Weekly Roundup – India GST News & Updates you need to know
- Dec 13, 2019 | Divita S Gupta
Breather for IT Services and BPOs as Government withdraws GST circular; e-way bill feature to be blocked for taxpayers who did not file their returns in September and October and the GST council starts reviewing GST rates. Read more updates on #GSTThisWeek.
Strict measures against 20.75 lakh GSTINs who did not file returns
In a surprise move to minimise tax fraud, the Government has announced the blocking of e-way bill facilities for non-filers starting December 2019. Over 20.75 lakh GSTINs failed to file their returns in September and October 2019. Taxpayers who did not file their GSTR-3B returns will have their facility to generate e-way bills blocked for an unspecified period.
GST council begins review of rates
The Government will begin discussions for revamping tax rates under the goods and services tax (GST) soon. This might include bringing a few exempted items under the GST radar while reviewing the rates and the cess on all goods and services. Post this review, the GST rate on care, tobacco and cola drinks might be raised.
Government withdraws GST Circular on BPOs and IT Service Providers
A few months ago, the Government had issued a circular that said anyone engaged in the facilitation of supply of goods/services will not be considered to be engaged in export and will now be considered as intermediary, unless it is on his own account. This circular meant that BPO, KPO and IT services were treated as intermediaries under GST laws and as such any refund claims by BPO, KPO and IT services were denied. As the Government has withdrawn this circular, BPO, KPO and IT services can finally have some tax relief.
GST Council may use cess route to boost revenue
Since it is not easy to increase the tax rates on goods that are mass consumed, the GST Council might increase the existing cess on luxury goods. The Council may also correct the inverted duty structure (where the tax on input is higher than on the final product) on a number of items and will address the issue of taxpayers claiming input tax credit amounts that are higher than the actual tax content in their inputs.
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