The Government has tweeted on its official twitter handle for queries on GST about the extension of due dates for submission of detailed returns in Forms GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 for the months of July and August, 2017. The formal notification for extending the timelines is expected shortly. Continue reading
The FAQs give clarity on various issues affecting the IT/ ITES sector and cover several topics such as classification, rate, registration requirement for SEZ units, place of supply, input tax credits (ITC), input service distribution (ISD), composite supply, export of service, cross-charge and invoicing, etc. Continue reading
The CBEC has issued notification nos. 20-23/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 22 August, 2017 amending tax rates on specified services. The news alert captures the changes made in each of the notifications in detail. Continue reading
At its sixteenth meeting, the GST Council decided to reduce the tax rates on 66 items out of the 133 items for which it had received representations. Continue reading
The draft Central GST, State GST and Integrated GST laws have been mostly finalised (except a few open areas) and have been sent to the Ministry of Law for review. Continue reading
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill was passed in Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha on August 3 and has been approved by the Lok Sabha on the 8th August). It has been ratified by 50% of the states. The government is aiming for an implementation date of 1 April 2017. However based on the feedback received from our colleagues, the industry is hoping that such date could be delayed to July 2017 as a lot remain to be done to allow the implementation. The new GST Law will impact IT systems, accounting processes, contracts and business models. Continue reading
In the past, there has been some scepticism within industry on the time frame within which GST might become a reality. However, it looks like there may be real progress, even dramatic progress, soon. Political observers are increasingly saying that the stalled Constitution Amendment Bill could be passed by the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session of parliament due to various political realignments.
With the release of the draft Model GST Law on 14 June 2016, we have crossed a major milestone and this step seems aligned to the overall political progress, that is being reported. Continue reading