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For the implementation of GST from July, 2017 , Draft law of GST compensation has been approved by the GST council in 10th meeting. Now, three crucial draft laws — Central GST (CGST), Integrated GST (IGST) and State GST (SGST) expected to be approved in the next meeting held on 4 and 5 march. GST will impact on each and every industry & business in India. In Education and Training Industry, India holds an important place in the global education industry. The country has more than 1.4 million schools with over 227 million students enrolled and more than 36, 000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world. However, there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India has become the second largest market for e-learning after the US. In the Education and Training Industry will also be impacted by GST and impact is elaborate in the following aspects:- Tax Payment Registration Input Tax Credit Returns Refund Tax Payment: In the existing indirect tax structureeducation and training industry enjoy various tax exemptions and tax benefits. Education services provided by an educational institution (i.e. institution providing services of pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school not coaching instituteOR education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognized by any law for the time being in forceOR education as a part of an approved vocational education courseto its students, faculty and staff. In addition of above, Following Services provided to an educational institution(i.e. institution providing services of pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school not coaching institute OR institution providing services of education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognized by any law for the time being in force OR institution providing services of education as a part of an approved vocational education course)— (i)Transportation of students, faculty and staff; (ii) Catering, including any mid-day meals scheme sponsored by the Government; (iii) Security or cleaning or house-keeping services performed in such institution; (iv) Services relating to admission to, or conduct of examination by such institution. » Following Services provided by the Indian Institutes of Management to their students as per the guidelines of the Central Government:- 2 years full time residential Post Graduate Programme in Management for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management, to which admissions are made on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by Indian Institute of Management Fellow programme in Management 5 year integrated programme in Management. » Services of National Skill Development Programme implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)OR A vocational skill development course under the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme ORAny other Scheme implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation by the following:- National Skill Development Corporation set up by the Government of India Sector Skill Council(SSC) approved by the NSDC Assessment agency approved by the SSC or NSDC A training partner approved by the SSC or NSDC. » Services of skill or vocational training courses certified by National Council For Vocational Training provided by training providers i.e. Project implementation agencies under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana under the Ministry of Rural Development. » Services of training or coaching in recreational activities relating to arts, culture or sports. Any education and training service except aforesaid education and training services are liable of Service Tax @15%. In the GST Law, It is expected that any education and training service except exempted in existing tax system will of GST @18% then the price will up by 3%. But the input Tax credit will be allowed on the input goods which was not available in existing tax system resulting some relaxation to the education and training service provider. And it is expected that exempted services in the existing tax system will continue to remain exempt as exempt supply in GST law. 2. Registration: In the existing tax system, Centralized registration facility is available for the taxpayer who provides education and training services from more than one premise. Such premises may be located in the same state or in different states. In the GST Law, State wise registration is mandatory i.e. If any institution supply services from more than one premises located in different states then registration in every state from where services supplied is mandatory. For Example: – ABC smart classes having 20 offices in India and each office is located in different state and provide services and head office is situated in New Delhi. In present tax system, Centralized registration facility may be availed by the ABC smart classes however in the GST law, Registration in all 20 states is mandatory for ABC smart classes. Migration of Existing Taxpayers into GST has been started from 08th Nov 2016. In the migration, taxpayers can log in to GST Portal i.e. www.gst.gov.in to fill the required fields and submit scanned documents. Input Tax Credit: In the existing tax structure, education and training services are provided by the various institution and they procure various goods and services for providing education and training services. Service provider avail the credit of service tax paid on input services however can not avail the credit of input tax on procured goods for providing services. In the GST law, institution which will provide education and training services can avail the credit of CGST+SGST or IGST (as the case may be) paid on input goods and services procured for providing education and training services in the following manner: Cross utilization of CGST and SGST will not be permitted i.e. for the payment of SGST, input of CGST is not available and vice-a-versa. For the payment of CGST, first input of CGST to be used then input IGST to be used. For the payment of SGST, first input of SGST to be used then input IGST to be used. For the payment of IGST, first input of IGST to be used then input CGST and then input of SGST to be used. Returns: In the existing tax structure, Education and Training service provider are required to file the following returns:- Half Yearly Service Tax return. Annual Service Tax return. In the GST law, institution which will provide education and training services are required to file the following returns:- Return Particulars Due Date Applicable For Form GSTR-1 Outward Supplies 10thdayof next month Normal tax payer GSTR-2 Inward Supplies 15thdayof next month Normal Taxpayer GSTR-3 Monthly return 20thdayof next month Normal Taxpayer GSTR-8 Annual return 31st Dec of the next FY Normal Taxpayer GSTR-4 Quarterly Return 18th day of next month qtr. Compounding Taxpayer GSTR-5 Return by Non Resident Taxpayer Ø If registration period is less than month -within 7 days after the date of expiry of registration. Ø If registration period is more than one month then to be furnished on monthly basis -20thday of next month. Non Resident Taxpayer In addition of above returns, GSTR- 6 and GSTR- 7 are required to be filled by Input Service Distributer and Tax deductor respectively. Refunds Same as refund in existing tax structure, Refund under GST by Educational and Training institution may be availed in the following situations:- In case of excess payment In case of export of services In case of Finalization of Provisional Assessment. In case of pre deposit in case of Appeal. Further, Refund application shall be filled within 2 years from the relevant date.
