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India: GST Council releases draft amendments to GST laws for public comments


In brief
The GST Council has released a set of draft amendments in the CGST Act, IGST Act and GST (Compensation to States) Act for public comments, which are requested to be submitted by 15 July, 2018. The significant amendments proposed and its impact are described in this tax insight. Continue reading


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India – CBIC issues clarification on mechanics of charging IGST on goods supplied from customs bonded warehouse


Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued circular no. 3/1/2018-IGST dated 25 May, 2018 clarifying certain aspects regarding levy of IGST on goods supplied from the customs bonded warehouse (CBW). The clarification is summarised below: Continue reading


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India: Government issues clarifications to further ease the procedure for filing and sanction of export refunds


Based on representations and to ensure uniformity in the implementation of the refund provisions relating to export of goods and services, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (Board) has issued Circular No. 37/11/2018 – GST dated March 15, 2018 to clarify various aspects relating to processing and sanction of refund claims. Continue reading


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India – SC holds that no service tax is payable on reimbursable expenditure or cost incurred by the service provider before 14 May, 2015


Background
Section 67 of the Finance Act, 1994 (the FA, 1994) deals with the valuation of taxable services for the purpose of levy of service tax. Further, the Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 (the Rules) were also issued, to specify inclusion or exclusion of various amounts in the value of taxable services. Continue reading


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India – 200 days of GST – The Road Ahead


India successfully implemented its most ambitious tax reform on 1st July 2017. The transition to the new regime has been relatively smooth except for the technology related challenges for GST compliances. The Government of India (‘GOI’) has also been quick in taking remedial action such as simplifying the GST compliances, reduction in GST rates and enforcing the anti-profiteering provisions. Continue reading


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India – GST Council temporarily extends the present system of filing of returns and export benefits for procurement of goods and recommends implementation of e-way bill scheme in a phased manner from 01 April 2018


Introduction
In its 26th meeting held on 10 March 2018, the GST Council has decided to extend the present system of compliance for taxpayers for another 3 months up to June 2018, and the export benefits for procurement of goods for another 6 months up to 01 October 2018. Continue reading


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India – Google tax to be imposed


Google tax is a term used to refer to anti-avoidance provisions that have been passed in several jurisdictions dealing with profits or royalties that have been moved to other jurisdictions with lower or zero rates. Continue reading