Here are some News / Updates / Highlights / Changes in law during the month. Happy Reading !

  • Bharathi Cement Corporation Pvt Ltd vs. ACIT (ITAT Hyderabad)- S. 28(iv) /68: Bogus share premium: The fact that the premium is abnormally high as per test of human probabilities is not sufficient. The AO has to lift the corporate veil & determine whether any benefit is passed on to the shareholders/directors. Directions issued to AO to establish whether assessee company was used as a vehicle to pass on the benefit to shareholders/directors . We also cannot presume or apply test of human probabilities, we are dealing with the business transaction, it has to be based on cogent material. Considering the whole situation, in our considered view, the AO/CIT(A) have restricted themselves by stopping the investigation based on circumstantial evidence and applying test of human probabilities. In order to lift the corporate veil for the purpose of determining whether any benefit is passed on to the shareholders/directors, they have to bring on record proper evidence/cogent material
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  • FinMin plans to prevent composition dealers from charging GST from buyers -In a consumer-friendly measure, the revenue department is planning to make it mandatory for composition dealers and service providers to declare their GST registration status in invoices to ensure that they do not charge any tax from buyers. The measure, once implemented, would check the widespread practice of composition dealers of charging GST from purchasers and not depositing it with the exchequer, an official said.

  • Companies may soon be able to rectify GST returns for Non-IT errors -Indian businesses may soon be able to amend goods and services tax (GST) return mandated for carrying forward tax credit from the previous regime for non-IT related errors as well. The GST Council has directed a committee for IT grievance redressal to quickly draw up a solution that will give relief to industry. Thousands of crores of tax credit claimed by businesses have been denied because of errors in the filing of returns, prompting many to approach judiciary.

  • The GST Council in its 32nd Meeting held today under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley in New Delhi took the following major decisions to give relief to MSME (including Small Traders) among others

1. Increase in Turnover Limit for the existing Composition Scheme: The limit of Annual Turnover in the preceding Financial Year for availing Composition Scheme for Goods shall be increased to Rs 1.5 crore. Special category States would decide, within one week, about the Composition Limit in their respective States.
1.1 Compliance Simplification: The compliance under Composition Scheme shall be simplified as now they would need to file one Annual Return but Payment of Taxes would remain Quarterly (along with a simple declaration).
2. Higher Exemption Threshold Limit for Supplier of Goods: There would be two Threshold Limits for exemption from Registration and Payment of GST for the suppliers of Goods i.e. Rs 40 lakhs and Rs 20 lakhs. States would have an option to decide about one of the limits within a weeks’ time. The Threshold for Registration for Service Providers would continue to be Rs 20 lakhs and in case of Special Category States at Rs 10 lakhs.
3. Composition Scheme for Services: A Composition Scheme shall be made available for Suppliers of Services (or Mixed Suppliers) with a Tax Rate of 6% (3% CGST +3% SGST) having an Annual Turnover in the preceding Financial Year up to Rs 50 lakhs.
3.1 The said Scheme Shall be applicable to both Service Providers as well as Suppliers of Goods and Services, who are not eligible for the presently available Composition Scheme for Goods.
3.2 They would be liable to file one Annual Return with Quarterly Payment of Taxes (along with a Simple Declaration).
4. Effective date: The decisions at Sl. No. 1 to 3 above shall be made operational from the 1st of April, 2019.
5. Free Accounting and Billing Software shall be provided to Small Taxpayers by GSTN.

6. Matters referred to Group of Ministers:

i. A seven Member Group of Ministers shall be constituted to examine the proposal of giving a Composition Scheme to Boost the Residential Segment of the Real Estate Sector.

ii. A Group of Ministers shall be constituted to examine the GST Rate Structure on Lotteries.

7. Revenue Mobilization for Natural Calamities: GST Council approved Levy of Cess on Intra-State Supply of Goods and Services within the State of Kerala at a rate not exceeding 1% for a period not exceeding 2 years.

    • GST rules: No e-way bill if returns not filed for two months

      In a bid to force non-compliant businesses to file returns regularly, the finance ministry has barred e-way bill generation while transporting consignment if the supplier or recipient of the cargo has not furnished returns for two consecutive tax periods under Goods and Services Tax (GST). The e-way bill is required to be generated from a common portal by a business for movement of consignment worth more than `50,000. For this, the supplier/recipient furnishes part A of the form with details of GST identification number, value of goods and invoice number among others. Further, part B of the e-way bill form is furnished by the transporter with details of vehicle used.