Scenarios where you cannot Avail Input Tax Credit we will discuss the scenarios where you cannot avail Input Tax Credit. 1. Registration not applied for within 30 days from the date on which you become liable to register If you have not applied for registration within 30 days from the date on which you become liable to register, you will lose the eligible ITC on inputs and inputs contained in semi-finished or finished goods in stock, on the day before the date on which you become liable to pay tax. 2. After the time limit for availing Input Tax Credit is crossed ITC must be availed within the earliest of the following dates- • 1 year of date of the invoice OR • The date of filing of the return for September of the next financial year OR • The date of filing of the annual return (due date is 31st December of the next financial year) Let us understand this with an illustration. Example: Rajesh Apparel Pvt Ltd is a dealer in men’s apparel. It purchases apparel for Rs.1, 00, 000 from the manufacturer on 15th July, 2017. GST paid on the purchase is Rs.18, 000 (18%). They have filed their annual return for the year ‘17-’18 on 31st July 2018, and the return for September 2018 is filed on 20th October 2018. Here, the three dates to be checked are- 1 year from date of invoice 14th July 2018 Date of filing of return for September of the next financial year 20th October 2018 Date of filing of annual return 31st July 2018 As 1 year from the date of invoice, i.e. 14th July 2018 is the earliest among the three dates above, ITC on the invoice must be availed before 14th July 2018. 3. On goods and/or services used as inputs by a composition tax payer A composition tax payer cannot avail ITC on goods and/or services used as inputs. Example: Laxmi Kirana Stores is registered as a composition tax payer under GST. It purchases grocery items from the manufacturer for Rs.20, 000 and GST is charged @ 12% amounting to Rs.2, 400. As Laxmi Kirana Stores is registered as a composition tax payer, it cannot avail ITC of Rs.2, 400 on the purchase. This GST paid will become part of their material cost. 4. On goods and/or services used for personal consumption Example: Rajesh Apparel Pvt Ltd purchased apparel for Rs.50, 000 from the manufacturer. GST paid on the purchase is Rs.9, 000. Out of the apparel purchased, apparel worth Rs.2, 000 is taken by the owner for his personal use. The remaining apparel are sold to customers. Here, the ITC to be availed on the purchase is Rs.8, 640 (48, 000 *18%). 5. On goods and/or services used for making exempt supplies ITC cannot be availed on goods and/or services used for making exempt supplies and supplies where the receiver pays tax on reverse charge basis. Example: You manufacture an exempt good. You purchase the following inputs (used to manufacture the exempt good) on 4th September 2017- Inward supplies- 4.9.2017 Inputs Value (Rs.) GST paid on inputs @ 18% (Rs.) Raw material A 3, 00, 000 54, 000 Raw material B 30, 000 5, 400 Total 3, 30, 000 59, 400 Here, you cannot avail the ITC of Rs.59, 400 as these inputs have been used for manufacturing an exempt good. 6. On services received for which payment has not been made within 3 months from the date of invoice If the recipient of a service has not made payment for the receipt of the service along with the tax payable within 3 months from the date of invoice, the ITC availed will be added to the recipient’s liability, along with interest due. Example: You have taken auditing and consultancy services from a Chartered Accountant. The value of the service is Rs.50, 000 and the GST charged is Rs.9, 000 (@18%). If you do not make the payment of Rs.59, 000 within 3 months of the invoice date, the ITC of Rs.9, 000 availed by you will be added to your liability, along with the interest due. 7. On goods lost, stolen, destroyed, written off or disposed as gift or free samples Example: You are an electronic goods dealer. On 1st Nov, 2017, you purchase 20 computers @ Rs. 25, 000 each from the manufacturer. GST charged is Rs.90, 000 (@18%). On 2nd Nov, 2017, 1 of the computers gets destroyed completely and cannot be used any more. You cannot avail the ITC on that computer, i.e., Rs. 4, 500. 