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gst on interest premature repayment of deposits, Goods and Services Tax - GST

Issue Id: - 115142
Dated: 2-7-2019
By:- Madhavan iyengar
gst on interest premature repayment of deposits

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X ltd is in business of lending money and accepts deposits from public and members for a fixed tenure say 12 months and interest rate will be 10%

IF any customer wants premature repayment before 12 months then has to forgo interest there will be reduction by 1% ie it will be 9%

Issue: will this 1% reduction be liable for gst

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1 Dated: 3-7-2019

Not liable to GST.

2 Dated: 3-7-2019
By:- Nandan Khambete

Maharashtra AAR held that GST is payable on penal interest recovered by lender for delay in repayment of EMI. Accordingly to same logic, in this case since 1% is held back for prepayment of deposit, i think GST will be applicable.

Also, i think Department can hold it as a consideration for agreeing to the obligation to tolerate an act or a situation, which is treated as a supply of service under para 5(e) of Schedule II of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 ("CGST Act").

3 Dated: 3-7-2019

IMO the same analogy is not applicable inasmuch as here 1% reduction of interest can be termed as incentive or we may say it is a form of discount etc. to the consumer Such reduction does not take the shape of penal interest.

I also solicit the views of other experts.

4 Dated: 4-7-2019
By:- Ganeshan Kalyani

Yes, it is in the form of an incentive and not a penalty.

5 Dated: 14-7-2019

Reduction in interest rate could not be termed as incentive or discount. It is the offer of less benefit in case of earlier getting of the deposit. In my view it amounts to penalty for the depositor and this may attract GST. Other views are solicited.


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