  • GST: About 16% of assessees do not file monthly returns, shows Govt data

On an average nearly 16 per cent of Goods and Services Tax (GST) return assessees are non-filers of monthly returns, while in the composition scheme, one out of every five assessees is a non-filer.According to data made available to the Lok Sabha by the government on Friday, August 2017 was the best among the 17 months of GST when non-filers’ percentage was less than 7.5 per cent. The percentage of non-filers was 28.75 in November 2018, the highest in the 17 months of GST.According to the law, every person registered under the GST will have to file returns in some form or the other. A registered person will have to file returns either on a monthly (normal supplier) or quarterly basis (supplier opting for composition scheme).

    • IT : Where assessee developer made payments exceeding Rs. 20,000 for purchase of construction materials on bank holidays, since assessee being developer was bound to complete work in a time bound manner and construction activities were carried out continuously even during holidays, therefore, assessee was required to procure materials on public holidays to avoid break in process of construction, said payments could not be disallowed under section 40A(3)
  • IT : Where assessee developer made payments exceeding Rs. 20,000 for purchase of construction materials on bank holidays, since assessee being developer was bound to complete work in a time bound manner and construction activities were carried out continuously even during holidays, therefore, assessee was required to procure materials on public holidays to avoid break in process of construction, said payments could not be disallowed under section 40A(3)
  • IT : Where assessee had produced several documentary evidences to show that person to whom payments were made in cash in excess of Rs. 20,000 had acted as agent of assessee for purchase of construction material on behalf of assessee, such payments would fall under exception clause of rule 6DD(k) and, therefore, section 40A(3) would not apply i.e disallowance not applicabe

  • GST: Input Tax Credit was not available to applicant for lease rent paid during pre-operative period for leasehold land on which resort was being constructed on his own account to be used for furtherance of business, when same was being capitalised and treated as capital expenditure: AAR, West Bengal
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  • Small biz likely to be off GST radar

Businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs. 50 lakh may be exempt from goods and services tax (GST) registration, up from the current threshold of Rs. 20 lakh. The GST Council will takeadecision in this regard on Thursday. While members of the Group of Ministers, which met on Sunday, differed on the threshold, sources said it could be increased to about Rs. 50 lakh. The GoM is headed by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and member of the GoM, Sushil Modi, said the “majority view” was to increase it. Against the recommendation of the finance ministry to increase it to Rs. 75 lakh, Bihar recommended it to be Rs. 50 lakh, while Delhi Rs. 40 lakh. The GoM also discussedapossibility of levyingaflat GST of Rs. 5,000 per year for businesses withaturnover between Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 60 lakh, and above Rs. 10,000ayear for those withaturnover between Rs. 60 lakh and Rs. 75 lakh. However, only business to commerce (B2C) businesses will be able to avail this benefit. Business to business (B2B) entities doing interstate trade will not benefit from the extension. Another GoM, headed by Modi, decided Kerala should be allowed to levyacalamity cess for two years. Further, it also supported the view that the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act should be amended to relax borrowing limits for states that are facingapostcalamity crisis. The rate of the recommended statespecific calamity cess would be capped at 1 per cent over the value of goods and services, and the state would have the flexibility of keeping it ´at´ or ´below´ 1 per cent overaperiod of two years. “The GoM has recommendedacess that Kerala can levy, but this will setaprecedent for any state that needs financial assistance afteracalamity,” said Thomas Isaac, finance minister of Kerala. “The GoM found that it will not be practical to have an allIndia cess since it would be difficult to distribute among states, and moreover it will be the repetition of the existing mechanism,” he added. The floodaffected state will have the flexibility to levy it on select goods and services or across the board. The final decision on all these recommendations will be taken by the GST Council that will meet on Thursday. The GoM also recommendedacomposition scheme for service providers with an annual turnover up to Rs. 50 lakh.

For dealers and suppliers, the GoM has decided the turnover limit for registration under the scheme should be increased to Rs. 1.5 crore. Composition dealers under this expansion would need to file annual returns as against quarterly ones. However, they will have to pay the GST quarterly, withanew simple challan, the GoM said in its recommendations to the GST Council. Further, they will also get the GST accounting software free from the government.

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