8. On motor vehicles and other conveyance ITC is not allowed on motor vehicles and other conveyance unless they are: • Further supplied OR • Used for transporting passengers or goods OR • Used for imparting training on driving, flying, or navigating such vehicles or conveyances Example: Super Cars Pvt Ltd, a car manufacturer, purchased a Tempo Traveler for the transport of employees within the factory premises. Super Cars Pvt Ltd cannot avail ITC on the Tempo Traveler as it has not been used for the above activities. Let us look at another scenario. Mukesh Travels, a tour operator, purchased a Tempo Traveler for the purpose of transporting tourists during their package tours. Here, Mukesh Travels can avail ITC on the Tempo Traveler, as it is used for transporting passengers – a business activity for Mukesh Travels. 9. On food and beverages, outdoor catering, beauty treatment, health services, cosmetic and plastic surgery ITC cannot be availed on food and beverages, outdoor catering, beauty treatment, health services and cosmetic and plastic surgery, except where they have been used for making outward supply of the same category of goods or services. Example 1: Super Cars Pvt Ltd take the services of a caterer, Rakesh Caterers, for Diwali Celebration event for its employees. Super Cars Pvt Ltd cannot avail ITC on the catering service, as their business activity is not catering service. Example 2: Rakesh Caterers take the services of a Shamiana provider while providing the catering service to Super Cars Pvt Ltd. Here, Rakesh Caterers can avail ITC on the Shamiana services, as they have been used for making outward supplies of the same category of services. 10. On membership of clubs and health & fitness centres, rent-a-cab services and life & health insurance taken for employees, except notified services which are obligatory to be provided to employees Example: Mukesh Travels, a tour operator, takes an annual membership of a fitness centre, Pratham Fitness Centre, for the use of its employees. Here, Mukesh Travels cannot avail ITC on the GST paid on membership charges. 11. On travel benefits to employees on vacation, such as leave or home travel concession Example: Super Cars Pvt Ltd reimburses its senior employees on travel expenses as part of LTA (Leave Travel Allowance). Super Cars Pvt Ltd cannot avail ITC on the GST component of the travel fare reimbursed. 12. On tax component of cost of capital goods, if depreciation has been claimed on the tax component ITC cannot be availed on the tax component of cost of capital goods, if depreciation has been claimed on the tax component in Income Tax return. Example: Super Cars Pvt Ltd purchases machinery for Rs.50, 00, 000 to be used for the manufacture of cars. The GST paid on the machinery is Rs.9, 00, 000. Super Cars Pvt Ltd claims depreciation of Rs.59, 00, 000 on the machinery under Income Tax, which is including the GST component. In this case, Super Cars Pvt Ltd cannot avail the ITC of Rs.9, 00, 000 on the machinery. Treatment of Input Tax Credit already availed in exceptional scenarios When a regular dealer who has availed ITC switches to the composition scheme When a regular dealer who has availed ITC switches to the composition scheme, the person must pay back the ITC availed on inputs in stock, inputs in semi-finished state, finished goods in stock and capital goods (reduced by the prescribed percentage points) on the day before the date of switching to the composition scheme. Example: You are registered as a regular dealer. You switch to the composition scheme on 1st September 2017 as your turnover does not exceed Rs.50 Lakhs. On 31st August 2017, you have the following inputs in stock on which ITC has already been availed- Closing stock- 31.8.2017 Inputs Value (Rs.) GST paid on inputs @ 18% (Rs.) Raw material A 1, 50, 000 27, 000 Raw material B 20, 000 3, 600 Total 1, 70, 000 30, 600 On switching to the composition scheme, you have to pay back the ITC of Rs.30, 600 availed on the inputs in stock. When taxable goods and/or services become exempt When taxable goods and/or services supplied by a person are notified as exempt, the person must pay back the ITC availed on inputs in stock, inputs in semi-finished or finished goods in stock and capital goods (reduced by the prescribed percentage points) on the day before the date of exemption. Example: You manufacture a taxable good, which is notified to be exempt from GST with effect from 15th September 2017. On 14th September 2017, you have the following inputs in stock on which GST has already been availed- Closing stock- 14.9.2017 Inputs Value (Rs.) GST paid on inputs @ 18% (Rs.) Raw materials 1, 00, 000 18, 000 Inputs in semi-finished goods 50, 000 9, 000 Total 1, 50, 000 27, 000 The ITC availed on the inputs in stock, ie. Rs.27, 000 will have to be paid back. Note: GST rates are not finalised yet and the rates mentioned in the examples are for illustration purpose only.
