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Case Name : In re Manju Devi, (M/s M.D. Enterprises) (GST AAR Rajasthan)
Appeal Number : Advance Ruling No. RAJ/AAR/2019-20/29
Date of Judgement/Order : 18/12/2019
Related Assessment Year :
Courts : AAR Rajasthan (91) Advance Rulings (1661)

In re Manju Devi, (M/s M.D. Enterprises) (GST AAR Rajasthan)

a. Whether exemption of ‘Supply of Farm Labour’ as provided in Notification No. 12/2017 and Notification No. 09/2017 Integrated Tax (rate) dated 28.06.2017 is available to supplier of manpower falling under SAC 99851?

Exemption available to ‘supply of farm labour’ services falling under Chapter heading 9986 under Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 and Notification No. 09/2017- Integrated Tax (rate) dated 28.06.2017 is not available to supply of manpower services falling under SAC 99851.

b. Is it necessary for recipient of “Supply of Farm Labour” service to be fully engaged in agriculture and not doing any other activity?

The Question ‘b’ is beyond the scope of this authority as defined under Section 97(2) of the GST Act, 2017. Hence no ruling is given.

c. What type of documents/evidence is required

The Question’c’ raised by the applicant is beyond the scope of this authority as defined under Section 97(2) of the GST Act, 2017. Hence no ruling is given.

to be kept as a supplier of manpower for availing exemption as “Supply of Farm Labour” under Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 and Notification No. 09/2017 Integrated Tax (rate) dated 28.06.2017?

FULL TEXT OF ORDER OF AUTHORITY OF ADVANCE RULING

Note: Under Section 100 of the CGST/RGST Act, 2017, an appeal against this ruling lies before the Appellate Authority for Advance Ruling constituted under section 99 of CGST/RGST Act, 2017, within a period of 30 days from the date of service of this order.

  • At the outset, we would like to make it clear that the provisions of both the CGST Act and the RGST Act are the same except for certain provisions. Therefore, unless a mention is specifically made to such dissimilar provisions, a reference to the CGST Act would also mean a reference to the same provision under the RGST Act. Further to the earlier, henceforth for the purposes of this Advance Ruling, a reference to such a similar provision under the CGST Act / RGST Act would be mentioned as being under the “GST Act”.
  • The issue raised by Mrs Manju Devi,(M/s M.D. Enterprises),CC-29, Hill View Garden, Trehan, Village-Thada, Bhiwadi, District- Alwar, Rajasthan 301019 (hereinafter the applicant) is fit to pronounce advance ruling as it falls under the ambit of the Section 97(2) (b)given as under: –

b. Applicability of a notification issued under the provisions of this act;

  • Further, the applicant has not registered in GST (as per the declaration given by him in Form ARA-01), the issue raised by the applicant is neither pending for proceedings nor proceedings were passed by any authority. Based on the above observations, the applicant is admitted to pronounce advance ruling.

1. SUBMISSION AND INTERPRETATION OF THE APPLICANT:

  • The applicant is a sole proprietor of M/S M. D. Enterprises. The total turnover of the applicant for the financial year 2018-19 was INR 17.75 Lacs. The applicant is unregistered under the provisions of CGST Act, 2017 as on date due to the fact of turnover being less than threshold limit for registration.
  • The applicant is in the business of supply of manpower falling under SAC no. 99851.During the FY 2019-20, the applicant supplied labour to one of his clients for the purpose of working in agriculture farms. The supply of farm labour falls under SAC 9986.The recipient of service of supply of farm labour is the sole owner of agriculture Land having Khasara No. 107/20, 107/21 & 122 having Area-4-16, 4-16 & 2-8 Bighas respectively at Village-Dera Mandi, Tehsil- Mehrauli, Distt.- Delhi (South). Besides, the recipient is the owner of few immovable properties, which are used for renting purposes.
  • As the service of supply of farm labour is exempted vide notification no. 12/2017 Central Tax (rates) date 28/06/2017 and notification no. 9/2017 Integrated tax (rate) dated 28/06/2017.1 confirm that no tax has been charged on the transaction of supply of labour as at point 4.
  • In support of the claim of above exemption, the applicant has procured following documents from the service recipient.-

(a) Copy of Khasara/ Girdawari for the Year 2018-19 confirming that above mentioned Land is agricultural not for commercial activities.

(b) Purchase Bill of Seeds, Deshi-Khad & other Fertilizers are attached for the F/Year 2017- 18 to 2019-20 (up to July,2019).

Heading 9986: Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,-

(a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing;

(b) supply of farm labour;

  • The term ” agriculturist” has been defined in section 2(7) of, Central GST Act, 2017 as under:

“agriculturist” means an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family who undertakes cultivation of land,-

(a) by own labour, or

(b) by the labour of family, or

(c) by servants on wages payable in cash or kind or by hired labour under personal supervision or the personal supervision of any member of the family;

Explanation. – “Support services to agriculture, forestry, fishing, animal husbandry” mean – (i) Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,- (a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing; (b) supply of farm labour.

