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21ST GST COUNCIL MEETING: MAJOR DECISIONS

Goods and Services Tax - GST - By: - Dr. Sanjiv Agarwal - Dated:- 13-9-2017 - GST Council (GSTC) which met at Hyderabad on 9th September, 2017 for 21st time took may decisions, major ones being hike in Compensation Cess on automobiles (motor cars) and extension of return filing dates for July, 2017. Following are the key decisions taken by GSTC: Return Form GSTR-3B will continue for six months, i.e. upto December, 2017 Renewed return dates (as on 09.09.2017) for July, 2017: GSTR-1 10th October, .....

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ber, 2017. The exact date of deduction / collection will be notified later. Reduction of GST rates in about 40 items of goods such as walnuts, tamarind, roasted gram, some pooja items, plastic raincoats, khadi fabric sold by KVIC, saree fall, clay idols, irrigation nozzles, charkha for yarn, cotton quilts, worked cords, brooms / brushes, table / wood kitchenware, paper mache articles, stone inlay work, statues, ceramic pots etc. (see table below) 5% GST on branded pulses, cereals etc registered .....

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2% to 7% except electric cars, hybrid cars and small cars to be effective from 11.09.2017: Small cars, 13-seater vehicles & hybrid cars : No change Mid-size cars : Cess increased by 2% Large cars: Cess increased by 5% SUV's : Cess increased by 7% GST on construction services (works contracts for public structures) for Government reduced from 18% to 12%. Handicraft traders below turnover of ₹ 20 lakhs having inter-state supplies need not register for IGST. Supply of heavy and nucle .....

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ber, 2017 18.10.2017 (no change) GSTR-6 July, 2017 13.10.2017 Compensation Cess on Vehicles In case of motor cars, there will be status quo maintained on rates so far as 1200 cc petrol and 1500 cc diesel cars are concerned. There will be no additional burden on such cars. With latest changes in cess, GST Council has introduced for first time the progressive or graded cess levy on different types of motor cars or vehicles. The old and revised compensation cess w.e.f. 11.09.2017 is as under: Segme .....

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Notification: Amendment in Notification No. S.O. 3118(E), dated the 3rd October, 2016

Highlight: Discount on ESOP to be allowed as business expenditure u/s 37(1), during the years of vesting on the basis of percentage of vesting during such period, subject to upward or downward adjustment at the time of exercise of option.

Notification: Central Government appoints the 20th September, 2017 as the date on which proviso to clause (87) of section 2 of the Companies Act 2013, shall come into force

Notification: Companies (Restriction on number of layers) Rules, 2017

Highlight: Penalty u/s 271(1)(c) - additional income disclosure - surrender of income post survey u/s 133A - he disclosure made by the assessee is voluntary in nature, in the revised return - no penalty

Highlight: Reopening of assessment - notice u/s 148 issued on the directions of JCIT / CIT - a perusal of reasons for initiating reassessment proceedings clearly show that they are against the sprit of provisions u/s 147

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Notification: The Customs and Central Excise Duties Drawback Rules, 2017

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Notification: Exempts intra state supply of heavy water and nuclear fuels from DAE to NPCIL

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 12/2017-UTT(R) to exempt right to admission to the events organised under FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 11/2017- UTT(R) to reduce CGST rate on specified supplies of Works Contract Services

Highlight: Liability to pay duty on import of software - Though no authorization was given by the appellant to DHL, it is an undisputed position that the software has, in fact, been ordered by the appellant and have been delivered to them by DHL - the appellant is to be considered as the importer

Notification: Exempts inter-state supply of heavy water and nuclear fuels from DAE to NPCIL

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 09/2017-IT(R) to exempt right to admission to the events organised under FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 08/2017-IT(R) to reduce CGST rate on specified supplies of Works Contract Services

Notification: Exempts intra state supply of heavy water and nuclear fuels from DAE to NPCIL

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 12/2017-CT(R) to exempt right to admission to the events organised under FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Notification: Seeks to amend notification No. 11/2017-CT(R) to reduce CGST rate on specified supplies of Works Contract Services.

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Highlight: Demand of interest - the period of limitation that applies to a claim for the principal amount should also apply to the claim of interest thereon.

Highlight: Government issues new notifications under CGST, IGST and UTGST to grant fresh exemptions in respect of certain supplies.

Circular: Extension of time limit for submitting the declaration in FORM GST TRAN-1 under rule 117 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017

Forum: 3B mistake

Forum: Excise duty credit on finished stock at additional place of business.

Forum: Input tax credit

Forum: Cess paid instead of SGST

Forum: Manpower Service provider

Forum: Construction of single unit bungalow

Forum: Duty Drawback & Input Credit - under GST

Article: SIMPLIFIED E-WAY BILL UNDER GST

Article: SERVICES UNDER REVERSE CHARGE UNDER GST REGIME

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Highlight: Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 - Notification

Highlight: Implementing Electronic Sealing for containers by exporters under self-sealing procedure prescribed by Circular 26/2017-Cus dated 1st July, 2017 and Circular 36/2017 dated 28 th August, 2017. reg. - Circular

Highlight: Amendment to Paragraph 2.72 (b) of the Handbook of Procedures of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20 - Public Notice

Notification: Amendment in Appendix 3 (SCOMET items) to Schedule- 2 of ITC (HS) Classification of Export and Import Items 2012

Circular: Amendment to Paragraph 2.72 (b) of the Handbook of Procedures of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20

Notification: Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Second Amendment Rules, 2017

Notification: Rate of exchange of conversion of the foreign currency with effect from 22th September, 2017

News: Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency Relating To Imported and Export Goods Notified

Circular: Promote the officers of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) to the grade of Principal commissioner of customs, GST & CX

Circular: Allocate the charges amongst the Members of the Central Board of Excise and Customs



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