-digit level. After these changes, only 50 items will attract GST rate of 28%.
> For 15 items, rates reduced to 12% and for 14 items, to 5% ; on 6 items rate reduced to NIL
> Following changes have been made for Restaurants/Hotels :
Suitable notification will be issued by 15th November, 2017.
Composition scheme specific
> Following changes have been recommended in relation to Composition Scheme :
Necessary changes will be made in law by way of Bill / Ordinance.
> Person making export of services to Nepal and Bhutan (who have already been exempted) will also be eligible to claim Input Tax Credit in respect of goods or services used for making such exempt supply of services to Nepal and Bhutan.
Job work related
> The rate of GST on job work services in relation to manufacture of those handicraft goods in respect of which the casual taxable person has been exempted from obtaining registration, shall be reduced to 5% with full ITC.
> All service providers, whether supplying intra- State or inter-State through e-commerce operator, will be exempt from obtaining GST registration, provided their aggregate turnover does not exceed Rs. 20 lakhs (Rs. 10 lakhs in special category States except J & K).
> A facility for manual filing of application for advance ruling is being introduced for the time being.
Ease of Compliances
> Taxpayers having aggregate turnover upto Rs. 1.5 crore need to file GSTR-1 on quarterly basis as follows
|July- September||31st December, 2017|
|October- December||15th February, 2018|
|January- March||30th April, 2018|
Taxpayers having aggregate turnover more than Rs. 1.5 crore need to now file GSTR-1 on monthly basis as follows:
|July- October||31st December, 2017|
|November||10th January, 2018|
|December||10th February, 2018|
|January||10th March, 2018|
|February||10th April, 2018|
|March||10th May, 2018|
Other relevant returns and forms
Dates for following forms are extended as under:
|S. No.||Form and Details||Original due date||Revised due date|
|1||GST ITC-04 for the quarter July-September, 2017||25.10.2017||31.12.2017|
|2||GSTR-4 for the quarter July-September, 2017||18.10.2017||24.12.2017|
|3||GSTR-5 for July, 2017||20.08.2017 or 7 days from the last date of registration whichever is earlier||11.12.2017|
|4||GSTR-5A for July, 2017||20.08.2017||15.12.2017|
|5||GSTR-6 for July, 2017||13.08.2017||31.12.2017|
|6||GST TRAN-1||30.09.2017||31.12.2017 (One-time option of revision also to be given till this date)|
Late Fee / Penalty for delayed returns
The amount of late fee payable by a taxpayer whose tax liability for that month was ‘NIL’ will be Rs. 20/- per day (Rs. 10/- per day each under CGST & SGST Acts) instead of Rs. 200/- per day (Rs. 100/- per day each under CGST & SGST Acts) w.e.f returns for October, 2017.
Addition to Exemptions
Council has made addition to Exemptions which are as follows :
(Author is Partner at Agarwal Sanjiv & Company, Jaipur)