Happy New Year 2019 ! With the very first GST council meet of this year some favorable and important decisions taken in its 32nd GST council meet held on 10th Jan 2019 they are as follows –

  • Threshold limit increased to 40 Lakhs– Effective from April 1, the GST exemption threshold has been raised from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. For hilly states and those in the North East, the threshold has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh. A relief for mid scale companies
  • States given powers -For choosing if they want to sustain the threshold exemption at Rs 20 Lakh or Rs 40 Lakh
  • Turnover Limit under Composition scheme increased – Increase in the limit to opt into the scheme will be increased up to Rs 1.5 crore effective from 1st April 2019. Quarterly pay of taxes but filing of return annually.
  • Composition benefit extended to a category of service providers – Suppliers rendering either independent services or providing a mixed supply of goods & services with a turnover of up to Rs 50 lakhs p.a can join this scheme, where the tax rate is fixed at 6%.
  • Real Estate sector – A committee has been set up to consider real estate GST rates
  • Calamity cess – A cess rate of 1% by Kerala state to be imposed on intra state sales for a period of 2 years

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  1. T Sarkar says:

    I am providing engineering consultancy services and my turnover is less than Rs 50 lacs for 2018-19.
    Shall I be eligible for new composition scheme under which the GST rate is 6%. Pls confirm
    Has the notification issued and if so pls share the notification

  2. Deepak Nair says:

    So the states have been given the option to adopt the new threshold of 40 lakh. If the states dont want it , then nothing changes.

    I registered for GST last year as my turnover was bordering 20 lakh. Now if my state adopts the new threshold, can i opt out of GST ?

  3. Sudhir Sharma says:

    Pl confirm whether threshold limit for service providers raised from 20 to 40 Lakhs ? There are contradictory opinions expressed by different persons.

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