GST Council plans to take up three contentious laws for discussion; targets 1 July roll-out Aiming towards a smooth roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July, the GST Council will look into the three GST laws in its next meeting, scheduled for 18 February. The session by the Secretaries Panel at CNBC-TV 18 Mint’s ‘Budget 2017: The Verdict’ programme in New Delhi on Thursday evening discussed in detail the GST and its power to arrest, disinvestment plans, mergers and acquisitions, proposals for a new financial year, and other factors. West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra, who also heads the empowerment panel on GST. AFP file image “Industry is looking forward to the laws and rules. Once they are finalised by the GST council, it will pave the way towards the implementation of GST from 1 July. The agenda of the next meeting is to look into all the three laws. In the subsequent meetings, we’ll take up the rules. As far as rates are concerned, it’s going to be a simplistic formula. The council has said that there would be four slabs: 5 percent, 12 percent, 18 percent and 28 percent, ” said revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia. After the announcement of the Budget on 1 February, West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra, who also heads the empowerment panel on GST, sent 16 demands to the Finance Ministry to look into, including the arrest clause, which was described as “draconian” by the West Bengal government. “The power to arrest tax defaulters is already there under excise and service tax laws, and also under VAT in some states. After an extensive debate, a majority in the GST Council decided that no arrests should be made in cases of tax evasion up to Rs 2 crore. However, evaders between Rs 2 and Rs 5 crore could face bailable arrest. Above tax evasion of above Rs 5 crore, it may invite non-bailable arrest, ” he said. Is there a new financial year on cards? Economic affairs secretary Shaktikant Das said, “The report to change the financial year is under consideration by the government. We are examining it, and once the decision is taken, it will be communicated.” On IDBI Bank’s disinvestment plan The government announced in the Budget that it hopes to raise Rs 72, 500 crore in FY18 by divesting stakes in public sector firms. Compared to the revised estimate of Rs 45, 500 crore for FY17, this is an increase of around 60 percent. While discussing the disinvestment plan of the state-run IDBI Bank, Das said, “The divestment of IDBI Bank is not off the table. The work is in progress. Its share value in the market doesn’t reflect the real estate it holds in Mumbai. The real estate valuation needs to be done carefully and a transparent decision needs to be taken in this case.” “We’ve not derailed from the path of financial prudence. Today, our economy needs investment in certain sectors. As per the NK Singh panel, our fiscal deficit target is 3 percent and we’ll improve it in 2017-18, ” Das added. Priorities in 2017: “To ensure people pay tax and society becomes more tax compliant”: Ashok Lavasa, finance secretary. “Budget 2017 is very strong on reforms, and our focus is on implementation”: Shaktikant Das, economic affairs secretary. “Roll out of GST from 1 July 2017 will be the Year of GST”: Hasmukh Adhia, revenue secretary. “Look for a stable and buoyant market”: Neeraj
GST roll out next fiscal: Is the govt looking at changing the financial year? Aiming towards a smooth roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July, the GST Council in its next meeting on 18 February will look into the three laws in GST. The session by Secretaries Panel at ‘Budget 2017 The Verdict’ of CNBC-TV 18-Mint at Hyatt Regency in New Delhi on Thursday evening discussed GST and its power to arrest disinvestment plan, merger & acquisition, proposal for a new financial year among others in detail. “Industry is looking forward to the laws and rules. Once they are finalised by the GST Council – it’ll pave way towards implementation of GST from 1 July. The agenda of the next meeting is to look into all the three laws. In the subsequent meetings we’ll take up the rules. As far the rates are concerned, it is going to be a simplistic formula. The council has said that there would be four slabs of rates—5%, 12%, 18% and 28%, ” said Revenue Secretary, Hasmukh Adhia. After the announcement of Budget 2017 on 1 February, West Bengal’s finance minister, who also heads the empowerment panel on GST, sent 16 demands to finance ministry to look into, including the arrest clause. The arrest clause has been described as ‘draconian’ by the West Bengal government. “Power to arrest the tax defaulters is already there in excise and service tax, and also under VAT law in some states. After an extensive debate, majority in the GST Council decided that no arrest would be made in the case of tax evasion up to Rs 2 crore. However, evader between Rs 2-5 crore will face arrest but get a bail. But above, Rs 5 crore, it’s non-bailable, ” he said. Is there a new financial year on cards? Economic Affairs secretary, Shaktikant Das said, “The report to change the financial year is under consideration by the government. We’re examining it, and once the decision is taken, it will be communicated.” On IDBI Bank’s disinvestment plan The government announced in the Union Budget on 1 February that it hopes to raise Rs 72, 500 crore in FY18 by divesting stakes in public sector firms. Compared to the revised estimate of Rs 45, 500 crore for FY17, this is an increase of around 60 percent. While discussing the disinvestment plan of the state-run IDBI Bank, Das said, “The divestment of IDBI Bank is not off the table. The work is in progress. The share value of it in market doesn’t reflect real estate it holds in Mumbai. The real estate valuation needs to be done carefully and transparent decision needs to be taken in this case.” “We’ve not derailed from the path of financial prudence. Today, our economy needs investment in certain sectors. As per the NK Singh panel, our fiscal deficit target is 3% and we’ll improve it in 2017-18, ” added Das. Priorities in 2017 Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary: To ensure that people pay tax and it should be a more a tax compliant society. Shaktikant Das: Budget 2017 is very strong on reforms and our focus is on implementation. Hasmukh Adhia: Roll out of GST from 1 July. Year 2017 will be the Year of GST.
