35th GST Council Meeting
35th GST Council Meeting
The newly appointed Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, headed her first GST council meeting on 21st June 2019 at New Delhi. Key highlights of the 35th GST council meeting is summarized hereunder:
Amendment in GST registration procedure
GST registration procedure is going to be eased up by adding the Aadhaar card as proof for obtaining GST registration. Once Aadhaar card is submitted no other documents would be required as proof and authentication can also be done using Aadhaar OTP.
Extension of various due dates
- The due date for filing of an annual return in Form GSTR-9, Form GSTR-9A and Form GSTR-9C has been extended by two months.
- The due date for filing of ITC-04 for the period July 2017 to June 2019 has been extended till 31st August 2019.
- The due date for filing of CMP-02 for opting for composition scheme for service providers as per notification 2/2019-Central Tax (Rate) has been extended till 31st July 2019.
Tenure of National Anti-profiteering extended
In order to deal with all the pending cases, the tenure of National Anti-profiteering has been extended by two years. The tenure of National Anti-profiteering was due on 30th November 2019 however now the same has been extended till 30th November 2021.
The taxpayers with the turnover of more than INR 50 crores are required to generate e-invoice on the GST portal for B2B sales. E-invoicing through GST portal will be implemented from 1st January 2020.
Penalty for delay in depositing the profiteered amount
GST council has approved levy up to 10% penalty of the profiteered amount on the taxpayer for not passing on the benefits of reduction of GST rates.
E-tickets mandatory for multiplexes
The multiplexes are mandatorily required to issue e-tickets.
Blocking of the generation of E-way bill vis-à-vis non-filing of GST return
The implementation of the law of blocking of the generation of e-way bill in case of non-filing of GST returns for two consecutive periods has been extended till 21st August 2019.
- New GST returns filing procedure would be fully made effective from 1st January 2020.
- GST council recommendations on following GST Rate related changes and valuation–
The GST council has recommended GST rate cuts on electric vehicles, chargers and hiring of electric vehicles to be examined by the Fitment Committee and to be brought before the GST council in the next meeting.
Currently, the applicable GST rates for electric vehicles is 12%, whereas GST rates for electric charges is 28%.
Solar power generating system and wind turbines
The GST council has directed the issue with regard to valuation of goods and services in a solar power generating system and wind turbine to be examined by the Fitment Committee and to be brought before the GST council in the next meeting.
Group of Ministers has already submitted their report to the GST council on Lottery; however, the GST council has recommended that certain issues relating to the taxation of the lottery would require a legal opinion of Learned Attorney General.
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