“agricultural produce” means any produce out of cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products, on which either no further processing is done or such processing is done as is usually done by a cultivator or producer which does not alter its essential characteristics but makes it marketable for primary market;

  • The applicant has ensured the fact that the manpower supplied by him is meant to be used as farm labour by way of taking the following farm records of recipient.

Purchase Bill of Seeds, Deshi-Khad & other Fertilizers

2. QUESTIONS ON WHICH THE ADVANCE RULING IS SOUGHT

a. Whether exemption of “Supply of Farm Labour” as provided in Notification No. 12/2017 and Notification No. 09/2017 Integrated Tax (rate) dated 28.06.2017 is available to supplier of manpower falling under SAC 99851?

b. Is it necessary for recipient of “Supply of Farm Labour” service to be fully engaged in agriculture and not doing any other activity?

c. What type of documents/evidence is required to be kept as a supplier of manpower for availing exemption as “Supply of Farm Labour” under Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 and Notification No. 09/2017- Integrated Tax (rate) dated 28.06.2017?

3. PERSONAL HEARING

In the matter personal hearing was granted to the applicant on 10.12.2019 at Room no. 2.29 NCRB, Statue Circle, Jaipur. Shri Sanjeev Malhotra C.A.(Authorised Representative) of applicant appeared for PH. During the PH, they reiterated the submissions already made in the application. They also submitted that “Power of Attorney” of him will be submitted in a day or two. No additional submissions were presented in PH. They requested for early disposal of the application.

4. COMMENTS OF THE JURISDICTIONAL OFFICER

The jurisdictional officer (STO, State Tax, Ward-1, Circle-B, Kar Bhavan, UIT Sector-6 Bhiwadi, District-Alwar, Rajasthan 301019) has submitted his comments vide letter dated 25.11.2019 which can be summarized as under:

Notification Number 12/2017 Central Tax (Rate), dated 28.06.2017 & State Tax Notification No. pt.1-50, dated 29.06.2017 as per S. No. 54 heading 9986-Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,- (a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing; (b) supply of farm labour.

Notification Number 09/2017- Integrated Tax (Rate ) dated 28.06.2017 as per S.No. 57 heading 9986-Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,- (a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing; (b) supply of farm labour.

Notification Number 11/2017 Central Tax (Rate), Dated 28.06.2017 & State Tax Notification No. pt.1-49, dated 29.06.2017 as per S.No. 24 heading 9986-Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,- (a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing; (b) supply of farm labour.

RGST Act 2017/CGST Act 2017 Section (2)7 “agriculturist” means an individual or a hindu undivided family who undertakes cultivation of land –

(a) by own labour, or

(b) by the labour of family, or

(c) by servants on wages payable in cash or kind or by hired labour under personal supervision or the personal supervision of any member of the family;

“agricultural produce” means any produce out of cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products, on which either no further processing is done or such processing is done as is usually done by a cultivator or producer which does not alter its essential characteristics but makes it marketable for primary market;

5. FINDINGS, ANALYSIS & CONCLUSION:

  • The applicant is in the business of supply of manpower falling under SAC 99851.During the FY 2019-20, the applicant supplied labour to one of his clients for the purpose of working in agriculture farms. According to the submissions, the recipient of service of supply of farm labour is the sole owner of agriculture land. Besides, the recipient is the owner of few immovable properties, which are used for renting purposes.
  • We find that Chapter heading 9985 is for Support Services other than agriculture and includes in general, manpower supply for various works. The support services supplied by the applicant are classified under SAC 99851 (as per submissions) in Annexure to Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, the relevant portion of which is as below-
Annexure: Scheme of Classification of Services
S.No. Chapter, Section, Heading or Group Service Code (Tariff) Service Description
(1) (2) (3) (4)
1 Chapter 99 All Services
400 Heading 9985 Support services
401 Group 99851 Employment services including personnel search, referral service and labour supply service
402 998511 Executive or retained personnel search services
403 998512 Permanent placement services, other than executive search services
404 998513 Contract staffing services
405 998514 Temporary staffing services
406 998515 Long-term staffing (pay rolling) services
407 998516 Temporary staffing – to – permanent placement services
408 998517 Co-employment staffing services
409 998519 Other employment and labour supply services nowhere else classified
  • Further, the applicant’s contention that she being a supplier of manpower services under SAC 99851 is exempted from GST is not valid as farm labour supply services are classified under Chapter head 9986.

The relevant extract of Chapter heading 9986 under Notification No. 12/2017 Central Tax (Rate) date 28/06/2017 (as amended) is as below-

SI.No. Chapter, Section, Heading, Group or Service Code (Tariff) Description of Services Rate (per cent.) Condition
54 Heading 9986 Services relating to cultivation of plants and rearing of all life forms of animals, except the rearing of horses, for food, fibre, fuel, raw material or other similar products or agricultural produce by way of,-

(a) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or testing;

(b) supply of farm labour;

Nil Nil

6. In view of the foregoing, we rule as follows: –

RULING

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