March 2, 2017 • No Comments Why is Technology the Epicentre of GST Implementation Share 262 Tweet Share 12 +1 2 SHARES 276 Technology-assisted compliance is not an entirely new concept in India. Way back in the 1990s, taxation departments used technology for tax administration. However, this was mainly as a backend mechanism. A major shift in behaviour occurred when online filing of returns was introduced. This was largely a result of different computer systems being integrated, thus enabling taxpayers to directly interact with the tax department. Under the current taxation system, data or information broadly flows in one direction to the Government, which we can describe as a B to G or Business to Government data flow. With the use of technology, the time and cost has reduced significantly while accuracy of compliance has been greatly enhanced. Technology for GST compliance – what is different this time? With technology already a driving force for compliance today, what then is the need to revisit issues that concern the right technology for GST implementation and compliance? Why will technology play a pivotal role in GST implementation and administration from both a government and business perspective? With GST, the two major goals that the government intends to achieve are: • Reduce tax evasion • Simplify compliance for taxpayers In the prevailing tax systems, there are several cases where the government has not been able to detect evasion and loss of tax revenues. As a result, it has become a challenge for the department concerned to track the input claims against the liability of the seller. There have also been numerous cases of duplication of claims on input tax, fraudulent claims, input tax claims that do not correspond with tax liability declared by the seller, or seller who has not furnished his tax liability. In order to overcome this, GST has introduced invoice matching of buyer and seller. It has been estimated that the taxpayer base under GST is around 8 million. With billions of invoices to be matched on a monthly basis, there is a critical need for a real time invoice matching capability, supported by robust IT infrastructure. There is no way invoice matching at this scale can be achieved manually. What is GSTN’s role in simplifying compliance for taxpayers? The GSTN is currently working on rolling out state-of-the art IT infrastructure that will introduce changes that are significantly different from the current system. Equipped with an open API (Application Program Interface), the GSTN server will seamlessly connect with third party applications used by taxpayers, thus providing an all-user interface, and convenience via desktops, mobiles, and tablets. This will assist taxpayers to automate their invoice matching from within their software rather than by logging onto the portal. This will save time, and drive simplicity of compliance procedures. GST will drive a lot of discipline in filing returns at regular intervals, and automation will help businesses achieve this with less pain. Use of technology will also enable efficient tax administration for registration, returns filing, data exchange, and effective investigation, monitoring, auditing and performance analysis with little or no human intervention. It will also provide several user-friendly features such as offline capabilities, alerting capabilities, mobile/tablet interface, and additional mechanisms to avoid duplicity of data. As this tax system is being implemented for the first time in India, businesses will encounter several challenges during the initial stages of implementation. However, once systems are streamlined, the two important objectives envisaged – curbing tax evasion, and increasing tax revenue and ease of compliance for taxpayers will be achieved. The success of this transformation will help our nation create history in the world of GST compliance. So what should businesses do now? The GST regime which begins on July 1, 2017, will ride on the strength of technology with seamless interface with the GSTN server. Businesses must automate their manual systems, and install software that is robust enough to interact with the GSTN system, and assist in immediate, accurate, and reliable compliance. Invoice matching is a very critical requirement of GST. Because of the clear timelines dictated by GST, compliance will no longer be a month-end or quarter-end activity. Therefore, invoice matching and other compliance related activities cannot be achieved using a manual or a low-tech system. Speed and accuracy are both critical. Businesses will have to start interacting frequently with the GSTN system. This will require a GSTN-enabled business application or accounting software so that the task ahead become seamless and efficient.
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